I know we are all supposed to hate Amazon, but I don't. I love Amazon. Granted, I wasn't too happy last year when they were screwing over some of my Hachette authors, but I couldn't boycott. I just couldn't.
Let me first say that I also love my neighborhood indie bookstores, particularly the New England Mobile Book Fair and Newtonville Books. My first choice is always to buy my books at one of those stores. If they don't have what I need and I have time, I order it from them. But if I don't have time, and I need it tomorrow, I get it from Amazon.
But I get so much more than books from Amazon. Looking at my last few non-book orders: earbuds, tea bags, water filter, humidifier, wheelchair. And a few months ago I finally explored their "Subscribe and Save" program, which is amazing. You agree to get a delivery of a certain item every x months (you decide), and you get 5% off and free shipping. But you can cancel the subscription any time you want! I use this for things that we use regularly but that are a pain in the neck to buy at the store, like bags of dry cat food and giant packages of toilet paper. They arrive at my door just before we run out! (You can easily change the subscription schedule if you need to.) One more thing I don't have to worry about.
Of course I have Amazon Prime, which allows me to get free two-day shipping on almost anything. Often the items come the very next day. Prime also allows me to stream certain videos for free, which I always forget I can do!
I also finally got the Amazon VISA card, where you earn points for every purchase anywhere. I used it for quite a few of Julie's Bat Mitzvah expenses (flowers, booze, chair rentals, etc.) and earned so many points that for some time after, every time I put something in my Amazon cart it was free! I know that lots of people have credit cards that earn them air miles, but we don't travel enough for that to be worth our while. All these years I've been using my L.L. Bean VISA, which I still have, to earn free snowpants and parkas and boots and backpacks. Now I'm mostly using the Amazon one.)
Another thing you can do is have a portion of all your Amazon purchases go to the charity of your choice. All you have to do is begin all your purchases at Smile.Amazon.com instead of just Amazon.com. (I frankly wish it would happen automatically. I sometimes forget to go to Smile, and usually but not always a reminder pops up to ask if I want to go to Smile. Yes. Always.) My current pick is charity:water, a nonprofit that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Finally, I get a few pennies every time one of you lovely people purchases something on Amazon by using one of my embedded links or buy starting your shopping trip in the Amazon search thingy in my sidebar (which is not visible in Chrome for no good reason I can think of). My goal is for that to cover my annual fee to Typepad for hosting my blog.
So, if you must, go ahead and tell my why I should still hate Amazon. Lalalalalalalalala I can't hear you!