Let’s Discuss: Brick & Mortar vs Amazon

Not too long ago, there was talk about the destruction of brick & mortar stores. At least, it felt that way. I read article after article about how physical stores were a dying breed, how no one was shopping in malls anymore, how we were starting to rely on online shopping. And to an extent, this is probably true.

Amazon offers convenience and competitive pricing, especially for those of us who enjoy reading. But even though I’ve heard that bookstores aren’t flourishing anymore, especially the independent ones, I’ve heard of new ones opening. A new one opened just last year in my hometown  And I have to wonder, will this store last?

I love the idea of going to a physical bookstore. I feel like it’s so much easier to find a book there than online. I can actually browse without the nuisance of Amazon’s sorting algorithm. But at the same time, I’m expected to pay more. And honestly, I’m cheap.

Sometimes there’s only a dollar or two in price difference, but sometimes it’s more substantial: $5, $10. That adds up, and I’d honestly rather pay less if I can. But then I feel like I’m a jerk. I’m support big business and ignoring the little guy, even though the little guy is offering me the same product at a higher price. Being the frugal person I am, I can’t stomach coughing up the cash.

So when it comes down to it, I’ll probably stick to Amazon–with the exception of a good used bookstore.

Anyway, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Do you try to shop at independent/brick & mortar stores, or do you stick to Amazon?

8 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss: Brick & Mortar vs Amazon

  1. bookbeachbunny says:

    Unfortunately I only have a (small) Barnes and Noble in my town and I’ve found Book Depository shipping to be free but generally awful. So that leaves Amazon. Like you said. I try to support B&N but it’s hard to pick up a hardback or even a paperback and look at the price and know that you can get it for half that on-line.

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    • Megan says:

      I should probably support stores other than Amazon, but I have such a hard time buying something when I know it’s available for a cheaper price. I do frequent used bookstores though, so that counts, right?


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