Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bad Bookseller Name. Bad Feedback, Too. Welcome to the Lactation Nurse issue of Bad Bookseller.

Subject basically says it all.
The storefront can be reached by clicking here.
The seller name?
Lactation Nurse 

With every post, we find ourselves asking the question: "Are they really a bad bookseller? Do they really deserve No Cookie?"
Looking at the feedback is our best way to answer that.

Lactation Nurse
Feedback Count (Lifetime)PositiveNeutralNegative

All Feedback:
1 out of 5:"Order canceled without notice from seller"
Date: March 12, 2010     Rated by Buyer: TBL B.

Based on that, I'm not sure the other booksellers on Amazon should be happy about how the nurse is treating their customers. The milk here might be sour.
According to discussions on the Amazon Seller Forum it seems that booksellers get about one feedback for every sale they make. Maybe there are 4 customers out there that think the milk is okay.. it's hard to judge a seller by one feedback.

I've gone ahead and pasted a sample of their storefront at the bottom of this page.
If you know of any other bad seller names, feel free to share.

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Assurance for a Lifetime: Knowing and Living in the Confidence of Christ

Buy New: $2.00
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What to Do When the Roof Caves In: Woman-to-Woman Advice for Tackling Life's ...

Buy New: $11.00
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Women of Faith New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs [Paperback] by Thomas Nelson

Buy New: $5.99
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Catching Fireflies: Teaching Your Heart to See God's Light Everywhere

Buy New: $11.25
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Let Go: Live Free of the Burdens All Women Know [Hardcover] by Walsh, Sheila

Buy New: $12.99
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Cinderella: The Love of a Daddy and His Princess [Hardcover]

Buy New: $9.00
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The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me by Whelchel, Lisa

Buy New: $5.00
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What Have You Got to Lose?: Experience a Richer Life By Letting Go of the Thi...

Buy New: $8.00
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The Courage to be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance

Used from $7.00
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The Laws of Money : 5 Timeless Secrets to Get Out and Stay Out of Financial T...

Used from $10.00
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Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny [Hardcover]

Used from $16.00
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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment [Paperback]

Buy New: $7.00
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French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure [Hardcover]

Used from $9.00
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21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox [Hardcover]

Used from $10.00
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My Life with George: What I Learned About Joy From One Neurotic (and Very Exp...

Buy New: $7.00
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The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for...

Used from $5.00
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The Gift of Jazzy by Adams, Cindy

Used from $7.00
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Living a Dog's Life, Jazzy, Juicy, and Me [Hardcover] by Adams, Cindy

Buy New: $7.00
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The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction by Peterson, Linda H.

Used from $7.00
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Mad Cows and Mother's Milk: The Perils of Poor Risk Communication [Paperback]

Used from $15.00
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Health Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners [Paperback]; Mason, Pip

Used from $25.00
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Amazon UK Can't Pack For Crap

Ordered a bunch of books directly from Amazon UK.
Apparently there's some European Union regulation or another that suggests they use thinner, weaker boxes in the Amazon UK operation than would be found elsewhere.
Seriously, though, there are $700 worth of books in this stupid box, and look at the condition it arrived in.
You notice the little plastic zip tie things on the package?
That's not normal. The box blew up on the US Postal Service and they had to reinforce it.
This is not the fault of the USPS. All carriers, UPS and FedEx included, beat the crap out of your parcels.
That happens about half of the time when I order multiple books from any of Amazon's EU-zone subsidiaries.
My luck's better when I order individual pieces. The cardboard bookfolds they show up in have never blown up, although heavier titles get the occasional corner bump.

Bad Bookseller Amazon UK! Bad! No scone! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Amazon Marketplace Seller: maria1287

Yet another example of Amazon's poorly enforced listing rules, and perhaps too-easy-to-get-into third-party marketplace.
For anyone who didn't realize it, your items need to match the item's description on the main page in 100% of all details.

Bookseller Violation:
Non-compliant item.
Bookseller name:
Amazon seller maria1287
Item Description:
"THE PICTURE ABOVE IS USE JUST AS A REFERENCE!!! this book is the lasted edition 2009 a colored background papercover "VCC EDITION" THIS BOOK ONLY INCLUDES VOLUME 4 (which is ch. 16 and 17, reading selections, glossary, and index). As a BONUS i" [the end of the description got cut off when I copied and pasted... and now it's gone from the site]
Item ISBN: 0495568775

Looks like it sold.
Hope no seller's repricers got manipulated by this item in the interim, as this is peak season for these textbooks.
Their feedback?
Here you go:

Feedback Count (Lifetime)PositiveNeutralNegative

All Feedback:
5 out of 5:"We placed an order then realized it was not the correct edition. They cancelled it for us graciously."
Date: April 9, 2010     Rated by Buyer: nancyw1016
1 out of 5:"Wrong product, seller would not respond to multiple attemts at communication. I would not purchase from this seller again and would not recommend anone else does either."
Date: January 12, 2010     Rated by Buyer: Calvin&Hobbes
5 out of 5:"good transaction"
Date: January 8, 2010     Rated by Buyer: Karl H.
5 out of 5:"nice seller"
Date: June 30, 2009     Rated by Buyer: Cathay Pacific Airways

Looks like they're slow learners. BTW, here is the seller's storefront in case you want to see how their feedback fares in the future.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bad Bookscout Goes Back To Jail!

There's bad bookselling, and there's thievery. This guy combines both!

A book thief who served a four-year jail sentence should have turned over a new leaf. Instead, he has been sent back to prison after targeting one of Britain's most distinguished libraries. The case highlights a little known, but widespread crime.

When William Jacques pilfered books from a London literary collection his punishment was far worse than a library fine. But as prosecutor Gino Connor put it: "We are not dealing with Penguin books."

Nicknamed the Tome Raider, William Jacques had form in library crime - having already served a four-year sentence for stealing books worth £1m in the late 1990s.

Despite his prison term, it seems Jacques could not give up his habit of lifting notable works of literature.

The 41-year-old has been sentenced to another jail term, of three-and-a-half years, after targeting the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley library. Signing in under the false name of Santoro, he simply stuffed books under his jacket before marching out.

In today's Magazine

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He escaped with rare volumes of Nouvelle Iconographie des Camellias, by Ambroise Verschaffelt, before a suspicious staff member alerted police.

BBC Article On Book Thief