[RndTbl] Amazon price jacking
trevor at tecnopolis.ca
Thu Nov 19 17:37:57 CST 2015
Thought I'd drop the group a quick observation regarding Amazon.
I'm always on the eye out for O'Reilly books and keep an eye on Amazon
pricing (both new and used) for the books in my want-list.
A strange thing just happened I haven't noticed before. In the last .5 to
1.5 weeks Amazon.ca jacked up the "new, sold by Amazon" prices on nearly
all the O'Reilly titles I am watching (some recent titles, some ancient)
about 20%! In that time the CA$ went down by at most 2%.
My guess is it's one of three things:
1. Jacking prices up for Christmas because they can get away with it.
2. Jacking prices up before Black Friday/Monday(whatever) so they can
claim their new prices are "sales" when in fact they are the prices from 2
3. They held back the CA$ pressure as long as they could then finally
broke and jacked them up 20% in one go.
#3 seems unlikely because their prices fluctuate nearly every day,
probably on the exchange rate.
Indigo prices seem to have followed Amazon, so it looks like this is a
common book store tactic.
If you don't need a book for a present, might want to wait until January
to buy as prices should drop by 20% again. Even more if the CA$ ever
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