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I just recently purchased an out of print book from a book seller i met from using the advanced book exchange the transaction was great i like advanced book exchange because you can purchase long forgotten books from dealers listed worldwide i would not have access to these books any other way
Summerville, SC, USA
Yes, I have, numerous times. I have never had a problem. To me, nothing beats shopping from home.
Trussville, Al, USA
I have bought many books and other products online, and have found it to be highly satisfactory. It's the perfect way to go, if you know what you want.
Bowie, MD, USA
I enjoy the experience of purchasing books and software online because it's so quick and easy. However, I go online already knowing what I want to buy; I am not there to browse. If I want to browse, I'll go to the bookstore, where I can see, touch, smell, experience the products, somthing I can't do online.
Albuquerque, NM, USA
On a scale of one being the worst and 10 being the best, I'd rate my one, tiny experience an 8.
Medina, OH, USA
I buy many of my books online. I think it's a great way to shop. My experiences with the online book stores has been problem free and since it's so easy to get book store gift certificates online, buying books over the internet becomes very attractive.
Glenolden, PA, USA
The books and clothes I've purchased online were through well-established companies and their service was great. My experience has been a good one.
Southport, NC, USA
In every way so far it has beat the old-fashioned way of shopping for something you know you want, like a specific book or hard-to-find CD. The prices are better on-line, the service is quick, and it's possible to find what you want without having to call a retail store and be put on hold and probably disconnected, drive for miles from one store to another, or wait for eternity to locate a copy of what you want. After searching for over 10 years for a certain recording, I found it on-line in a matter of minutes and paid less than $10!
Lambertville, NJ, USA
I have, and I would rate the experience as excellent. I have purchased from several different online sites, and each one has provided good prices as well as quick delivery.
Augusta, GA, USA
Books, music, furniture, office supplies, vitaminsclothing, even furniture - all good experiences.
Springfield, MA, USA
Yes, it was fine! I ordered from Amazon.com and got my order quickly, and prices were great. BUT, I still prefer browsing through a bookstore - there is nothing like it! Still, the online experience is great when you can't get out of the house!!!
Carlsbad, CA, USA
I've always had a good experience buying books online.
Woodbury, MN, USA
I have bought many products online, but books are my weakness. It is so nice to finish an enjoyable title, then immediately be able to order the other titles in the series, or other titles written/recommended by the author. My den looks like the local branch library! Friends and neighbors use it like a library, too (I enjoy this as much as reading the books myself).
Marietta, SC, USA
I've bought several products online lately - books, vitamins, cds. I would have to saythat I enjoy the ease of purchase, but unless,it's impossible for me to get them locally,I won't purchase anymore books online. I missthe joy of browsing, the smell of new booksand the excitement of getting it home RIGHT NOW to read.
Yes,I have purchased books online (Amazon.com)I found it very simple and quick. I would do it again
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Yes, as gifts. It's been universally a good experience so far.
San Francisco, CA, USA
Yes, and while I enjoyed being able to take advantage of coupons, I hated paying s/h and missed the ambiance of my favorite (non-chain) independent bookstore. But then, not everyone has the advantage of a first-class independent bookstore (with additional cut-rate bookstore with overruns, used, older books). We in Oxford, MS are very lucky have one of the best bookstores in America, Square Books, and their off-shoot, Off-Square Books (pun intended). Kudos to Richard Howorth in running such a class establishment and providing readings and signings by the best writers available.
Bruce, MS, USA
Yes, mostly books. Excellent service from Amazon.com
Bailey, CO, USA
Yes, I've purchased books and other products online. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 10! I love being able to "shop" in my pajamas or at 3 a.m.!
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
I have not bought books on line. I Find it easier to go into the bookstore and browse, especially when I'm in one of those moods when I feel like I have to read, but am unsure about what I want to read.
Pickerington, OH, USA
Excellent! Since orders are printed and can be check by the person ordering before submitting, there are few errors in providers understanding orders correctly. It's so fast! Just a few clicks and providing a credit card number and it's done! In a few days there a knock at the door and your choisen items are in your hands. What a way to do Christmas shopping!!! Forgotten someone's special day? Get something extra special via the 'net and they'll forget that you forgot!!! And you don't have to step outside your door to create something wonderful for someone. Saves wear and ear on your feet and arms as you can say a very pleasant "goodbye" to the mall!
Mesquite, TX, USA
We are up to the limit on our charge card, so we haven't bought anything, as we don't want to incur more interest charges.
Avon, IN, USA
I've purchased several books online and find it convenient as I live in a rural area. The nearest major book store is 25 miles away whle my computer is just down the hall in my office. Why waste gas, time, and money. All books I purchase online seem to be cheaper than what the book stores offer in this location. I can surf to find the lowest prices online as well. Plus, I like recieving packages through the mail: )
Tatum, TX, USA
I've done quite a bit of shopping and bidding in auctions online and have found the experience excellent.
Orange Park, FL, USA
Haven't yet but plan to this week from Amazon.com. I have bought from their auction no problems.
Cathy J. Schreima
Celina, OH, USA
Yes....more and more often. Though I much prefer small, independently-owned bookstores, and browsing through the racks, online book buying has been a lifesaver due to my extremely limited time. I appreciate the reviews posted by fellow readers, and like the fact that sites often will suggest books within a certain genre...books I otherwise might have missed.
Lynn, NC, USA
Yes. It was convenient.
Catawissa, Mo, USA
I recently bought some ram from crucial online. The service was great.
We have purchased a magazine subscription, a necklace, some tea and a toy. Generally, the experiences have been good. When there have been glitches, the companies have been willing and able to help solve the problem.
Hazard, KY, USA
Yes. The best experience has been with Amazon.com. It is easy, efficient, secure and pleasurable! Books arrive immediately and it's hassle-free.
Maitland, Fl, USA
yes - i have bought from amazon.com -- and am always amazed at the speed and efficiency with which the books are delivered - it's almost like you blink and they're at your door!
Ardmore, PA, USA
Buying books on-line certainly saves gasoline and parking hassles. But I so missed the allure of other titles within easy reach; the smell of book dust and printer's ink, that I have now returned to my favorite little independent book seller for all of my purchases!
Smithville, TN, USA
I've purchased books and gifts online through several different companies and the experience has been very good in all cases.
New Berlin, WI, USA
I've purchased books through Amazon.com and found it to be a pleasurable experience.Being able to easily browse at my leisureand in comfort is priceless. The costis reasonable and delivery was fast. Ihaven't bought a book in a store since.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Yes I have bought CD's on line and it was a very enjoyable experience.No lines or crowds and what I wanted was there for the clicking to add to my shopping cart.
Livermore, CA, USA
I've never bought books online yet but I am looking forward to purchacing some in the near future. I really think buying off of the internet is an easy inexpensive way to get what you want fast.
Delmar, DE, United States
Finding books online is very easy, and I have been able to find books that I have never dreamed existed, but there is something of magic in shopping at a bookstore. The sense of wandering between worlds where lands wait, ripe for adventuring, and untold romances sit, ready to capture your heart. The sense of opening and gazing into a book that has never been opened, these you just can't experience online, but it is a fast and easy way to buy books, if you don't want to take a risk of finding something unexplored.
Annabella, UT, United States
I have had great experiences with Amazon.com and less than satisfactory experiences with Buy.com. I ended up cancelling all orders from Buy.com after a six month delay.
Boaz, AL, USA
I've bought new and old books onlinewith never a hitch. Some of the cloth-ing stores need to make their onlinecatalogs easier to use though. Theycould take a hint from sites such asAmazon.com which gives great service.
Hallstead, PA, USA
I regularly buy books online from Seekbooks.com. It's easy, and their prices beat almost everyone else, especially since they offer free shipping.
Sarasota, FL, US
I have purchased from Amazon.com, and I have to admit, it was an eye-opener. I expected the experience to be difficult simply because online shopping leaves no room for accountability. However, with amazon.com, I found online shopping for books to be quick, easy, painless and definitely convenent. I also had my order 3 weeks before they said to expect delivery. I'll definitely be buying books online again.
Lumby, BC, Canada
yes, i have bought books. the experience has been easy.
Golconda, IL, USA
Never tried buying on-line. Not sure it is secure enough.
Bourbonnais, IL, USA
Yes. It's excellent. I particularly appreciate it because, living outside of normal English-speaking countries, by using online services I can get the best variety of books at relatively inexpensive prices. shipping can be expensive, but is still usually below what I would pay here if I bought the book from an importer.
I have not bought books online, but I use the summaries and reviews provided regularly.
Schenectady, NY, USA
The only product I've purchased on line has been books. I like the speed but I miss looking at and reading the covers and finding that book that was just waiting for me to find it. I've lost myself and all the worlds troubles in book stores and re-enterted the outside world a happier person.
Toledo, Oh, USA
yes, books. sometimes very good, sometimes billing & shipping problems.
Gloucester, ON, Canada
yes....found shipping to be prohibitive.
Hutchinson, MN, USA
I have never bought items online personally, but I know some who have. It seems like a very easy and efficient way to shop.
Yakima, WA, USA
Yes, and I have never had any kind of problem buying online. I love it.
Dunbar, PA, USA
Yes, the only way to go
Poway, CA, US
I have bought books through Amazon.com. The books always came quickly and in good condition. I am still a bitleery about buying products online, but I had heard fromother people who assured me that Amazon.com was secure andsafe. I would rely more on word-of-mouth about a particularsite than assurances by the site itself.
Naugatuck, CT, USA
I have purchased books, magazine subscriptions and software online. So far my personal information seems secure. Shopping was easy. Ordering was simple. And I didn't have to put on my shoes! In fact, I am completing my Christmas shopping online - in my bathrobe.
Nokomis, FL, USA
Ok, need more areas that take checks, instead of credit cards
Marion, Mi, USA
Over the last two years, I've purchased books, CDs, gifts, airplane tickets, and computer software through on-line merchants.So far I'd rate my experience a perfect 10.The only problem with shopping on-line is my unrealized fear of credit card fraud.
Kaysville, UT, USA
Yes and the experience was good
Redlands, CA, USA
Yes. It has always been an excellent experience.
Grand Blanc, MI, US
I have yet to buy books online, but enjoy reading the reviews and browsing. I'd rather support the only bookstore for miles around in our tiny Catskill Mt. town!
Margaretville, NY, US
Both books and other products in the UK and the USA. No problems.
Wednesbury, WM, England
Very good experience. Easy and stress free!
Austin, TX, USA
It was fine, quick and easy ... I didn't work out the exchange rate very well though! and the postage can be an expensive problem, especially to Australia.
Perth, WA, Australia
Yes. My purchasing experience online has been good.
Conway, AR, US
Yes...music and contact lenses...Purchasing online is far easier than having to go through stores, catalogs, or telephone. Every option is there and avaiable usually at prices that are comparable if not better than regular retail even including the shipping.
Bremerton, WA, USA
Yes, I love online shopping. I live in a small town in a remote area.Online shopping is a lifesaver, and keepsgetting better and better.
Silt, CO, USA
i do research for products that i am in the market to buy on the internet before i make my purchases......sometimes i do purchase online if the price is right.
Mckee, KY, usa
I've bought from Amazon.com. It's a good deal if you're buying a lot ofbook. Because of the cost of shipping,if you're only buying one or twobooks, then you're better off justgoing to the bookstore.
Willimantic, CT, USA
Buying books online is easy, safe and you can really look around for what you need. without the limits of the conventional retail outlet... i think online buying especially of books isan innovative idea which breaks through the barriers of accessibilty for all ages and people.
I now buy most of my books online. An efficient and uncomplicated experience.
Lacey, WA, USA
The ability to quickly search through the enormous variety of books offered by online booksellers makes buying books online preferable to buying them in bookstores. I can't touch the books or rifle through them, but I can see cover art, read reviews about the book, and (generally) find books that I wouldn't be able to locate at bookstores in my area. Online is the way to go.
Mark A. Poncelet
Ogden, UT, USA
Yes, and I would rate the experience as fairly good.
Ames, IA, USA
I have bought books, and it was an ok experience.
Fresno , CA, USA
I have from Amazon Books and B&N
BSL, MS, USA
Yes, I've bought books online. I think it's a fantastic experience... after all, books are a treasure!
San Juan, PR, USA
Yes, online buying is the easiest way to go
Bono, AR, United States
Easy to almost painless
Dearborn, MI, USA
Yes. I love Amazon.com! It's a great place toorder quality books at a discount.
Crawfordsville, IN, USA
I have had a pleasant experience shopping online.
Glen Allen, VA, USA
Yes, and I like it very much. Door-to-door service is great, much easier than trying to browse in a book store with small children!!!
St. Marys, GA, USA
Yes, I have ordered books online. It was very easy with no problems in delivery. I rate the experience very high.
Gardena, Ca, USA
Yes, It was vey easy to know about new books,and their prices.And all this I could do it from my desk.
S.Subhash Chander Reddy
Warangal, AP, India
I often buy books on-line --- I would prefer using a local store but so much of what I want is small press or obscure I have to buy on-line or not at all.
Charlotte , NC, USA
I've bought books online at both B&N and Amazon -- and like B&N better. Friendlier.
Cranston, RI, USA
Books and software. Have had very good experiences so far.
Juneau, AK, USA
I'm an experienced online shopper. The experience is very easy once you get over the initial nervousness about typing in your credit card number. So far, no problems of any kind.
Universal City, TX, USA
Great -- fast cheap available!
Mountain Ranch, CA, U.S.A.
I love buying books online because generally, there are better savings there. It's also very convenient and easy to use.
New York, NY, USA
Yes but the price of the book worked out to be about the same as that of the mall when they added shipping/receiving charges. Live and learn.
Heath, OH, USA
Yes, I've purchased books and other items online. For the most part, the experience has been excellent.
New Berlin, WI, USA
Yes, great experience; can shop without my children
St. Augustine, FL, USA
I have bought books from Quality Paperback Book Club which i subscribe to. i enjoy it very much as I can find plent of bargain books. For more expensive books, i do like to hold them in my hand at the book store- that way i know if they are well made, interesting reading, etc.
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Yes, I've always had a very good experience purchasing books online.
Woodbury, MN, USA
For a specific need, it;s great. Many books are, while not really impulse buys, the physical book - cover art, flyleaf info, whatever calls out to me.
Budd Lake, NJ, USA
Yes I have and all of my online buying experiences have been positive.
Portland, OR, USA
I have never bought anything online. The reason for this being that I am not totally sure I trust the experience. Most of the online companies; such as Ebay, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., are well known and have reputaions to maintain, so it is only logical that they would not cheat you by not sending your what you ordered, but still even with that much, I am not completely satisifed. I would not, no matter the company and its reputation, ever give out my credit card or other vital information online. This does not mean I so much distrust the companies so much as I am well aware of the fact that there are hackers about, and I can never know what they are capable of and what they aren't. Should they be able to get my personal info, it could prove to be quite a disaster.
Malvern, OH, U.S.A.
Yes I have purshased a number of items online and havent had a bad experience yet.
Boise, ID, USA
I have not had any problems with ordering books online. It has been an easy, hassle free experience.
Mesa, AZ, USA
I'm a happy Amazon.com customer and I have also bought clothing online withno problems.
Hallstead, PA, USA
Yes I have and I recieved the books in good condition and quickly
Jeanette Jacksonv Scarborough, ON, Canada
I never have had any bad experience and everything usually comes pretty quickly.
San Jose, CA, USA
My online shopping experiences have been good ones. I've found impossible-to-find-anywher-else items, quick-ordered gifts (but not for this Christmas!!), and regularly order books, vitamins, food and other items. So much good stuff is just a click (and a UPS truck) away!
Greenville, TX, USA
Excellent, service was fast, paying online safe=which I wouldn't have done, if they weren't a well known business.
Puryear, TN, USA
Yes, all the time. Very nice - I keep doing it :-)
Angela Giles Klocke
Cartersville, GA, USA
Amazon is A-OK
Port Monmouth, NJ, USA
Amazon & B&N online are both very good
Port Monmouth, NJ, USA
Yes. I thoroughly enjoy shopping online for several reasons, the main being that I apparently didn't inherit my father's gene that allows him to find a good parking space during the holidays. This said, it becomes quite obvious why I enjoy online shopping. No parking. And, since I did my online shopping early, I've got everything I ordered considerably before the holiday, thus I don't have to go out on Christmas Eve to the local Walgreen's to buy Chia Pets and Clappers for those whose orders didn't come in on time.
Montgomery, IL, USA
I enjoy buying books online. I rate it as an excellent experience, and have been happy with my purchases so far. I especially enjoy reading reviews and reader's opinons on Amazon and BN sites. Of course, I also like the online coupons. My only complaint is that postage is so expensive. Whatever happened to 'book rate?'
Marietta, GA, USA
I like buying them off line and in person better. It's not only easier, it's cheaper too.
Robertsdale, AL, USA
I'd give it a 9 out of 10 experience.
Saugerties, NY, USA
I was able to find just about everything I needed for research on a writing project from Amazon.com...much better selection than even the library!
Park Hills, KY, United States
Yes, I have bought many books--wonderful experience.
Bloomsburg, PA, USA
Yes. Some have been very good, some have been just mediocre. Really haven't had a bad experience though.
Mansfield, OH, USA
yes. some sites I had problems and won't go back, others the purchase went great
Boise, ID, USA
I have purchased some reference booksduring the past twelve months and foundthe proceedure to be OK.By following the guidelines with regardto a purchase, things seem to work outalright. I was pleased with my purchaseson each occasion, and intend to obtainmore books as I require them.John K Probert
Christchurch, New Zealand
Yes, quite enjoyable, quick, secure and reliable.
Seminole, Fl, USA
Yes, I have purchased many books and products online. Mostly from Amazon.com but my last purchase was from drugstore.com.
Worthington, OH, United States
I have had better experiences !
Cynthiana, KY, USA
Yes, i have bought many books online. It is a convenient way to shop and also offers you reviews, which are helpful.
LA, CA, USA
yep, was easy (amazon)
Weymouth, MA, USA
Depends on the suplier - sometimes you wait for weeks for your books and it wouldbe quicker to go shopping in 'real space'but othertimes it's quick and easy.
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Yes, I have bought a few books from Amazon.com. The experience was fine.
Rochester, NY, USA
I have signed up for magazine subscriptions that bill me later. I am not comfortable giving my credit information online
Vancouver, BC, Canada
I have purchased both clothing and books on line. Purchasing clothing was frustrating because I was unable to immediately determine if the item I wanted was out of stock, would be mailed to me later if the item became available or if the item would be unavailable. This left me in limbo when I was actually out shopping because I didn't want to duplicate purchases to ensure I would get an item. Purchasing books, on the other hand was rewarding and efficient. I was able to read reviews on line and therefore knew I wanted the books plus I purchased them at discounted rates. In addition, one company retained my name on a list so I would be notified when a used copy of a book no longer in print would become available. I find book browsing and shopping on line to be a pleasurable experience.
Western Spgs., IL, USA
A semi-steady selection of books wend their way to this address from Amazon.com - and I've been more than satisfied with the experience. WhileI miss the fun of browsing in a 'real'bookstore, I no longer have the luxury of time to do so...and it's nice to knowthe book(s) I need will land on my doorstep within a few days after myorder.
Sylmar, CA, USA
Yes. Overall I've had a rather pleasurable experience buying things over the net.
Katy, TX, USA
Yes. It was ok, but it took very long for the books to arrive. Maybe is Croatia.... :0)
I have purchased a number of books on line, and I have found the service to be good. Impersonal, but good. I've used Amazon and B&N and Powell, and Hard-To-Find-Needlework-Books.
smyrna, GA, USA
I haven't done any purchasing, just looking and reading reviews.
Orange, VA, USA
yes, mostly from Amazon always a great experience.
West Hollywood, CA, USA
Yes and I have had no difficulties and have been very pleased
Fraser, MI, USA
I've bought lots of books online & it is great given I live in rural Northern New Mexico.
Abiquiu, CA, USA
No I have never bought any books on line before, so I have no opinion.
Drummonds, TN, USA
Yes, and my experience has been excellent.
Fort Smith, AR, USA
Yes. Enjoyed almost as much as going regular shopping.
Houston, TX, USA
yep, good sometimes, not so others
Weymouth, MA, USA
Yes. Good. Good selection, good prices.
Belle, WV, United State
yes. I love it!!
Baltimore, MD, USA
I have, from Borders, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. I had a slight problem with Barnes and Noble, but it was fixed.
West Des Moines, IA, USA
My online buying experiences have been wonderful. Both through new book sellers, such as Amazon, and through auctions.
Rock Springs, WY, USA
My experience has been rather pleasant. There have been no hassle or security issueand my products have always arrived in a timely mannereven during the recent christmas season
Rotterdam, NY, USA