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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


Re: Arda Reconstructed
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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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>The Book Depository prices seem to have gone up. The cheapest UK price for the Pb still seems to be on Amazon, currently available to pre-order

A good thing to remember with the Book Depository is that their prices not only vary between their ".com" and ".co.uk" domains, but they also price-discriminate based on the IP address of the browser. This is how they claim to have "Free shipping". It isn't, they simply roll it into the price they show to you based on where they think you will *most likely* be delivering to.

Essentially this means that if your IP Address (or the IP Address of your proxy) is a UK one (at the time you add your first item into the basket), you will generally get a lower price than if you are somewhere else in the world. Sometimes the difference can be quite significant.

(It also means that if you live in the UK and work for a multinational that has proxies in the US, and you order from work, you might be getting inadvertently screwed!)

The other thing with BD is that you can pretty much always wangle a 10% discount voucher.

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Posted on: 2011/6/30 1:58



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