Company is a group of people working toward the same goal. So who the
heck are we?
Book lovers, that's what we are first and foremost! Book lovers who
were looking for something meaningful in our lives. More than just
getting up in the morning, going to work to a tolerable job, just to
earn a living. Ok, so we were earning, but what about living? Have you
ever asked yourself "Isn't there something better?"
So did I, late one night on my way home from work. Then, "I'll open a
used bookstore on the Internet!" was my very next thought. I was
excited, as I hadn't been in years! From that moment forward, I was
possessed by this idea and driven to get started. Two weeks later, my
job was eliminated. Funny, it didn't matter the way it would have
before; I had a different purpose and now the time to devote to it. So
why did I, a non-computer/internet user, have this epiphany? I'll
probably never know, but for the first time in years I'm enjoying each
day, including the work part!
Starting 1st Choice was an easy decision, we'd get to spend our days
buying, reading, reviewing, processing and sharing the books we
couldn't stay away from anyway. 1st Choice Used Books was established
May 1999 and first went on line in August 1999.
We've all heard "It takes a Village to raise a child," well it also
takes a village to start and run a company! My partner in crime has
been my baby brother (Baby? Heck he towers over me by a foot!), and our
cheering section has been Pauline! Jana has the tough job of putting
all ideas into web speak. I've gained a new respect for each of them,
their intelligence, their loyalty, valuable advice and willingness to
devote hours of labor to this work in progress!
So I hope you join, enjoy and become a contributing member of our
"Village." It's a reflection of who we are (you included), and what we
want to be.
Linda T. Marcotte
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offer and sell a quality product at a fair price in an environment that
supports and encourages egalitarian involvement.
1stChoice is dedicated to the philosophy and demonstration of personal,
financial, professional, social and consumer linked success for all
parties involved with the company.
We are committed to incorporating integrity, value, fairness and fun in
all our business practices. We will employ a "do what's right" attitude
in all decisions and actions.
To practice "environmental sensitivity" whenever possible. Supporting
and practicing recycling, composting and the re-use of materials or the
purchase of recycled products where possible. (1st Choice uses shredded
newsprint in packaging - please compost or recycle, Thanks!)
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To know us is to _______________ (love, joke about, imitate,
avoid, confuse) us!
Fill in the Blank
Work: Head Worm
Past Work: 20+ years marketing dental insurance
Likes: Rice Crispy Squares, Saturdays, Power Tools,
Dislikes: Alarm Clocks, Shaving, Pantyhose and
Favorite Authors: Nora Roberts, LaVyrle Spencer
Favorite TV Shows: This Old House, Ballykissangel
Best Advice Received: "Go down with the ship!"
Best Advice Given: "You gotta pass on the small
stuff if ya want the big stuff."
Goals: Enjoy earning a living, grow emotionally and
spiritually, control my own schedule, and create joy in life.
Best Skill: Vacationing
Worst Skill: Spelling, Cooking, Singing
Modern Convenience Could Not Live Without: Boxed
Work: Technical Worm
Past Work: 16 years with the Navy
Likes: Computers, Internet, Low Prices, Haagen-Dazs
Coffee Ice Cream, Stimulating Conversation.
Dislikes: Unqualified Bosses, High Prices, Fewer
Favorite Authors: Tom Clancy, Orson Scott Card, Neil
Stephenson, William Gibson, Dave Barry.
Favorite TV Shows: Anything on Discovery &
History Channel, Star Trek.
Best Advice Received: "Trust a friend's judgment,
but do research anyway."
Best Advice Given: "Always know two ways to do
Goals: Retire by age 50.
Best Skill: Working with new technologies.
Worst Skill: Cleaning my apartment!
Modern Convenience Could Not Live Without: Microwave
Work: Cleaning Worm
Past Work: Health Related Fields
Likes: Anything Chocolate, Dining Out,
Grandchildren, Watching Wildlife
Dislikes: Bugs, Spiders & Lizards!
Favorite Authors: Pearl Buck, William Shirer
Favorite TV Shows: The Young And The Restless, This
Best Advice Received: "Be a good person."
Best Advice Given: "Listen to your gut."
Goals: To lighten up.
Best Skill: Great Listener, House Painting
Worst Skill: Making decisions
Modern Convenience Could Not Live Without: Air
Work: Web Worm
Past Work: 29 years of variety and it has all been
legal (15 years in Information Technology)
Likes: My life
Dislikes: Stupidity (Ignorance is curable.
Stupidity should be fatal.)
Favorite Authors: So many and so little time.
Currently Ellis Peters.
Favorite TV Shows: Biography and anything on the
Best Advice Received: "You should shut up
Best Advice Given: "If all else fails, you'll learn
something from the experience."
Goals: To be a little kinder every day.
Best Skill: Bringing people and technology together.
Worst Skill: Saying "No" when someone asks for help.
Modern Convenience Could Not Live Without:
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you can imagine, we all have our own little pile of books put aside
that we plan on reading. Okay, some piles are huge! If you're
like us, after you've read a good book you can't wait to tell someone
about it and suggest they read it too! We've been casually passing
books back and forth and exchanging opinions and recommendations for
So we thought we'd put together a team of "In House Book Reviewers" and
share these reviews with you. We are in the process of putting this
team together and will start to share the information with you soon. If
you think you may be interested in becoming an "In House Reviewer,"
we'd love to discuss it with you. Just drop us a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the easiest and fastest way to reach us is through e-mail. We've been
known to sit down and lose ourselves in a really good page-turner that
just arrived, so if you don't hear from us within a day or two, that's
most likely what happened! Don't worry, we read fast and will get back
to you as soon as possible! Hey, somebody has to write those book
reviews for the website ya know!
We also use regular mail and we have a fax machine too! So, if the book
we are reading is simply too good to put down and all else fails,
please feel free to contact us by mail or fax. You can contact us at
the following addresses:
Customer Assistance: email@example.com
help with navigating the site, any general type of
assistance. Questions on books, pricing, etc.
and everything to do with your order.
To Let Us Know: firstname.lastname@example.org
you have a suggestion, request, comment, or you've found one of our
many typos or spelling errors and want to help us out? We appreciate
your help. thanks!
& Gathering: email@example.com
keep a list of the books you're looking for and our hunter
Chasseur will let you know when we have them available. This service is
problems with the site that are of a technical nature.
House Book Reviewers: firstname.lastname@example.org
suggestions, feedback for or concerning our in house book
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Tucson, Arizona 85751-1538
Voice and Fax:
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2000 1st Choice Used Books.