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Major Frustration, But a Happy Ending

August 31st, 2012 at 10:48 pm

DH left with his boss for Alaska yesterday. They are on a ten day trip, mostly to fish with a little relaxing thrown in for good measure. His boss owns a place there and paid for all the airfare with cc rewards. Pretty sweet deal for DH. Thankfully, DH didn't need to buy any equipment or stuff for this trip like he did two years ago when he went. He has $600 cash with him for food and any other small thing he might need.

This leads to the frustration: Do you remember the textbook I ordered through Amazon for DH?

Well, he really needed it before he left for Alaska. He had already had three class meeting without the book and was three homework assignments behind because he didn't have the book. (He was totally stressing!) Thursday morning on the way to the airport he broke down and bought the book from the school's bookstore at the mega price of $212.

Naturally, the book showed up today. Ugh! So I had two choices. One, to return it to the online seller and further fuel the frustration. Or two, try to return that book to the school's bookstore. I went with option two. I know that is maybe not quite honest, but the book was brand new and it was the *same* book. The bookstore took it back (I had a receipt after all!) and we saved $76. Even if I subtract some $ for time and gas to go to the bookstore three times, we are still $50 better off.
I am very happy about that savings.

I am planning to leave a remark about how long it took to get the book on the seller's review comments.


5 Responses to “Major Frustration, But a Happy Ending”

  1. mamasita Says:

    I understand the frustration, 3 homework and reading assignments behind is not an easy way to start class!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I know what you mean about the honesty, but I probably would have done the same thing. It is the same book, in the same condition as purchased. No one really gets a raw deal in that case.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    If the book was the same and brand new, I would have dont the same. I hope the hub has a fantasic trip!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I probably would have done the same thing - there was no difference in the books, so I really don't see a problem.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Try selling it at cash4books dot net. They pay pretty good for technical books and recently published books on all subjects.

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