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8 April, 2010

I can't afford buying books

Somehow I simply can't afford buying books in Australia.

I was in a local bookstore the other day, I saw two books I would like to get. But looking at the back page, I noticed the Australian price is simply double (or more) of the US RRP (recommended retail price). Somehow, I don't feel like to pay that much for the books when Don can get them at less than half of what the bookstore wanted to charge me. So I went home empty handed and ordered them online.

Remember that I once ordered a book from Amazon which took half a year to arrive? Well, at the time when I ordered that book, it was not published yet.
This time, I ordered two books from Amazon, and they arrived within 2 weeks, and buying from Amazon turns out to be much cheaper then getting them here in Australia, the international flight cost is taken into consideration.

Well, Don is very lucky to live in advanced United States of America. Not just having access to more books at the cheaper prices, he can also enjoy Amazon's free delivery deal.

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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Posted by Antony on 8 April 2010 11:07 PM |

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Amazon's free delivery deal is only good if you're buying through Amazon rather than one of the Marketplace sellers, which I barely ever do.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 April 2010 6:43 AM.
A number of marketplace sellers do not ship outside USA. The books from Amazon (directly) is usually cheaper than the RRP.
Still, even if you insisted on using the Marketplace, you do not have to pay for the expensive international flight cost, nor the extra time for delivery.
Posted by Antony on 9 April 2010 12:16 PM.
Just so you know, this quarter I ordered my course textbooks off eBay. All of them were shipped from overseas, and all of them cost less than half the store price, even though there was the international shipping cost along with them.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 April 2010 4:16 AM.
Why do you order things from outside the States? Most textbooks were written by Americans, as well as published by American publishers.
When I was in university, ordering from online bookshops was simply out of question, unless you really can't get it locally. The international shipping was very very expensive, plus the US Dollar was VERY strong. One way or the other, you are so lucky to be living in the USA where millions of people wishing they were born there.
Posted by Antony on 10 April 2010 11:20 AM.
Why do I order things from outside the States? Easy. Things are really expensive here, and can almost always be bought cheaper on the global market. It's the exact same book, but those American writers and publishers you mentioned use price discrimination because they know Americans will pay much more than some others, hence selling it cheaper overseas.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 11 April 2010 4:13 AM.
It sounds like you are not supporting the US Economic.
Just don't tell me that you not just the textbook from overseas, but you got those smaller lower quality versions (especially designed for Chinese market).
Posted by Antony on 14 April 2010 12:43 PM.
Of course I did, those are much cheaper than the hard-bound ones they try to sell me here.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 April 2010 1:41 PM.
Those (lower quality printing) ones do not look that impressive, you know.
Posted by Antony on 19 April 2010 3:00 PM.
Big deal, they still have the same contents inside. I don't need the expensive US hard-bound one, you know.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 20 April 2010 10:23 AM.
Some of them are not just lower printing quality, they are also in reduced size... which means not good for your eyes.
I assume you know that those low printing quality versions are designed exclusively for Chinese market. Knowing that you hate Chinese taking over the job opportunities from the USA, you are getting low printing quality textbooks from the region?
Posted by Antony on 20 April 2010 10:20 PM.
They aren't any smaller than the overly-expensive US versions, don't worry.
I can assure you that I never said anything of that sort. In fact, I'm almost certain I told you that it's a sign American workers aren't competitive on a global scale, because they demand too much, hence the outsourcing. The market for workers is just like the market for textbooks: you get the best deal you can afford.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 April 2010 10:03 AM.
You did not get the more compact version? One way or the other, those textbooks were meant for China market, not the high class rich Americans.
Well, I heard from you that Americans do not like Chinese because Chinese take away their jobs.
Posted by Antony on 21 April 2010 10:55 PM.
In general, that is true, but they don't realize their demands are too high. Working on an assembly line shouldn't get you a six-figure salary, but that's what was happening at Ford and General Motors up until recently.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 23 April 2010 3:23 AM.
"Working on an assembly line shouldn't get you a six-figure salary"
No wonder millions of people around the world wishing they were Americans.
Posted by Antony on 25 April 2010 10:33 AM.
Please note that sort of payout fell in on itself, and now we are in a recession where they all got laid off. In this country, we tend not to realize that some things aren't sustainable.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 28 April 2010 1:43 AM.
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