In this post I shall talk about how to go about buying books ( again I want to tell you that the opinions expressed here are my own and I have interacted with these sellers and have made substantial purchases from each of them). I must advise younger readers to seriously think of reading e-books for storing and caring for paper-books is a headache. Also try to get memberships in libraries. Since I am in academia, I get money from the government to buy books relevant to my academic works. Otherwise, books are pretty costly and beyond the reach of the middle-classes.
Firstly, I have discontinued shopping with indiaplaza.com . They could not get me most of their advertised books and the discounts are much less than at other sites. Yet I had spent huge sums to buy books from their site. As I said, I have now discontinued buying books from them. They had a bad experience with me, as I had with them. So my views about this site is biased and should not discourage you from hunting for bargains from their site too. They did try to win me back with Promo Codes.
Now there are really two very good sites for buying books. Infibeam.com is very very good, and they generally get me all the books I want. But in spite of being a really high-ticket buyer of books from them, I have had no incentives in the way of promo-codes etc. from them. Those would have been appreciated a lot. Flipkart.com has an excellent delivery mode but the prices of books are slightly higher by and large than at infibeam.com . Again I have the same grouse as I have with infibeam.com. I have spent thousands here but have received no further discounts to encourage me from buying more from flipkart.com . Amazon.com has loyalty programmes for their compulsive buyers. The two sites I frequent and buy books for huge sums have not rewarded me in any way. That really hurts.