|Barbie relaxes on an airbed which |
came free with some other stuff.
However ... Amazon have been strongly criticised in the past for tax avoidance. Many shoppers will also not realise how geared up they are to market dominance. I do a little writing on the side, and publish online. So I notice how Amazon attempt to sweep all other online competitors off the net, and also how they advertise books simply in line with commercial success. If it's selling well, it's listed top and is most likely to be seen by new buyers and to earn Amazon more money. New writers have little chance, and also there's little scope for work which might be recommended for other than commercial reasons. Indie writers and small publishers have experienced more insidious problems with Amazon dumping down our work if it starts to look like it's getting popular.
|Barbie bling (those silver boots were |
clearly not made for walking as they
won't even stand up on their own!
Hive is an online bookseller which also supports independent actual bookshops. They offer free delivery on ALL books, not just if you spend over £10. Some books and DVDs I bought from them were cheaper than on Amazon. You can collect your order from a bookshop, meaning you go and browse there at real books on the shelves. They will give a percentage from your purchase to an independent bookshop of your choice so it keeps going on the high street for you to pop into.
|Image from MyArtsOdyssey|
It was almost like Christmas already, opening the lovely parcels and seeing the surprise contents.