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Well written. I think the 'thing' for me about Amazon, or any online 'thing' is that there's no personal connection to it. That's why I still go to Powells to buy books and Music Millennium to get LPs or CDs. It's a great way to find new music or get recommendations.

The interaction at checkout is often 'What is this?' or 'Who is this?' Often times I have convinced the record guy or gal to open my record and put it on. They don't often share my tastes, of course, but they give it a chance.

At the bookstore, I have often passed someone perusing a book I enjoyed and gave them the thumbs up, or told them specifically WHAT it was that I enjoyed about the book.

You don't get that from an online retailer.

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