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How to Find High Quality Maps And Globes Nowadays When Bookstores Are Closing Up

Updated on December 8, 2014

When trying to find high quality globes and maps for reasonable prices, it pays to evaluate your options. Do you go in search of the few and far between classical map stores? Or do you turn to the internet?

In-Store Experience

While going in-store and browsing first-hand is a nice experience, you are vastly limiting the range of quality, price and variety that is available on the net. Most department stores only have a few piece items at hand and will usually direct you to a catalog to place an in-store order if you're looking for something they don't stock. This is simply an inferior shopping method to the vast array of globes and maps online, where you can find those really extraordinary pieces without paying premium prices.

You Can Find Almost Anything Online

Another benefit of using the internet rather than stores is that you can browse in the comfort of your own home and at any time of the day. Map and globe stores are a specialized market which results in department stores being very few and far between. Your closest map store could be as far away as your nearest major city and there may be only one store to browse; one store isn't a good enough source to make a smart purchase.

Unique And Exclusive Globes And Maps

You also need to think about what kind of map or globe that you want. Some of the finest are only available in their country of origin, handmade with local materials, giving the finished product an authentic personality tied to the region of origin. These won't be in your local department store on the high street, they will be on the other side of the planet, accessible only through the internet. There are a wide range of online globe and map stores stocking everything from land use maps to antique hand-sculpted marble globes.


It's a question of scope, do you want a narrow view of the world provided by a local store or do you want to tap into the world-wide repository of cartography's greatest treasures? For those with an eye for timeless quality, there is only one true option that will result in becoming the proud owner of the finest maps and globes available.


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