Let me start off by saying that Amazon is great. If you don't already know the convenience Amazon has brought to online shopping, you're missing out! At the click of a mouse, you can buy almost any product for an amazing price — with free two-day shipping (if you have Amazon Prime, of course). Why wouldn't you use Amazon for all your book purchases? Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not when buying books in bulk from Amazon. This is because the otherwise trusty web-based market doesn't specialize in selling bulk quantities of books. Thinking of ordering 25, 250, 1000, or more copies from Amazon? Think again. Here's why:
1. You can buy books in bulk from Amazon, but there's a limit.
Amazon's "About Bulk Orders" section states that you can make bulk purchases, but your order is limited to however many Amazon sees fit. It even specifies that "in order to provide all customers with a great selection and great prices we reserve the right to limit the quantities of certain items." The proof is in the fine print!
2. Buying books in bulk on Amazon often requires additional research.
If the title you're ordering doesn't have a limit on Amazon, you're still limited to the seller's inventory. For example, when buying books in bulk on Amazon for 100 copies or more, your order may max out at 25 books for each seller. In order to get around this, you'll have to find multiple sellers to buy from. Even worse, you might have to pay a higher price to a different seller for the same book. This makes buying books in bulk from Amazon more expensive and more complicated than it should be.
3. You may have to wait for your books.
Amazon doesn't hold large quantities of bulk books in inventory like they do with other products, which means Prime two-day shipping won't always apply to your bulk book order. This may be an issue if you have a tight need-by date.
4. You don't receive additional discounts when buying books in bulk on Amazon.
Amazon applies the same discount to your bulk book purchase whether you buy 5 copies or 100. Bulk book sellers such as BookPal, on the other hand, offer greater discounts based on the size of your bulk book order. These steeper discounts beat the discount you would receive buying books in bulk from Amazon 99% of the time.
Amazon rocks for buying individual copies of a book, hands down! But if you're planning on buying books in bulk from Amazon, you might want to think again!
BookPal rocks at providing bulk books and custom journals to our customers at tiered discounts, with phenomenal service. We help businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, religious groups, and even the government on their bulk book orders. We specialize in simplifying the bulk book buying process.
So, the next time you're considering buying books in bulk from Amazon, take a look at our selection instead!
This post was written by Shelly Leung, the marketing associate at BookPal. She is currently reading Radical Candor by Kim Scott and The New Milton Cross' Complete Stories of the Great Operas by Milton Cross.