Why Buying Products Isn’t Only About the Product

The following post is from Amy of Blogging With Amy:

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source: DaMongMan

Hey, psst!

I’m commandeering the blog today {{insert evil laugh here}}.

Seriously, Mandi has no idea I’m writing this, but I think I’ll be able to pull it off. Yes, I’m being sneaky. I like being sneaky.

It does have something to do with blogging; so, I think we’re good.

Books and Ebooks and Products, Oh My!

If you spend any time in the blogosphere, you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about books, ebooks and other products lately. It seems like someone is launching a new thing every other week. Have you noticed that?

Well, I’ve sensed a few stirrings about this. It seems some might be getting a little tired of it.  As in, Everyone wants me to buy their newest thing. Enough already!

Here’s My Take…

I guess I can understand the sentiment, but instead of being annoyed, I think about it differently.

I buy books and ebooks quite often.

I confess; I don’t always read them.

Wait, what?

It’s true.

A lot of times I buy a book, ebook or other product, but I’m not interested in the topic. I buy it because I’m interested in the person who created it. In short, I buy it as an act of support.

It’s All About Value

One of the greatest things about the internet is all the free information available at our fingertips. We’ve gotten used to free. I wonder if we’ve gotten so used to free that we forget how much we’ve gained along the way.

To me, buying a product from a blogger I love is a win-win situation. They win because they know someone is rootin’ for them. I win because it’s a small way I can “put my money where my mouth is” and thank them for what they’ve given me in the past. And oftentimes it’s a double win for me because I get a helpful product to boot.

There are a lot of blogs I’ve read for a long time. A lot of them have provided me with a whole lot of great information, entertainment or stories that move me. In some cases, I’ve saved a ton of time or money as a result of blogs I read. Some blogs have inspired me to improve my relationships or to take risks I never would have thought possible.

All of that is worth a lot.

And in some cases, the $5, $10 or $15 one of my favorite bloggers is charging for their product is the least I can do.

Guilt Is Not My Goal

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Mandi has no idea I’m writing this. And I’m not writing it to guilt you into anything.

You may know that the book Mandi wrote with Tara Kuczykowski came out today. It’s called All In Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home. Talk about handy! I’m all about handy tips.

I like Tara and Mandi, and I appreciate what they do, so I bought the book.

But this one I’m pretty sure I’m gonna read. 🙂

How about you? Do you make a point of buying products from bloggers you appreciate? What are some other ways you show your support?

Amy Lynn Andrews blogs at BloggingWithAmy.com where she explains how to start a blog as well as simple blogging tips any blogger can implement.
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