March 12th, 2006

Hanakimi

A brief look at buying things online.

I really should have been studying, but this was playing on my mind...
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A bit of comparison for aihre and anyone else who wants it (and a reference for me). I'll be referring to amazon.com because that's where I've done most of my online spending so far, other than on ebay, and the latter is very subjective.

I don't buy that many things online. Mostly, my online spending is relegated to items I cannot find in shops on the street (whether here or in Singapore), although that is going to change the next time I decide on an artbook spending spree. And since Australia isn't quite big enough to have an 'all-in-one' online store like amazon.com (we have reason to complain...a grand total of eight other countries have their own online amazons, including Canada which has 1.5 times Australia's population), shopping online isn't as feasible for us as it is for people in those 'lucky' countries, even though it's often those pesky Americans who keep spazzing about piracy and licensed goods and what not. They can also keep their American accents, thank you very much, but that's another story.

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In summary, unless it's produced by an Australian company (eg. Madman for anime DVDs) or is imported in large numbers by a single nationwide retailer (eg. the special edition LOTR cds by JB Hifi), then don't bother asking for a special order. Get a credit card and order it online yourself. The same should apply for books (although the shipping charges are, unfortunately, always higher than CDs and DVDs).


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And now, it's time for me to finally make use of those two bricks I brought home this weekend.
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