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Archive for November 8th, 2013

Just when I thought everything was humming along fine Amazon.com threw a wrench into the gears. I had finally argued myself out of the last reasonable excuse for not buying another book on Shetland Lace. It was really the one book I needed in order to have a half-way respectable library on the subject. So I went to the Amazon site, found a paperback copy for a reasonable price clicked buy, and that was that. Or so I thought.

Yesterday, my day began with a message from Amazon that my order had been cancelled. I’ve never had that happen before. Okay, back to Amazon, type in book title and Ta-Dah up comes the ones available with prices starting at 100 US Dollars and topping out at 999.99 US Dollars. A very far cry from the 26.50 US Dollars of the one I ordered that was now cancelled.

It’s a paperback book Amazon. I worked in the publishing industry as an editor. I know a number of printers. In short, I know the costs of making a book, and unless the ones being offered at 100 dollars plus have significant amounts of flecked gold embedded in their pages its rip off prices.

I looked at Barnes & Noble. I so do love this particular company. I have their Nook. I love it. I love their stores. I love the knowledgeable book loving people who work there. But they aren’t carrying the book I want.

I found less than a handful of sites that carried the book here in the US. Prices for the paperback were starting at 50 US Dollars on up. Then I looked at the shipping costs. Can we say vulture capitalism?

I thought about going without the book. I’m not an idiot and I don’t like to be treated like one by the marketplace. Then I thought of Jamieson & Smith. They have a blog here on WordPress. The price of the book along with shipping it from Europe to the US cost me less than if I had bought it here.

GOAL!!!!!!! TOUCHDOWN!!!! SCORED!!!!! End zone dance being done. Thank you, the powers that be, for Scotland.

Have a good weekend everybody.

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