There are a couple of books I would really like to get my hands on. One is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day which I have talked (at length) about before. This book is hugely popular right now and probably not going to make it to my local thrift or used book store anytime soon. I’m a member of Paperback Swap (which I love) and have it on my wish list. My position on the waiting list? 588 out of 607. I don’t think I’ll be getting it there soon either.
So off to Amazon I go. As a last resort I will consider paying for shipping to buy a used book. Amazon claims to have 18 copies that are used. Okay, now we’re talking. First copy, less than a two dollar savings over the new book. The remaining “used” copies actually cost more than I can get the new book for. Plus shipping. Now I know it’s not all about money. This is a Compact issue. Why buy new when there are used available? Upon further inspection, what has been categorized as “Used – Like New Condition” is listed as “Brand New” in the comments. Isn’t that false advertising or something? I want used. You said you had used. Now you tell me they’re actually new. Like that’s a good thing. I said I want used dangit.
I haven’t handed over payment to Amazon or anyone else yet. I’m still debating the issue. I’m not a huge fan of owning books, why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? But there are exceptions. I have about a dozen books I’m looking for right now that I’d like to own. Unfortunately I’m not the only one. (You should see the wait list for In Defense of Food!) Halfway through the year and I’m making a mental list of what might change about our Compacting next year. Of course that does nothing for my current dilemma.
If you follow the Compact or just don’t like to buy new I’d love to hear how you have handled similar issues. Do you spend more money to buy used? Do you buy “new” if it claims to be used? Do you simply do without for things you’d like to have if they aren’t available used? Please comment, I’d really like to know. Really.