I have come to prefer shopping for many items, especially books, CDs and DVDs, online rather than in stores. For me, the service from Amazon.com has been particularly good over the past several years for several reasons:
- Customer reviews really help in selecting products, and can usually be relied on if there are, say, five or more. I always check the lowest ratings (1 or 2 stars) first to see what might be wrong with the item, followed by the higher (3, 4, or 5 stars) ones.
- Products are described in minute detail.
- A full range of similar or competitive products is usually shown.
- Links are provided to independent vendors in their Advantage program who may, or may not, offer lower prices or used merchandise. These are rated as to reliability, determined by customer feedback.
- Suggestions are made for related items.
- There is no pressure to buy.
- Delivery is often free if the total order is for $25 or more.
- Depending on your location, they often do not collect sales taxes.
On several occasions I have gone to Amazon intent on purchasing a particular item, but changed my mind after reading the reviews. I then selected a similar product that was more satisfactory. This helpful guidance is one of the reasons I love Amazon. The other is price — not always the very cheapest, but usually quite reasonable.
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If you have not already experienced shopping at Amazon, you can see what it's like by clicking on the ITEM'S NAME in the box below, NOT on the Buy button. Doing this will get you full information. I have chosen one of my own books as an example because its Amazon listing is very informative. FULL DISCLOSURE: Clicking on any Amazon links on this blog and then purchasing anything at all before leaving the site puts a few pennies in my pocket, which helps defray the cost of maintaining this blog. Thank you.