June 26, 2011

I need your opinions ...

I just put up a lil' survey at the top of the right column of my blog. Your quick vote would be very much appreciated!

More about the hot topic of book pricing at TBD will follow in a blog post that will go online later next week!


  1. I didn't know that but it makes perfect sense to me as I was wondering how they could possibly send worldwide so cheaply. I only really use them to send books abroad as they're not usually cheaper than Amazon so I'm getting the benefit of my IP address. The most sensible thing would be for them to just charge postage depending on where you want things sent, but then people only use the site for its "free" postage.

  2. When you think about it it certainly makes sense. Too bad when you're not living in one of the "cheap" zones like the UK or, as I just found out, also the US ... and don't ask me why it's cheaper for someone in the US, compared to someone in mainland Europe, to order a book at TBD.
    I totally agree that they should simply adjust prices upon checkout, then again that would make the whole thing a bit too obvious.

  3. They must have a warehouse in the US too then. It's much cheaper to send within Europe. Are you charged a lot more?

  4. You might be right about the warehouse in the US. As to the difference for a specific book - and I refer to different books that winners of my latest giveaway have chosen - they show up as roughly $10,- in the US but at around $14,- for me, which is quite hefty.

  5. Seriously? Um, I thought it was based on the url. I see prices higher at the .co.uk site than the .com one. :O

  6. Btw, I think they don't have a warehouse in the US. I buy from the US site and I get them sent from UK, and it takes about a week to arrive here. I've bought from both sites too.

  7. I knew that the pricing was different, but I think it is because of the fact that TBD applies different amounts of VAT to different countries. (If you click on this link and scroll down a little bit, you will find the list with all the different amounts of VAT.

    I also wanted to add that books are usually more expensive for me from the .com site than from the .co.uk site (though both apply the same amount of VAT).

  8. Yes, there are (usually slight) differences between the .com and .uk site too, but the only idea I have about that is those could be promotional?
    The hint about VAT is interesting, but certainly not the culprit. First of all, that only applies to countries within the EU, and even if it were worldwide, then Austria has 10% and well, I've never been good in math, but $10,- plus 10% isn't $14,- or am I missing something?
    So, bottom line, they do squeeze in the costs for postage this way.

    Thanks for all your feedback!!
    That will make my planned blog post all the more interesting, for me to write, and for you to read.