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Re: _Fall of Arthur_ in 2013?
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Khamûl wrote:
Hmmm... I agree with Laurin666 though --if the NBA (Net Book Agreement) still existed in the UK (it fell apart in the 90's) then bigger booksellers simply wouldn't be able to undercut smaller independent bookshops. And, I suspect, more would survive.

I still step into literally every bookshop I pass on the street; be it a secondhand bookshop (independent, Oxfam, etc) or Waterstones. I don't check my phone to see if I could get it cheaper online. If it's the book I want I buy it. However, I'm not on the high street that often any more.

Nobody posting here is a normal book buyer though. We'll pick up a Hb in a store and not buy it because it's a second impression. The problem is normal buyers are not buying on the high street. Overall, I don't really have a problem (in some respects) with the high street bricks & mortar stores disappearing --provided the replacement is better. It isn't.

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It is a globalisation issue. Local laws are largely irrelevant because cheap bulk postal agreements mean that the online retailers can just operate from different territories. Australia is a good example -- it is cheaper to buy books in the UK and ship them than to buy them locally, so local price controls probably would not be effective.

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Trotter wrote:

Though Victoria might want to start by fixing tolkien.co.uk first and actually informing people when they publish new books



Tolkien.co.uk is, I suspect, unfixable in its current form. It is clear from the the way it behaves completely without internal self-consistency that the underlying data model is just completely and utterly borked. As a software development professional, I would be ashamed if I ever delivered a product like that...

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The thing is, it isn't Amazon that destroyed the book marketplace - we did. We wanted books at a better price than the stores, and so we ended up with a monopoly instead (or perhaps an oligopoly).

Same as when we killed all the local and specialist stores by using the supermarket instead.

Posted on: 2013/4/20 16:40


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I don't understand why SD CoHs keep selling on eBay for more than the 265 pounds that they can still be bought from from the tolkien.co.uk site.

And I really don't get this one below. It has gone up to 345 pounds at the time of writing and still says "reserve not met".

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261200069807?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

Mind you, I hate Private Auctions, as I have zero faith that it isn't all just shill bidding. I just don't understand why the private auction feature even exists, given that the bidders identities are protected on a normal auction anyway (but you can at least get a bit of data to help determine if they look legit).



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I pre-ordered the Deluxe edition from Amazon UK yesterday with no problems, so I think it must have been resolved now and you just need to have another look.

Posted on: 2013/4/20 5:57



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