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Jane and The Dragon

I was so glad to discover my local bookstore can order ‘Jane and the Dragon’ in for me (Not sure what Jane and the Dragon is? Go to this earlier post to find out). I much prefer to buy from local businesses than the internet, not just for the personal contact and the sake of warranties (though I’ll not deny either of those to be a factor) but because I want to support local businesses. These are people who quite possibly own the house down the street from me and while I’m sure my one or two books a month (who am I kidding? A week more like it ;p ) don’t seem like much, but it makes a difference between what could be their business staying open or closing down.

My parents owned their own business for as long as I can remember (and another before that one which they owned before I was BORN). When they sold it I was shocked – almost as shocked as when they sold the farm and moved to the Gold Coast (lucky bums). I grew up in a working environment, talking with other local business owners in the center, listening to Mum and Dad talk about the ins and outs of the business and eventually when older, joining those conversations.

Being raised in a family that survived on that income makes me more sensitive to the trials and tribulations of a small business owner and of course more inclined to try and buy locally. Yes I know I could get the book for less online, but you know what happens online sometimes? You get sent an item that was bent in the post by an over-zealous postman, or the item isn’t as described and the returns policy expects you to post it back three days before you even received the item. Not to say that you should never buy online – just I prefer to buy locally if the option is there.

Does anyone else feel strongly either way? It’s always nice to hear other points of view.

Jane and the Dragon picture from the Official Jane and the dragon Website


  1. Erica

    Yep, I’m with you! Buy local so that shop will be there when you need it!

  2. Kath Lockett

    Buy local when you can, but sometimes you can’t and that’s where the internet makes life much easier. I’ve especially appreciated that since moving to Switzerland!

    • Kirstie

      True, I certainly don’t hold it against anyone if there’s no way to get it locally, or of course if the price difference is dramatic. I bet there’s lots of stuff from home they don’t have in Geneva –

  3. Mum of Adult Kids

    I’m not usually into fantasy, but Jane and the Dragon looks like fun! (the hero is a female, what more could you want)
    I’m with you re: buying locally, and while I make a few purchases online, these are mostly from businesses in Australia. I just loathe physically going to the shops. The only exceptions I’ve made are (funnily enough!) books, which I have purchased from the book depository (UK).

    • Kirstie

      I’ve used the book depository a couple of time for books you can’t get in Australia, they’re a good service – and their postage rates are very reasonable. I know what you mean, actually leaving the house can be such a pain, and during peak periods like Christmas you really don’t want to go!

  4. Marita

    I’m with you. All the books stores in our shopping centre closed down and then Robinsons Bookstores opened up – they are a small local business and I’m supporting them as much as my finances allow.
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    • Kirstie

      It’s so sad when a business you like closes down. I hate the feeling.

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