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Habits are bad for you...

I know virtually everyone uses Amazon.

Can you change your habits?

If you know something is bad for you, would you stop doing it?

Drinking vodka in the daytime and driving? - I'd hope so!
Eating Only McDonalds? - you might start feeling unwell and chubbier too.
Swearing and Spitting in public? - some struggle here...
Littering? - imagine a claw comes from the sky and picks you up and drops you in the local smelly tip...

Buying from unethical retailers? surely we all know this happens and yet...we still do it... Habits...

They are easy to form and hard to break.

I have previously said, if you use my site or simply enquire about any books... I will always do my best to assist with service and price.

We pay our way- it could only ever be more too, and as I'd like to think you all know Amazon don't, plus having worked for them, I know how they treat people, they have this sheen of shiny, happy, smiley, but really it is just that a sheen, underneath is a less than nice methodology of bullying and abuse.

But, they still seem to be the go click place of choice for books and much else...

We see so much 'shop local' 'support the Indies and High Street', but sadly it isn't happening enough is it?

Consider this, I saw a teacher posting how thrilled she was with her 'books for school' I'd say 80% of her 'parcels' were from Amazon and 1 box from a  'bookshop' as it came from Gardners the UK book wholesaler.

She may well not have known that we and other booksellers can and will do free delivery too and discounts too and we can invoice so you pay after pay day too...

Amazon cunningly grab your cash before you get sent your books.

If anyone looks at what they have ordered from Amazon recently and then checks the price they paid and compares with us or asks us... Maybe, you can return your book to Amazon, they do a free returns if you say the item is 'not good enough', to be fair it is a very good policy of theirs, it really is.

But, consider if you see how much you have spent with them and it is easy to check, and consider could you spend that money locally or online with Indies like us... could you actually spend the same or even less?

I think you can... I look up quite a lot of what I sell on Amazon to compare and I am cheaper on many things, but sell very little.

I have over 1500 friends on Facebook and also on Twitter and they aren't all the same people... But, I sell on average 1-5 books a day and make about £1-2 per book. This is my sole income...
Until I can revisit schools/libraries and that may well be September... 

Amazon still will be selling much more than books, I also can and will  diversify, but there aren't many other jobs out there,and my skills, experience, knowledge and investment is in my book stock, so I need to sell more and build up to be sustainable, so... Share out to friends/family about the site, it has a lot on it, more will be added, but asking is always a good idea... I often say, use PayPal to my email address tonythebook@live.co.uk and use the 'family' setting as it saves the fees...

We all need to try and make good habits and break bad ones... 

Maybe actually sharing more stuff online is a start, it always puzzles me the lack of shares I get, sometimes I get decent likes, but not many shares, I try and share as much a si can that I see and feel is worth doing.

Also, in reference to schools, we offer talks/workshops and author/poet/illustrator visits that can start anytime allowed, you don't get that from Amazon...