When a person first looks at comparing book prices online, it can be very easy to become overwhelmed with the options that you are presented with. At first it might seem a little bit like you are a pretty woman in the wild wild west, with everyone competing for your hand, but it is nothing so romantic. All they want is to get into your pants and open up your sweet and tender wallet and have their merry way with it.
While it does feel a little bit like I stretched that analogy just a bit too far, the fact remains that most of the sites on the internet are simply trying to make you empty your wallet, and remember the words of the immortal bard, if they aren’t trying to sell you a product then YOU are the product.
So with this in mind, let me share a few tips for shopping for and comparing book prices online.
Always use someone you trust
There are always dozens of different sites on the web catering to your every whim and fancy, but unfortunately not all of them are legitimate and safe to use. Before you enter your credit card information, if you have never used the site before or never heard of the name, it only takes 1 minute to do a quick Google search for the name of the website along with the word “scam”. Check out some of the responses to see if other people have been burnt by this site before.
Age is Experience
In the cut-throat world of the internet, if you are a scammer or spammer or a pirate, then your days are always limited. Spammers and scammers count their website age in days, not years like the rest of the legitimate web. Once a website is suspected of being malicious or scummy, Google or the authorities step in and take them down, either by pressing legal charges or removing them from the Google listings. So again, a quick Google search for the name of the website you are giving your hard earned money to will not go astray.
The Big Names are Famous for a Reason
Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, The Book Depository, these are some of the biggest names in the online book selling business for a reason. They are safe, they will keep your credit card details secure, and you will always get what you pay for. You can either search these websites by yourself or use a trusted website such as CompareBookPrices.org to search all of these websites at once using their Book Price Comparison Tool. Search the big names and never get burnt.