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Old 08-02-2010, 07:59 AM   #1
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Kindle book prices compared..... US & UK accounts

Hello,
It would appear that there are quite large differences in the prices being charged for Kindle books depending on the geographic location of the account.
If one were to buy all 17 of the 25 current US bestsellers which are available to both US & UK account holders then the price would be:

$161.71 for US customers
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$139.44 for UK customers

This is a price difference of 14%.

Of course this comparison may not be representative and the range and number of books currently on offer in the US is considerably larger than in the UK.

Account holders in continental Europe, by the way, pay considerably more than UK account holders.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:39 AM   #2
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So, based on your sample, books are actually cheaper in the UK. That's slightly surprising, given how often we hear complaints in this forum and elsewhere that suggests the opposite. Very interesting.
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That this take in consideration UK's VAT?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:03 AM   #4
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This just makes me sad...





Is there any way to avoid it?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:24 AM   #5
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Gotta love the RPC's ruling on the Net Book Agreement!

It'll be interesting to see whether the publishers try their "we're not selling a book, we're selling a license" argument when Amazon's UK bookstore opens in order to try to fix prices here too.

Over the past few weeks I've noticed that the gap between the number of books (or the ones I want to buy anyway) available in the US compared to the UK is narrowing and that the price gap is widening.

For example, I bought an ebook from Amazon yesterday. Amazon is selling it to UK Kindle owners for $5.80 and to US Kindle owners for $9.99 (with the usual disclaimer about the price being set by the publisher). WH Smith were selling it for $8.21.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:06 AM   #6
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Sounds like I need to take a wee trip to the UK .... virtually, of course.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:14 AM   #7
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This just makes me sad...

I want to know how you get the cute little pull-down to check various countries. Mine only shows my current country, hard-coded. To change it (and prices, check restrictions, etc), I have to create a new shipping address and assign in on the Manage My Kindle page .. then switch to it, find the original item; rinse, repeat.

Having that little pulldown would be much more convenient, for some things.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:29 AM   #8
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I accidentally opened amazon.com with Internet Explorer (my default browser is Firefox), and there was that cute little pull-down menu
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:22 PM   #9
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Interesting. I'm outside the US, have only one address attached to my Amazon account (non-US) and it lets me see the menu.

If I search for a particular book it tells me whether I'm allowed it or not. But if I search generally or just go to the Kindle books page, it gives me the menu.
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I want to know how you get the cute little pull-down to check various countries. Mine only shows my current country, hard-coded. To change it (and prices, check restrictions, etc), I have to create a new shipping address and assign in on the Manage My Kindle page .. then switch to it, find the original item; rinse, repeat.

Having that little pulldown would be much more convenient, for some things.
To get the pulldown, log out of your Amazon.com account by clicking the "(Not Your Name)" link at the top of the page.

After logging out from the site, simply select "Kindle Store" from the home page and then will have the pulldown and be able to quickly change regions.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:42 AM   #11
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The Kindle 3 wifi is selling at 110 pounds in UK which equates to $175USD, but in the US Amazon store sells at $139. What is with that pricing! Someone is making extra money somewhere.
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+17.5% VAT would make $163 so not not far off. Plus there are probably import taxes when they are bought in, even to a UK based warehouse.
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There's been a pretty significant rise in the value of the Pound against the US Dollar over the last couple of weeks. That probably accounts for at least some of the apparent difference.
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There's been a pretty significant rise in the value of the Pound against the US Dollar over the last couple of weeks. That probably accounts for at least some of the apparent difference.
Thats why sometimes it works to pay things in USD - you get the benefit of strengthening prices in your own currency against the USD. Australia is doing better at the moment, but in May this year it dropped 10 cents (10%) in a week! Now it is back again.
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