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My "I Told You So" Moment [Apr. 13th, 2009|03:45 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I'm going to take a moment here - just a brief one - to say that I stopped using Amazon back in the fall of 2000, when they changed their privacy policy to declare my personal information as part of their property so they could sell it if they felt like it.

And sure, they said it was just in case of bankruptcy, to make it clear that it was an asset, and they weren't PLANNING on selling it, but still...

I'd also like to point out that the Harvard Bookstore in Harvard Square (http://www.harvard.com) will do SAME DAY DELIVERY on a nice, non-polluting BICYCLE to Cambridge, as well as parts of Somerville and Allston. They'll do next day delivery to the rest of Somerville as well as Watertown, Brighton, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Boston, and South Boston.

In addition, Pandemonium (http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/) and Porter Square Books (http://www.portersquarebooks.com) are locally owned, have fantastic selections, and support the local writing community with both their stock and their events.

Both Harvard Bookstore & Pandemonium stock used books and all three stock gay/les/bi/trans titles.

All three bookstores deserve your patronage more than Amazon does.

You can find specific used books using the meta-search engine http://www.bookfinder.com, which searches the ABE network and tons of small, independent bookstores (as well as B&N, Powells, & Amazon).

Finally, with regard to your music purchases, Newbury Comics is a locally owned and operated chain with a METRIC TON of new AND used, cheap CDs, movies & TV shows on both VHS & DVD, lots of vinyl, AND cool toys.
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From: moria923
2009-04-13 09:04 am (UTC)
What did I miss? What happened to spark your "I told you so" moment?

I must admit I won't be switching from Amazon any time soon. I use it mostly for CDs and a few household products. What I like about it is that I can browse independently on the Web site, without having to find someone in the store to ask for assistance. Before I started using Amazon, I pretty much had to know what I wanted before entering the store, and then just ask for it. Now I can browse and find stuff I wouldn't have thought of on my own.
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[User Picture]From: sparkymonster
2009-04-13 11:48 am (UTC)
You can browse independently at www.powells.com
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[User Picture]From: gem225
2009-04-13 02:19 pm (UTC)

jumping in to answer

Amazon.com is removing sales rankings from gay- and lesbian-themed books, both explicit and non-explicit, and claiming now that it is a glitch.
Here is the first report of this:
http://markprobst.livejournal.com/15293.html
Here is a good roundup of posts on what is now being called Amazonfail:
http://gehayi.livejournal.com/326678.html
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[User Picture]From: selkiechick
2009-04-13 02:21 pm (UTC)
Amazon has stripped the sales rankings from books with gay and lesbian content, which also removes them from any searches customers might make looking for them.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/04/13/amazon-gay-sales-rank.html?ref=rss

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090413/ap_en_ot/books_amazon_2

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[User Picture]From: sparkymonster
2009-04-13 11:48 am (UTC)
ALSO

http://www.indiebound.org/indie-bookstore-finder

Finds local independent bookstores for people INCLUDING online ordering options.

ALSO ALSO

DId you know that the oldest LGBT bookstore in the US (Oscar Wilde bookstore in NYC) is closing. http://www.queerty.com/americas-oldest-gay-bookstore-will-close-its-doors-20090203/ FUCK YOU AMAZONG OMG OMG OMG
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2009-04-13 06:02 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, Amazon has said that the "rating glitch" will be fixed shortly. I'll be interested in seeing how they respond to this, though.
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