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Initial post: 29 May 2012 10:06:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 May 2012 10:13:47 BDT
A. McArthur says:
Is anybody else a bit irritated by the policy of Amazon to slash prices of Kindle books a short while after they have been published. I bought "How Soon is Now" How Soon is Now?: The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005 for my Kindle about a month ago for over £9, only to discover while browsing today that it now costs £1.49! C'mon Amazon, stop punishing the people who buy things early. It looks as though there is no point buying Kindle books early as they seem to go down in price very quickly.

Posted on 29 May 2012 10:07:39 BDT
BeeJayTee says:
Irritated by competitive prices?
No.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 10:14:58 BDT
A. McArthur says:
Sorry, how is cutting your own prices competitive? - competing with whom?

Posted on 29 May 2012 10:27:24 BDT
Fi esta says:
As with buying hardback books, you have two choices, buy immediately when published at a premium price for the cachet of having the book before the hoi polloi, or if you have patience wait and have the same book at a much lower price...

Posted on 29 May 2012 10:29:05 BDT
BeeJayTee says:
You asked if anyone was irritated - I said I'm not.
There are threads on here every day about prices at the outset and price drops soon after.
Books have been on offer at £0.99 and gone back to a fuller price in days.
You got that cheaper than Waterstones and WH Smith are offering it by the way.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 10:31:53 BDT
Denis Powell says:
We get daily deals and books offered free for a day, which is a common marketing method. You'll see it in supermarkets every day of the week.

Early adopters of technology and buyers of newly released books always pay a premium price on the day of release but prices almost always fall later. I don't see Amazon's "policy" as being different to that of other traders. It's the way the market works.

A random check of ebooks I purchased some years ago reveals lower prices today in almost every case. I think that's a good thing. Life is a gamble, buy today and enjoy or wait and possibly be disappointed. If you thought it was worth over £9 when you bought it I'm sure it was, and is.

Posted on 29 May 2012 10:54:15 BDT
The price of anything always comes down to one simple thing. Are you satisfied with the price at time of purchase. If you are fine if not don't buy it.

The pricing of kindle books is no different to a lot of other media, DVD/blu ray, CDs, video games etc. all have highs and lows in pricing due to sellers trying to push different things at different times and remain Competative and attract customers. Sure we would all like to pay rock bottom prices for everything we like to buy but for me it comes down to the price at time of purchase. Am I happy paying £40 for a video game on release day? Sometimes I am sometimes not depending on the game. An I happy paying full price for books and films on release? Sometimes I am sometimes I'm not.

I'm fully aware that most things I buy will drop in price the longer I wait so I gave to weigh up how much I want something to its current price. It's all you can do as you'll never be satisfied with anything you buy.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 11:05:24 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Not in the least iriitated :-) I buy books because I want to read them and if the price is reduced that's a bonus but price is only one of the factors I look at when buying a book.

Posted on 29 May 2012 11:15:08 BDT
Ashrae says:
It's quite clearly in the Jubilee Sale....

What's the problem with that ?

Posted on 29 May 2012 11:29:30 BDT
AndyBSG says:
Pricing on Ebooks is nothing to do with Amazon, the publisher tells Amazon how much to sell them for.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 11:53:20 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Not with all of them. It's only the books which have 'this price was set by the publisher' which are fixed by the publisher. The rest Amazon can sell at whatever price they decide on.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 12:08:30 BDT
Amber Lady says:
How very dare they put it in the sale! tut

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 12:13:20 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
I don't understand how this is "punishing" people. It is nothing of the sort.

Do you stand, with placards, outside Tesco or Sainsbury's when they do BOGOFF's or price reductions for stuff you bought previously?

There are more important things to be irritated about.

Posted on 29 May 2012 12:18:21 BDT
Ethereal says:
I think it's all tied in with the ereader - people feel they've invested in a piece of technology and now want to get their money's worth of books!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 12:27:08 BDT
Ashrae says:
indeed - shame on them... naughty people...

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 12:33:44 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I don't understand the punishment idea either :-) Sometimes I find books in sales that I have paid more for but so what? I find far more books in sales - or just free - that I would have been happy to pay a normal sort of price for so I feel overall I'm getting more than enough bargains to keep me happy :-)

Posted on 29 May 2012 12:45:53 BDT
Hippocratia says:
This is quite funny considering that people usually complain about how expensive kindle books are, and why they aren't massively discounted from day 1 of the hardback being on sale. It just goes to show that you can't please all the people all the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2012 13:19:53 BDT
Damaskcat says:
As people are complaining at both ends of the scale the pricing must be somewhere near the correct level!

Posted on 29 May 2012 14:44:48 BDT
Brian says:
Amazon's pricing system is pretty fair.

Posted on 29 May 2012 23:57:47 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2012 00:07:55 BDT
Oracle says:
Stop the press! Prices go down when there is a sale on!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2012 08:30:09 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Shock horror news!! Book prices can down as well as up.

Posted on 30 May 2012 08:31:03 BDT
Or stay the same

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2012 10:26:26 BDT
Hippocratia says:
Are they allowed to do that?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2012 10:49:42 BDT
J. H says:
Nope, that would be OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!

:)
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