February 14th, 2004

Illuminati

Book Prices

It's traditional, when selling things in the US and the UK to, rather than convert using the actual exchange rates, to merely knock 10% off and change the $ to a £.  Seeing as the current exchange rate is $1.88 to £1.00 this might be considered by some to be a bit of a ripoff.

I went looking for a decent C# book - one that would cover ADO and XML and the interrelations between the two.  I found a good one in Waterstones, but it was £43.  As it was $49 I felt a little ripped off, and unsure if I wanted to spend that much money on the book.

So I came home and checked Amazon.co.uk, which told me that (a) the book was worth 4.5 stars (after 8 reviews) and (b) that it was indeed £44 but that they would sell it to me for £31.  Hurrah, I thought, that's more like it.

I then noticed that there's a third edition due out in May.  And that it's out first in the US, but that Amazon will import it for me.  And that when they import they offer a decent rate of exchange, not only correctly converting $50 to £26, but then knocking 9% off of that, to charge me £23.79

So that's a saving of £20 over the original price when they're going to import it from the US to the UK for me rather than just shipping it from the warehouse somewhere down south.

How exactly does this make sense to _anyone_???