[RndTbl] Amazon price jacking

Tim Lavoie tim at fractaldragon.net
Thu Nov 19 17:45:19 CST 2015

Also, buy the ebooks from O'Reilly directly, instead of Amazon/Kobo.
That way you get them without DRM.

On 2015-11-19 3:37 PM, Trevor Cordes wrote:
> 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 
> weeks ago!
> 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 
> recovers.
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