Hate Amazon? 6 alternatives for buying books, electronics and more
Here's where to buy if you want to avoid the Web's biggest bully
The Amazon bully just got nastier, with Amazon refusing to take orders for upcoming books from publisher Hachette for authors including J.K. Rowling, Tina Fey, and others, because Hachette won't agree to Amazon's lowball pricing demands. Tired of buying from the world's nastiest Web site? There are plenty of other alternatives --- here are six of my favorites.
Barnes and Noble doesn't just own brick-and-mortar bookstores. (Remember those?) It also has a very good book-buying Web site, with steep discounts on physical books and ebooks. And if you don't want to use a Kindle, get a hold of Barnes and Noble's Nook, a very good tablet and eReader. If you prefer, you can instead download a Nook app to your PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet. And if you buy from Barnes and Noble, you can buy new or old books from any publisher, including Hachette.
Looking to buy used, rare, and out-of-print books? Then try this site, which claims to have 85 million of them. You won't even have to face a delay in getting J.D. Salinger's short stories like you will on Amazon because of Amazon's strong-arm tactics against Hachette.
This has long been my go-to site for buying electronics. It's got a great selection, excellent prices, smart support, and I've found the personal reviews better than at Amazon.
If you're in the Amazon habit for buying all kinds of goods, using eBay is a good way to break it. It's been a long time since it's only been an auction site, so there's plenty you can buy even if you're not in the mood to haggle and bid.
Have you been buying music from Amazon? Go here instead. Big selection, big discounts, and DRM-free format.
If you're a member of Amazon Prime and are looking for a streaming video alternative, head to Netflix. It's better anyway, and has better original programming.