Thanx for replies re: Amazon vs. others

Deg Farrelly (DEG.FARRELLY@asu.edu)
Sun, 7 May 2000 16:23:49 -0700 (PDT)

Many thanx to all who responded to my inquiry about use of Amazon.com

I appreciate the added suggestions of other vendors to try.

I was perhaps too circumspect in my original question. Our acquisitions
unit is interested in processes that are quick and easy and minimize the
paper work that staff must complete. We are also interested in obtaining
shipments in the shortest time frame, with the least number of "Unable to
Fill" reports, etc. All honorable.

I am, however, concerned with the long term effect of pulling business from
the established, "brick and mortar" companies (Ambrose, Facets, Films for
the Humanities, etc.) in favor of e-commerce. I am not questioning the use
of e-commerce. Traditional, time-proven vendors, however, add value
(carrying obscure, less profitable titles, assisting in tracking down
hard-to-find works, collegial relationships on a first-name basis, etc.) I
am concerned that if the popular titles are siphoned off to the e-vendors,
the future of companies like Facets is threatened.

I am also concerned of an attitude of "Amazon First" resulting in an
attitude that if Amazona cannot supply, no one can.

Thank you again for your timely and informative responses.

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Media / Women's Studies / Document Delivery Program Manager
Arizona State University West
4701 West Thunderbird Road, P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
Phone: 602.543.8522 | Fax: 602.543.8540 | E-Mail: deg@asu.edu