Monday, July 18, 2011

Used Books Need Not Apply...


Today I got my order from Amazon- the book Truman by David McCullough. I was excited until I saw that my supposedly new book had dirty residue on the front and back covers, a black marker line across the top pages and the edges of the front cover were bent. I did buy this from a merchant on Amazon (it was fulfilled by Amazon) but I mean come on- the description did say new and nowhere did it say that it was a closeout book (I have bought closeout books from Amazon and Barnes and Noble before and did not have a problem with the marker lines because the sites let me know about them in the descriptions and the books were in pristine condition).

I emailed Amazon to let them know so we'll see what they say. I only saved about $2 by buying the book I did- next time I'm just going to buy directly from Amazon.

This situation opened my eyes to the fact that I am a book snob- I only like new books that have never been pawed through by other people's grubby hands. I don't know why I'm like this but there is just something about cracking open a brand new book and then displaying it on my bookshelf once I have finished reading it. Yes, I suppose this is extremely not frugal. Instead of buying used books at a discount or getting them free at the library (the library does not work for me due to the reason that I don't like being under time constraints when reading novels) I buy them brand spanking new. In my defense, I do usually only buy the paperback versions and mostly buy on Amazon because they seem to have the best prices.

What can I say- my thing is brand new books; grubby, used books need not apply.

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