A moral dilemma: The mighty Amazon vs the local book store; what to do? by Chuck Duboff

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© Chuck Duboff

Going back many years to the days of Watergate, I remember being an insatiable collector and reader of everything Nixon and Watergate.  I inhaled the books and had a good understanding of John Dean, Haldeman and Ehrilichman and Nixon’s hate list.  From Time Magazine to Walter Cronkite to books, I was, I’d say, a pretty knowledgeable scholar when it came to the National Nightmare.

So with the indescribable presidency of one Donald Trump, books have once again taken over my condo.  24/7 news cycles have replaced magazines, while podcasts, twitter and political panel discussions on cable networks have added juice to the political discussion of this most improbable president.

The dilemma which I would love your feedback on:

Fire and Fury is the explosive best seller, detailing the inner workings of the Trump Administration.  I was looking forward to getting this book and this is what I found:

Fire and Fury, from Amazon:   $22 plus shipping and delivered right to your door.

Fire and Fury from McNally Robinson: $39 plus tax and having to drive and get it.

That is a $17 difference; I want to support local businesses…but, how do you rationalize spending an extra $17.

To buy just Fire and Fury from McNally Robinson would cost: $44.46 with tax.

To buy both of the books in the picture above from Amazon, the cost would be $42 and free shipping right to my door.  The order qualifies for free shipping because it is over $35.

Thus, I get two in-depth studies of the inner workings of the Trump presidency and pay $2.46 less.

This past Sunday I ordered both books from Amazon at $42 and today they arrived at my condo…they cost less, I got two books I wanted and I didn’t have to leave my condo to get them.

MORAL DILEMMA: how do you support local businesses with the facts I have provided?  I’d love your feedback.

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