Today, I have a unique post for my blog, wherein I’ve tested a website, Book Outlet, that claims it is one of the cheaper places to purchase both new and used books.
Now, before I begin, I should start off by saying that this “test” was by no means difficult for me, given that the three novels I purchased have been on my wishlist for a while now.
With that disclaimer out there, let’s get into the post shall we?
The layout of the website is pretty straight forward. There are sections for new arrivals, scratch/dent, and young adult among others.
Searching for books is also easy enough to figure out. However, if results for your search pop-up is another beast entirely.
I went through quite a few searches before I found books that I’ve been meaning to purchase, so just keep it in mind that this website will not completely replace your other book-buying websites.
Now to get into the fun part, the books!
The first novel I chose to purchase was The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman.
From what I can gather by the brief synopsis, this is a contemporary fiction novel simply about a journalist trying to find happiness. According to the synopsis itself the novel:
“Plunges into the psyche of a flawed, sometimes infuriating modern man–one who thinks of himself as beyond superficial judgment, yet constantly struggles with his own status anxiety, who is drawn to women, yet has a habit of letting them down in ways that may just make him an emblem of our times”
It sounded like an interesting read, has fairly decent reviews on Goodreads, and therefore, I bought it.
The list price for the novel on Book Outlet was $15.00 USD, with the sales price being $4.49 CND.
For comparison, I went to my other book buying website, the incomparable Amazon, and low and behold the sales price for the paperback version of the novel was selling for $13.45 CND.
Apart from a black dot at the bottom of the novel, it’s in pretty good condition.
In all, I am rather pleased with this purchase and cannot wait to dive into reading this novel.
4/5 (for book)
The second novel I decided to purchase was All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon.
This is a historical fiction novel set in 1986 during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Though I don’t know a lot about Russian history, the premise of the novel intrigued me, and as such I bought it.
The list price for the novel on Book Outlet was $22.99 USD, with the sales price being $6.99 CND.
Again I went to trusty Amazon and found that this novel is being sold for $18.13. Two for three currently, and oh boy am I starting to get excited.
Much like The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., this copy has some markings on the bottom of the novel, but otherwise in pretty good condition.
Overall, I’m once again pleased with this purchase, and when I got my hands on this novel, I started reading it without hesitation.
4/5 (for book)
The last novel on my purchase list turned out to be The Bees by Laline Paull.
This is a dystopian fiction novel that centres around, you guessed it, a colony of bees. With Hunger Games long over, I needed to find another dystopian novel to fill my reading time and the premise of the novel is definitely something I wanted to check out.
The list price for the novel on Book Outlet was $15.99 USD, with the sales price being $4.99 CND.
The list price for this novel on Amazon is $16.99 CND, which makes Book Outlet the clear winner for pricing.
Unlike the previous two novels, The Bees is in near perfect condition, which I personally prefer.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (for book)
The shipping cost for the three novels I decided to check out with came to $5.65 CND. Shipping, in general, is handled rather interestingly on Book Outlet, as the outcome is dependant upon how many books you choose to purchase.
With shipping, this brought my total owing on Book Outlet to $22.12 CND, whereas the price on Amazon for these three novels would have come out to $48.57 CND with free shipping.
Now, these are pretty exciting numbers if you spend a good chunk of each paycheque on books, however, there is one instance where Amazon has the upperhand, delivery.
I ordered these three novels on November 10th, 2015, with an expected delivery date of November 19th, 2015.
Firstly, Book Outlet used Canada Post for delivery purposes (bleh), and when my expected delivery date arrived the novels were in Richmond, B.C.
From then on, my tracking number failed to work, and the novels were finally delivered to me on November 23rd.
Unfortunately for Book Outlet, I use Amazon’s two-day shipping option, so if I’m being honest with myself, this really wasn’t a fair fight.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (for shipping)
Overall, I am rather pleased with the outcome of using Book Outlet.
If you don’t mind waiting for books, because let’s be real we all have books we could be reading, definitely check out Book Outlet.