For this example we will use the universally known book, Twilight.
I know this is a little blurry, but at the top you will the name of the book and then below the name of the author, which if you click on you can get information about the author and links of all the books they have written. Below that there is the rating of the book.
At the very bottom of that picture are little blue words, with red next to them, that my friends, is the jackpot! The first set of blue words says the # of new (BRAND NEW) books they have for you to buy, from different sellers. That just means that sellers outside of amazon will ship you the book but amazon handles everything (paying, confirmation, shipping etc). The blue next to it is the lowest price available, in this case it is $4.99.
Next to that is the same things, but in this case it is used books. The lowest price for a used book at the moment is... $ 0.96! Wow! The third blew lettering is collectables, which may mean a first edition, a signed copy. Who knows.
Oh look I can make it bigger now! Anyways, I clicked on the "Used books" in blue, and it brought me to this page. Starting from the left you see the price of the book, then next to that the condition of the book, it ranges from poor to like new. Then you see a description of the seller, they're percentage of - hmm how do I say this - "trustiness"? Consistency? Good rep?
You can also buy the book straight from this page and add it to your cart.
Now lets back up, imagine we are back to the main page, (The first picture). Below the second picture on this post, right under the "new", "used", "collectible"; there is a box.Most people miss this box but it's really quite valuable. This box shows you all of the formats of the book that amazon carries, and then the price of the book that amazon charges. The highlighted one is the one that you are currently viewing. Sometime though, if the book is in hardback, people might be selling it (you know the whole blue # thing I was going over) for even less than the paper back, so it's always good to check out both forms of the book.
I'm going to click on the Young Adult tag. It brings you to this page (The page is the same for all the tags, the content just changes.)
I narrowed it to paranormal romance and got 36 pages of results. Now each cover image (like the one below) comes with the name, author, they show you the price amazon offers (ex: buy new), and then the lowest price you can get if you buy used. This, in my opinion, is an easier way to scroll through books, to see what the best price will be on amazon. There are 15 books to a page.
As far as shipping goes, if you spend $25 dollars on things amazon specifically is selling, shipping is free. Regular shipping costs apply for other sellers but it is usually $4 or under.
So this concludes The Art of Buying Books Part 1. Hopefully I will have part 2 up tomorrow, but these are very time consuming so we shall see. I think it might be another weekend post.
But, I do promise some more reviews this week, I know it was pretty lax this past one.