Saturday, February 17, 2007
(11:09 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
Buying Books Online
A couple observations:
- People selling used books online apparently have a radically different concept of what "some" underlining means.
- Whenever I buy something directly through Amazon instead of from one of the used booksellers, the process of actual receiving my package is a huge ordeal, at least when I choose "standard shipping." For instance, on February 5th I paid for 3-5 day delivery; today, on the 17th, I still have no idea where my package is.
I did go to the post office this morning to inquire about the latter point, but literally received no service whatsoever at the window where you pick up packages. I rang the doorbell multiple times, and no one came for like 15 minutes. I was starting to feel upset, so I decided to just leave, because the last time I had to wait at that window, I became mildly annoyed and was subjected to the employees' stock lines about how it wasn't their fault, how getting upset wouldn't solve anything, etc. The effectiveness was kind of undercut by the fact that this was an especially rough day for the post office and practically every employee was deploying the "don't take it out on me" defense every three minutes. Strangely, this only seemed to make people more angry.
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