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Re: Book Depository to be acquired by Amazon
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Sadly, the chances of the OFT doing anything other than rubber stamping it are absolutely nil. I'm not sure if the OFT or the old MMC *ever* prevented any monopolies being formed.

Posted on: 2011/7/6 16:24


Re: Book Depository to be acquired by Amazon
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It is a shame as reducing competition is a bad thing. I imagine Amazon will be dropping the free shipping it currently has to Australia once they have absorbed BD.

Realistically, Amazon is so big that it will always be able to consume anyone else that is a threat, just by virtue of having such deep pockets. Equally, I guess it sets a precedent for would-be businesses. If you can get the venture capital to set up a just-about-breaks-even site that gets big enough to be a thorn in Amazon's side, they will be forced to give you a giant pile of money to disappear.

Posted on: 2011/7/4 22:54


Re: The Wonders of eBay
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I'd be concerned as to whether the seller even owns the set. Some people just have transaction histories that make you suspicious - and this guy seems to have purchased a couple of "get rich quick" schemes from eBay if you look at his feedback history. Couple that fact with the fact that the photos he has used are in the public domain and I would be steering well clear (even if he wasn't asking for triple the going value).

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Posted on: 2011/7/3 22:27


Re: Arda Reconstructed
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>Indeed. People, if they even read the blurb, are going to be like Who the hell is...? --& rightly so.

Ahh, you do yourself a disservice - Even I know who you are (sort of), and I'm all the way out here in the colonies !!

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Posted on: 2011/7/1 17:57


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>Does it beat Amazon's £14.96 at any point though?

Nah, that's the thing with the online book stores - you really have to shop around as they change their prices every 5 minutes and are inconsistent in their pricing relative to each other.

A good Tolkien example that I noticed the other day was with the rather overpriced Oliphaunt Poster. Amazon - GBP 99, BD (".com" with UK IP and usual 10% discount code) - GBP 57.60. Yet you look at the 3 volume HoME books and they are *much* more expensive on BD than Amazon. Go figure...

Posted on: 2011/6/30 15:42



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