Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. - Vladimir Lenin

I have oodles to tell you regarding polar bears, and comic books, and what I have on deck to read, and the attack of the Hound of the Baskervilles, and, oh, all sorts of stuff. But today, I pause for this brief plug:

I adore half.com, and you all know it.
But turns out, they are not always the cheapest.
You can now find out who has the cheapest edition of the book you are dying for by searching on booksprice.com, which compares multiple book prices at many major online bookstores.
Kind of like mySimon, but for books.
Which is all that's really important anyway.

It's got a simple and intuitive interface, and a clever little feature that lets you shop for several books at once and compare whether it's cheaper to buy them all from one place or from separate places (the answer might surprise you!). They compare shipping costs and link you directly to the stores themselves, should you decide to purchase then and there. You also can search for DVDs and CDs.

Over the course of about a dozen searches for everything from the Sandman books to cookbooks, half.com was indeed cheapest, ten or so of the times. But the other couple times, they were not, and the discrepancy each time was almost four dollars.
Which could buy you another book.
Or at least a grande non-fat no-whip peppermint mocha.

Multiple Book Price Comparison
(yes, they COULD use a catchier, um, catchphrase...)

[No bloggers were harmed in the writing of this commercial.]

(And yes, they did send me a free book. But I only accepted AFTER I had thoroughly checked prices on their website...because, you know, I AM in the market for Neil Gaiman books...and I do have SOME standards. AND they did not ask for a plug, they asked merely for a link...which is also on my sidebar. Because it really is a cool and useful site. So there.)


Joke said...

What EXCELLENT news. If this information made me any happier, I'd require an hour in the confessional.



kilowatthour said...

woooo! i use a similar thingy for textbooks: bigwords.com. if i weren't so lazy i'd go see if they do normal books, too. but i'm lazy.

Badger said...

Kewl! There used to be another site that did exactly this, but it was called something else, and it went away and I was sad.