View Full Version : Why does the publishing industry need my address before I can make a purchase?


tracyeo
04-11-2010, 01:32 PM
Does anyone know what this is?

abookreader
04-11-2010, 01:39 PM
Sales Tax.

With the Agency Publishing Price switch sales tax is now charged based on the physical address/addresses of the Publisher rather than the web retailer.

Whether or not you will have to pay sales tax is dependent upon the State you live in and the particular publisher who is selling you the book.

Worldwalker
04-11-2010, 03:09 PM
Are you paying by credit card?

If so, it's required by the credit card company and the clearinghouse that processes it.

mores
04-11-2010, 03:18 PM
Off Topic: when you press and hold the ALT button before you press PRTSCRN, you take a screenshot of just the current window, not your entire desktop.

Just in case you don't want people to see your file-sharing icons :)
EDIT: I don't own a PC anymore, so I have no idea what icons are in your toolbar. I was just poking in the dark.

tracyeo
04-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Sales Tax.

With the Agency Publishing Price switch sales tax is now charged based on the physical address/addresses of the Publisher rather than the web retailer.

Whether or not you will have to pay sales tax is dependent upon the State you live in and the particular publisher who is selling you the book.


Thanks. That makes sense.

tracyeo
04-11-2010, 06:06 PM
Off Topic: when you press and hold the ALT button before you press PRTSCRN, you take a screenshot of just the current window, not your entire desktop.

Just in case you don't want people to see your file-sharing icons :)
EDIT: I don't own a PC anymore, so I have no idea what icons are in your toolbar. I was just poking in the dark.


Thank you for this very useful tip. Gotta love the Mobileread community.

Tricorp
04-11-2010, 11:25 PM
Thank you for this very useful tip. Gotta love the Mobileread community.

I did not know that either, lol

lucielcd
04-12-2010, 04:36 PM
they also need your address to determine your geographic location because some ebooks sold outside the USA are priced higher on Amazon.com

GlenBarrington
04-13-2010, 08:06 AM
Are you paying by credit card?

If so, it's required by the credit card company and the clearinghouse that processes it.

Yes, I've noticed a trend lately for vendors selling by Credit Card to ask for data likely to be already stored by the CC issuing bank. I assume it is for CC validation purposes. Even many gasoline pumps will ask for zip code

You may know my CC number but you may not know my date of birth or my Postal zip code number of the billing address. And even if you know one of those, you may not know BOTH.

Kind of a PIA, but the world IS getting meaner. But then again, the bad guys will figure out a workaround eventually.

Worldwalker
04-13-2010, 01:54 PM
That's exactly why they do it. Sometimes they overdo it. For instance, I had to abandon a purchase a while back because the checkout form was coded to break off my apartment number and put it on a separate line, while my CC company wouldn't approve the transaction unless it was on the same line, the way it is in their records.

I don't have a problem with a company that I'm doing business with, and that therefore needs to process my CC, wanting my address; they can't look at my ID and compare it to my face, so they need something to give them some confirmation it's really me. What ticks me off is the places that want every piece of personal information they can think of to fill out the form to tell them they've got a broken link on their website.

I'm not sure the world is getting meaner -- in the middle ages, travellers were waylaid and killed for their clothes! -- but there's always an arms race between the good guys and the bad guys. Always has been.