It’s my first time to order from BookDepository.co.uk (emphasized the .uk because there’s also a USA version of their store) and while I’ve heard horrible stories about our post offices here in the Philippines, I still went ahead and purchased a couple of books from them.
I placed my order for these books around the last week of August, and they were dispatched from the HQ from Sep 2-5. Yup, they were mailed off separately; assuming they did that to cut down on shipping costs and from making the package suspicious-looking to the eyes of the customs
(who are really scums of the earth, and leeches).
Three packages stood before me waiting to be opened….
I would’ve been excited to open these packages but the customs person ruined my mood from last week’s pick up. They opened my other package (not the one form BD, t’was another online order) in the post office and went through my stuff and charged me a big-ass fee for it. Let’s just say that the amount I paid for is nearly the same total cost altogether of the stuff I bought online. I’d rather not dwell on that anymore because I waste so much energy on ranting and typing that it’s basically a waste of time.
The packages were stamped by the PO with the following dates: Sep 26, 21 and 16, respectively. I wouldn’t know any of these packages have reached the PO if I didn’t go and manually checked their record book for my name. Ugh. So they arrived around 2-3 weeks, normal timeframe for international mail to get here, it’s just the local post office and the corrupt system (I guess) who’s problematic with delivery times. Philippines, when will you ever change your ways?????
Back to the topic…
Ta daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! =)) Here are all the books from BookDepository that I ordered. The first package, which contained the 2n1 journal series (Jay’s Journal and Go Ask Alice), I picked it up from the post office last week. The two other books at the bottom I just go them this afternoon and they were delivered straight to my house. I owe our mailman big time for sneaking it from the customs
bitch ‘n’ hag.
On to my first impressions..
- I’ve started reading Go Ask Alice last week since it was the first book that I got out of my order. I just want to point out that it’s a book that I regret buying. I can’t say the same for Jay’s Journal yet but it seems a bit darker than Alice, though I expected Alice to be just as dark. For me it felt that the writing was too childish, petty, and definitely not-at-all depressed and suicide-y that it’s going to make me get hooked-up to the book and not want to put it down until I finish reading it. What the hell was I expecting, this is a supposedly journal from a 14-year old (correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t remember lol) who got hooked on drugs. It’s a best-seller and supposedly a must-read that also got good reviews. I guess I expected too much. I guess I need to lay off the teen books section and grow up. :))
- Hopefully I’m going to enjoy reading the two other books I ordered. ‘If I Love You, I Would Tell You This,’ and ‘Death Is Not An Option’ are both the type of books containing short stories. They both have good reviews and 4-5 star rating on some bookshops online where I’ve checked. Also, I saw ‘If I Love You…’ book at Powerbooks last Wednesday, I got pissed for spending money on buying a book I could’ve gotten locally. Then again… it was a hardbound copy and it did cost more.
- I honestly don’t know what was running around my mind around the time I was looking for books to purchase at BD. I only remember looking for short stories that are good to purchase. I wish I didn’t consider getting the 2n1 package of teen journals. Haha. Wait, I think it was the fact that they were packed together and they both looked like they had intriguing stories.
Oh, BookDepository includes a bookmark in every order. Hahaha. Nifty, I say. Although, for the calendar part, it’s not that usable anymore since we’re almost at the end of the year.
Here’s a photo of all the books.. oops, forgot to take out the two black journals out of their box.
While the online ordering experience has been fun and exciting for me, I’d have to put a stop to it. I was after trying out the free shipping for orders and owning these hard-to-find books in the local bookstores here in Manila. Both of these things I got to accomplish with my first BookDepository order, so okay, I’m satisfied now that I got them and very much content.
This is the first (after 7 years) and last time I’m buying online in international stores. I just can’t deal with the unfair fees I have to face everytime I have to claim a package at the post office. Their service is also very, very inconsistent and I hate having to wait for a long time.
Don’t they know how agonizing it is to wait for something you only saw online and you want to get your hands on it as soon as possible?!
As for the service of BookDepository, they’re good. Take away the inconsistency of the post office out of the picture, I would totally order from them again. The books got here (in the country) in 2-3 weeks, in perfect condition. I highly recommend them to be the place to search for books that are hard to find here in the Philippines, that is if you wanna risk time and money for it.
The free shipping is 100% real, too. Unless your package gets in the hands of a slug.. I mean, customs officer who’s residing in the inner depths of your local post office. In my experience, the only fee I had to pay for was the postal fee which is PHP 40. Anything above that is usually from the customs. And, well, that’s a different story.