do you buy used and "new" books on amazon? It seems kind of weird and suspicious how amazon sells a book for $125 but it also acts as a go-between for you to buy the same book at $50 from an independent seller especially when that seller lists the book as "new". I am kind of torn about whether I should buy from amazon or from the independent sellers in these cases. I am a really avid reader and a well-written book is worth more than almost anything in the world to me so the books that are buy are really precious for me. And thus it annoys me a book gets a noticeable scratch on the cover or a page rips out or it gets a stain or whatever and it breaks my heart when the binding breaks or when it gets damaged from water or something. And basically I think of amazon as like the pristine source of these books and all the other sellers seems sketchy to me so I usually end up paying twice as much to get my book from amazon. And while the books that are receive are really really beautiful and robust and long-lasting, this kind of makes me feel like a bad capitalist or a bad consumer. I did once buy a supposedly "new" book from an independent seller on amazon that came with a large scratch on the cover. I would have returned it but I needed it for school. What do other people think? Am I overly concerned about aesthetics? What do you usually do?