This is the first of a 3 part series comparing my use of amazon to other retailers. I’m particularly interested in hearing what others think about this.
Yesterday when I posted about Lenten worship ideas I included links to a couple of resources. The links are to Cokesbury’s website. I only did this because they were the first links google returned, not because I would necessarily buy these resources from Cokesbury. I might. But I wouldn’t necessarily.
My experience has been that Cokesbury is usually more expensive than other book retailers, prohibitively so at times. In fact, when I was serving in North Indiana the manager of the Indianapolis Cokesbury was retiring and Bishop Coyner organized a special “Bishop’s Bundle” of books that he encouraged all clergy in the conference to read. They were going to be sold through Cokesbury at a special discounted rate (I believe 40% off). It was still cheaper to buy them from Amazon. So I did.
I know that as a United Methodist clergyperson I should maybe feel some kind of loyalty to purchase from the “company store” but I don’t. I almost always buy resources where I can find them the cheapest. This often isn’t Cokesbury.
How about you? Do you buy more from Amazon or Cokesbury? Or from somewhere else? If an advocate of Cokesbury, can you convince me of why I should choose them?