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Subject: A wish list question
Date Posted: 4/5/2009 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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I hope this is an okay question to post here.  After reading a lot of the wish lists posts...about how long a wait it is for some books, I got curious about the buy it now button and it took me to Amazon and there is my problem.  I have never ordered anything online before and when I was on the amazon site it offered me a thousand different ways to order a very popular wishlisted book.  Anyway, do you always automatically order from Amazon or from one of the many sattelite retailers on the site.  I was especailly curious about the ones that offered the book for much much less than the asking price.

Thx....you are all great! 


Date Posted: 4/5/2009 5:12 PM ET
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I have ordered from both Amazon directly and from the individual sellers on Amazon. When ordering a book from one of the individuals, I look at their feedback first to see if other people were happy dealing with that seller. I also calculate the actual cost of the item and the shipping. The free supersaver shipping is not available from the individual sellers. Hope that this helps!

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 5:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2009
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There is another site that has books at great prices. I discovered it here on this forum. It is   alibris.com   I have ordered a bunch of books from them that were previously on my wishlit for only a couple dollars more than the price of  a credit. I like it at least as well as Amazon.com  or Half.com.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 6:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/25/2009
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also, check www.overstock.com

prices are competitive, sometimes cheapest, and shipping is always 2.95 even when  I've ordered several heavy business books.

Sometimes the flat shipping easily makes it the best deal !


Date Posted: 4/5/2009 7:53 PM ET
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If you can buy it only new and in paperback - I recommend buying from Amazon if the book is included in their ongoing 4-for-3 price.  If the book is a new hardcover - look to see if it's in their Bargain Books...if it isn't try to do as Margaret said and try to get your total up to $25 for the  Free Super Saver Shipping.   If you have to buy it used, then finding a flat shipping rate is best because on Amazon the shipping charge is added for each book (only for the USed or thrid party sellers) which makes it expensive unless the price is only a penny!    Amazon sometimes sells their used books or handles the sale of used books for another seller.  However, Amazon also allows you to use a checking account.  But Amazon doesn't allow Paypal (although Paypal says they can be used to pay anybody.).  It all comes down to how you want to pay and who has the best total price.


Date Posted: 4/5/2009 8:15 PM ET
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Jacque - welcome to PBS!

Looking at your WL, I think you have a good mix of books that will move through the system fast and some that are going to take a bit longer. The new wishes granted and estimated time should help a little on what you might want to buy elsewhere and what you want to wait for. That information is by no means a guarantee, but some of that appear to never be posted and you a ways back in the lines might be something you want to keep your eyes out for on other sites and in stores. Some that show a steady stream of postings into the system may be good ones to just wait on.