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I know there are many amazon fans on here, and I have been known to buy a few things from there too.  But it occured to me today, is amazon becoming a virtual supermarket to the detriment to the independent high street shops?

I have had this thought as well, but it is so hard…..financially they are so much cheaper, morally I would love to buy just from my local independent bookshop, (who are great and I support as much as possible) but I just cant afford it, especially as my little sister is expecting again grin  which will total 11 nephews and nieces all with birthdays/christmas etc etc. x

She doesnt have 11 they are spread between my 3 sisters, and brother in law!  tongue wink

Hmm, I am an Amazon fan. I mostly get second books and films, which I can’t get anywhere else. Mainstream shops do NOT have the alternative non-fiction books, which we read. Where else than Amazon would we find books about home birth, home education, breastfeeding, ethical living, etc? Also, I prefer buying second hand instead of new, not only because it’s much cheaper, but from an ethical point too. Amazon is also great because you can read the reviews. Sometimes, we read the reviews for an item, and then go to town and get it, so we can also see it physically.

Saying that, I find myself lately shopping more online than in mainstream shops. Well, where else could I get organic clothes, slings, cloth nappies etc? I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and got most of the baby essentials without getting into Mothercare at all. I also use charity shops. If everyone would behave like me, most shops in town would close down. I’d love to see that happening actually, and then in their place ethical small independent shops appearing. I so much prefer going to a physical shop to buy rather than virtually via the net, but, sadly, nowadays there’s very little I can buy from a shop in town.

Ah, our food shopping comes from our local organic shop; we get everything we need there, and very rarely, maybe a couple of times per year only that we need to nip into a supermarket to get something. Well, we’re very lucky to have this wonderful organic shop about 10 minutes bike ride away from our house.

Hope my rambling answered your question, even though I may have gone a bit off topic. I have very strong feelings about this shopping affair. I prefer to shop on a as-needed-basis rather than shop only because it’s the weekend. I’ve even started not to shop for Christmas presents anymore, and the last few years were the most pleasant because we didn’t get stressed out about presents. I grew up in a poor country, without a mad culture to get as many presents as possible, and more than the previous year etc. Anyway, I better stop here… that would be another topic for discussion. Hugs, Bianca

Attachment and travelling mama, home educating Toby, 17.02.2012. Vegs. Neither telly nor car. Brompton bikes. Live in Reading, Berkshire.
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We have a fab independent bookshop near us (October Books, Southampton) which has got things for me that I couldn’t find on Amazon!  They also have a great stock of toys that the kids can play with, so I actually get to look at the books.  We are lucky to have something like that.  All the books you just listed Bianca, you could get October Books to source for you.

I use Amazon (via the Nectar site to get my points!).  Always check there against ebay

For kids stuff, I’ve often bought from independent shops that are a long way away.  Independent shops can have websites too.  Getting to a shop with 2 small children is difficult and looking round and choosing when one kids is tired and the other needs food, just makes it miserable for everyone. 

I think having kids has taught me to go shopping for a need rather than for fun, so we are buying less.  But it has also lead to some poor choices as I know I won’t get back to the shop again for a while and I have a need.  When the kids are older, I think I’ll be back shopping but more choosey over where we shop.

akaekb - 17 January 2012 08:35 AM

All the books you just listed Bianca, you could get October Books to source for you.

Thanks for the tip, akaekb. I’ll give it a go next try I need some books. Cheers, Bianca

Attachment and travelling mama, home educating Toby, 17.02.2012. Vegs. Neither telly nor car. Brompton bikes. Live in Reading, Berkshire.
Skills You Need to Change the World,,

I use Amazon but as Bianca mentioned, often buy secondhand on there. I don’t use it often as I don’t buy much new, but can’t afford to buy new books in highstreet shops - I LOVE waterstones, always my favourite birthday present to have vouchers to spend there, but just can’t afford it so rarely buy books at all and if I buy them for the children,I do use Amazon and book people. I also think part of the problem with Tesco is how MUCH they own, online finance, bookstore etc - I read the other day that more people are employed by Tesco than by the British Army - that seems mind boggling to me but I don’t know how Amazon compare. They don’t do finance, insurance etc do they? It’s the total world domination idea that I object to! And I think Amazon offers a good way for smaller retailers to sell through their umbrella… am I just trying to justify it to myself?!

I can’t shop on the highstreet often though, hardly any shops here, none that I need except post office and greengrocer, so have to shop online or pay tonnes for public transport (over £10) to city 20 mins away (or borrow car at weekends, then expensive petrol) then back on bus with 2 small children and a weekly shop…I feel the best thing all around is to have online deliveries - the driver makes multiple stops and we can afford to eat and stay sane!

Claire xx

I know what you mean, and I agree Amazon is just like supermarkets in a way but often the only place to get something.

I’m also a user of October Books, fantastic shop and always helpful with ordering books for you. Similarly I shop at the Permaculture mag green shop at the sustainability centre down here on visits or by mail order. I do use Amazon or Book Depository though, often for the used books first and only new from Amazon if it’s the only place to get what I would like. I don’t buy many new books these days, probably only a few crafty type ones or specialised books on other subjects and they just aren’t in the shops.

We use amazon a lot, but pretty much exclusively secondhand stuff. I couldn’t have managed Christmas for my family without shopping online, as I was so heavily pregnant I couldn’t run after grace. I also buy from charity shops and a local-to-where-we-used-to-live butcher and health food shop.

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I suppose they do have the choice for second hand, and they have their market place too, where you can get pretty much anything. So those are some benefits.  I suppose it is the cynic in me that makes me wonder who is losing out when things are so much cheaper at amazon than they are on the high street.  And what is this doing to the local economy? 

Not trying to make people justify their use, just my usual ramblings! wink

Ilike Amazon for the reviews, but try find the thing cheaper on eBay.  My fiction books and DVDs all come from the library though!  Or charity shops.  I just can’t afford the RRP of books.  Or maybe I could if I didn’t buy as many!!

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