On A Conversation About Books and Money

@j-i-a OK, I kind of ranted about this already to Nicole, but I'm a little drunk so... What about the fact that often when we "buy from Amazon" we're actually buying from some other store/small seller? Because that person often has a better deal. Or what if they don't, and we just choose to buy from Amazon seller CharityShoppe114 instead because it's a church that got a huge donation of new Crocs for some reason? Is the fact that Amazon still gets a share of the profits enough to make us not buy from them? I'm sincerely asking the question. Because I totally agree that the labor issues are a reason to not buy from there, but if you went on Amazon and bought one of my books it would be packed by me on my coffee table while drinking tea or wine, which is not so bad. And I sell a lot of books.

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 1:24 am 2

On A Conversation About Books and Money

@Nicole Cliffe But you are supporting small businesses too! These discussions seem like they usually revolve around the premiss that by buying on Amazon (the site,) you're always buying from Amazon (the huge corporation). This is false. I am an Amazon seller. 99% of the time my books are cheaper than buying straight from Amazon, and therefore people usually buy from me before they buy from Amazon. (If you click on "12 New from $7.99" or whatever, you are generally buying from a small seller, a charity, or an independent bookshop's online store. One of the reasons The Strand in NYC stays alive is because they sell on Amazon.) For me, I source the books myself and it's a fun hobby as well as a nice supplement to my income. Amazon takes a small percentage of my profits, but it's honestly worth it because they make everything so easy.

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 1:07 am 4

On A Conversation About Books and Money

@gobblegirl This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. So here we go:
1) True, but you don't admit it readily.
2) False
3) False
4) True
5) True
6) True and you know it. It is like "Swedish summer"
7) T
8) T
9) Another one of those fake false, but actually true things
10) False
11) T

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 12:47 am 0

On Get This Look: Angela Lansbury

@catalina Thank you!!!

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm 1

On Get This Look: Angela Lansbury


Posted on January 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm 5

On Bonnie Raitt Singing John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery"

LOVE this song. Post it on my facebook at least once a month. This is the song that spontaneously plays in my head whenever I'm feeling melancholy. Bonnie Raitt is A.MA.ZING.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm 0

On Skipped Weddings, the Sex Talk, and Attracting the Attractive

Dude #1: actual scientific studies have been done on this. http://www.amazon.com/Upside-Irrationality-Unexpected-Benefits-Defying/dp/0061995037 And it turns out, most people just become less shallow and start to value things like personality more. If you find that you cannot do this maybe it's because you're hung up on being ugly and having a hot trophy wife to prove that you've transcended your whole level of attractiveness. Or, you know, attractive people are attractive.

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm 5