Note: Because the FTC has nothing better to do than make life difficult for regular people, I’m required to disclose the following at the beginning of this post: I received a $25 coupon from Family Christian Stores in exchange for my honest review of my shopping experience with them. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed, whether positive or negative are completely my own. Personally, I’m waiting for sponsorship disclaimers from all of the politicians in DC, but I’ll probably be waiting a long time…
Bookstores are my favorite places to shop! (OK, yarn stores and tea shops are right up there too.) That’s why I was excited about this promotion. Family Christian sent me a $25 coupon to use either shopping at a physical location, or through their website. Since I live in the sticks, there were no physical stores anywhere close by. No problem, I’m used to shopping online when I need books!
Family Christian’s website had a wide selection of books, music, Bibles, and DVDs to choose from. They have a number of the new, popular journaling Bibles too! I finally settled on ordering a copy of Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan, and Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin. I placed my order on August 8th, but as of August 18th, I have not yet received it. Now, Give Your Child the World is a special order item, so I knew that it would take longer to ship out before I placed my order. Special order items are clearly marked as such on the product information page, and keep in mind that ordering one will slow down the shipment of your order. I received a shipping confirmation for my order on August 12th, but there is no tracking information available for my shipment.
I was happy with the selection offered on Family Christian’s site, and they offer free shipping for orders that are $50 or more. I do wish that their website had the option to filter out products that are listed as only available in stores, or are special order items. I looked at a number of items that turned out to be product that were only sold at the physical stores. It was a bit frustrating not to know that until clicking on a product and checking the description.
Currently, Family Christian is offering a buy one, get one 50% off sale on their website. This is a great sale, particularly if you have an order that qualifies for free shipping. Shipping isn’t as fast as the Amazon Prime that has completely spoiled us, so you’ll have to decide how important shipping speed is to you.
Overall, shopping at the Family Christian website was a fairly good experience. If you’re not willing to wait a bit for your order to arrive though, you might be happier shopping at a physical location. They do have a nice rewards program for repeat shoppers that you might want to look into, and it applies to both in-store and online purchases!