Advantages cheaper than any store I know - usually very good
Disadvantages delivery time is not clear - phone sales reps have bad attitude (or at least the one that I spoke to did)
I am a regular purchaser of books from Amazon. I have made nearly a dozen purchases and have been impressed by the service that I have been given. However, I'd like to draw your attention to one time (the most recent) when I ordered a book. The book was Microsoft Frontpage 2000 Unleashed published by SAMS. The price was cheaper than anywhere else I had seen it and so decided that I would buy, especially as the delivery time was "normally 2-3 days". (this was good because I was needed some fast help for my web site). 7 days later my book hadn't been delivered so I checked out the cool "where's my order" part of the web site and found that it was still on its way. I consoled myself with the fact that I had saved £15 on the rrp.Three days later a package was delivered - but to my horror it was the WRONG BOOK!!! I doubled checked that I hadn't ordered this book instead of the one that I wanted and it turned out that I was right and they had sent the wrong book. Well, after a few calls to an "bad attitude" customer service rep and after they had told me that the book that I really wanted would take another 10 days I decided to cancel the order and request that my credit card be refunded.
I still needed the book! I called my local book store "Baytree Books" in Waterlooville - they ordered it and the next day it was ready to be picked up.So what did I gain? What did I loose? I lost my confidence in Amazon for one - although it has to be said that on all the other occasions my orders were completed on time and without mistakes. The attitude of the sales rep really doesn’t encourage me to buy again from Amazon. (one month after this purchase my credit card was refunded). I lost time, waiting for the book that was advertised as “normally 2-3 days”. I also lost money because my local book store charged me the full price. Was it worth it? I dunno! But I’ll tell you this, local stores are fighting back!
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