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Musing on the cost of books


Bargain Betty’s attitude is:

  • Never buy new books
  • Get them out of the library in the first instance
  • Buy secondhand if you have to.

Betty accidentally broke her rule this morning and ordered the book You’re Broke Because You Want To Be from Amazon without first checking that it was available in the local library. It turns out it is.  That was silly. Fortunately Amazon has an option for canceling. So I did that and ordered the book through the library.

I’m only buying the book because I need to write an article about the concept of being broke because you want to be.  Apparently it’s a great in-your-face book.

Buying through Amazon got me thinking. I only buy books if I want to write about them and can’t get them from the library. My first port of call is Trade Me.  If this fails I then look at Amazon as it’s usually cheaper than going to Whitcoulls and has the types of obscure overseas books that I would be looking for anyway.

The only other time that I buy a book new is if I’ve had it out from the library and completely fallen in love with it. This only happens extremely rarely. But I am looking out for a copy of Hungry Planet What the World Eats, for exactly this reason.,

This time, before canceling the order, I decided to buy a second-hand copy at US$3.99 (plus heaps of postage). It seemed like a much better deal than buying it new……I do worry that obscure overseas sellers might not want to post to New Zealand and the book would never turn up. I’m probably letting my mind run away with itself on this one. Like Trade Me sellers, Amazon sellers probably don’t want to get a bad reputation.

2 Comments to

“Musing on the cost of books”

  1. On June 27th, 2010 at 9:43 am Danni Says:

    I use to buy from amazon but find I can usually find what I want for a lot cheaper from another shop and freight is a set fee per book

  2. On July 25th, 2010 at 11:45 am Stephen Says:

    I just found The books are reasonably priced and free shipping to NZ! If I can’t find a book at the library, on trade me and need to go to an online bookstore, it’s always seems to be cheaper once postage is taken into account. They have only taken 4-5 days to arrive too.

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