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Old 01-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Douglas Preston's new book 'Blasphemy'...hardcover price 15.57, Kindle price 20.76.

Huh??

I posted a review objecting to the price differential, and that review was deleted in a few hours.

What happened to 9.99???

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Old 01-09-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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They said it would be $9.99 on "most bestsellers" -- lots of wiggle room there.
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They said it would be $9.99 on "most bestsellers" -- lots of wiggle room there.
Totally!

A price such as a $9.99 is a marketing enticement, simple and rewarding for the offerer. You can not expect any big entity to be satisfied by such a promise. They have, for the benefit of their investors, to increase their profit margins. It's almost a survival law...
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:09 PM   #4
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I noticed this happen with the new Arthur C. Clarke book "Firstborn". After a couple of days the price dropped to 9.99. I expect it is some type of glitch in the system. I saw the same book on the Sony site is 18.60. Hopefully the price will drop for the new Preston book on the Amazon site.

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Old 01-09-2008, 07:17 PM   #5
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It will likely drop if nobody is buying it at that price
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:04 PM   #6
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Same thing happened to Sue Grafton's new book: "T is for Trespass". I commented about it in the Discussions Forum. A lot of others also got on board. The price dropped a few dollars. Then in a few days, the price went down to $9.99.

Try putting your concerns in the Customer Discussion area. Maybe Amazon is finally cracking down on non reviews being posted in the Review section.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:17 AM   #7
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It will likely drop if nobody is buying it at that price
You can't expect price drops like that with ebooks. They have to pay for server space but there are no warehousing and restocking fees. Being just electrons those books will not follow the typical marketing schemes that we're used to with other tangible goods.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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I just sampled the free chapter offer from Amazon on this book and now I want it! It seems pretty good but I'm not going to pay 20 bucks for it. Hopefully the price will come down soon!

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Old 01-10-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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"T is for Trespass" is down to $9.99, now.

I suspect that these pricing goofs are accidental.

[NKR (Not Kindle Related) = gregr209, I'm in Tracy, too. Small world...]
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:04 PM   #10
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"T is for Trespass" is down to $9.99, now.

I suspect that these pricing goofs are accidental.

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I think the crazy pricing is accidental too. I almost said something to the Kindle support guy I talked to today about my Kindle but decided not to.

[NKR (Not Kindle Related) - tlrwley, holy cow it is a small world!!!! Two Kindles in Tracy! That is crazy. I always have mine out at the gym and have people always asking me about it. We might be seeing more around time soon :-)
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:05 AM   #11
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I think the crazy pricing is accidental too. I almost said something to the Kindle support guy I talked to today about my Kindle but decided not to.

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Yeah. I plan to read this but so does Barb so I plan to get the hardcover next time I visit Costco. They are usually pretty cheap. Maybe they will take the hint when nobody buys this sort of pricing for the Kindle....
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:37 PM   #13
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Looks like Amazon dropped the price on the Preston's newest book BLASPHEMY to 14.01 (Kindle Edition). Now it is I think about a dollar lower then the hardcover. It still is crazy pricing for a new book on the Kindle but now I might think about getting it...might!

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Old 01-15-2008, 09:44 PM   #14
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I posted in the Amazon discussion forum about this book's pricing. Nothing happened so I wrote to Amazon a day or two ago (maybe others wrote too). When Sue Grafton's book was reduced in price, it first dropped to $14.99 then a few days later it went down to $9.99. Let's hope the same thing will happen here. I do think Amazon is listening to people who write them regarding these kind of errors in pricing.
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Blasphemy is down to $9.99.

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