I wanted to get someone a Russian language book as a Christmas gift--specifically White Fang by Jack London. There was one hardcover at an out of print book place that wanted $500. What's this guy smoking? And nothing else was in stock in the US. I fond one paperback in poor .condition in the UK. That was it.
So I go into the local bookstore and expressed my frustration. The clerk walked over to a shelf and came back with what I wanted. Online is not always the answer.