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Discussion in 'Oceania Discussion Boards' started by beezel26, Jul 21, 2008.

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  1. beezel26 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    May 11, 2003
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    I mean 22 bucks for a soft cover that sells for 8 in the states. There is no way in the world that it costs 14 dollars to get to the states. I hedge maybe a dollar at most. Its pure ripoff. oh and off course buy it from the uk for twice the price. Five bucks says those books are produced in the states with uk stickers put on to rip us off even more.

    The dollars are equal now. What are we going to do?

    Yes we have ebay or amazon. Hell, outside of stuff with power cords it makes sense to buy american especially if you know the businesses are just ripping you off. Best part is if you want a book you have to wait three weeks to get it at over inflated prices when you can get it off of ebay for half the price and the same amount of time to get over here.
  2. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

    Member Since:
    Nov 4, 2003
    star 7
    I know I do this a lot, but WUT are you talking about.

    1. There are printing houses in Australia. Not all books come from the states. Some, but not all. Nor do they come just from the UK.

    2. Where are you shopping?

    If you answer is: a) Borders or b) Angus & Robertson, then let me explain why you feel ripped off.

    Borders in Australia has been bought out. I'm pretty sure by A&R (don't quote me on that, as it was being negotiated when I was still in the industry). A&R are pretty much the number 1 major chain of booksellers in Australia. How did they get there? By being absolute ****s. And now they're there? Well, they have no real competition. Collins is pretty much dead. The payless books and the like are now run by A&R franchisees/staff.

    So what can they do now?

    They can charge what the hell they like, because we have no choice, really, if we want a book new and shiny off the shelf.


  3. Kartanym Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
    star 6
    Which is why I buy my books either a) during the sales time, and at least six months after the book was originally released and b) at either a sci-fi book store if I can't find it, or try my luck at Kmart who are always cheaper on paperback releases.
  4. Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master

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    Mar 3, 2003
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    That's why you go to specalist bookshops like Galaxy, they also have a mail-order service and you can get books WEEKS before they release in Oz.

    I got Alliegance for $11 in paper back in January when I was last in Sydney. The only time I usually pay $11 for anything these days is a movie ticket, and that's on half-price Tuesday.
  5. Saintheart Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Dec 16, 2000
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    I don't understand why people don't shop more at secondhand bookshops. It's not like the words get any less fresh, you know.
  6. Kartanym Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
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    Very true, Sainty. Which reminds me of the day you brought all those books into that second hand book store in Freo all those years ago. Good times :p
  7. Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master

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    Mar 3, 2003
    star 8
    I go to second hand bookshops, there's lots of EU there usually but not if you want NEW books
  8. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

    Member Since:
    Nov 4, 2003
    star 7
    Nearly all of my 'reading' books are second hand. I love it.

    All of the books that I buy to 'keep' are bought from specialist shops or online, because I'm a snob.

    But give me second handbooks any day.
  9. Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress.

    Member Since:
    Jun 3, 2003
    star 10
    I used to collect all the books but with kids and other things in my life, I find I simply cannot afford the nutty prices for a Paperback book! I love hardcovers, but who can afford them? Especially when you read them in less than 2 days, then they get stowed away in the bookcabinet behind glass never to be seen again!! I don't read books a second time, I know many do, so for that reason as well as cost, I have simply stopped buying them! Stuck back in the Dark Nest Trilogy and probably will be for sometime at this rate... mutters damn hard to read that lot....o_O:rolleyes:
  10. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

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    Nov 4, 2003
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    Heh, that's it isn't Addy. You read them once and go...'eh' and never pick them up again :p

    And yes, Dark Nest, oy. :rolleyes: I think I skimmed the first two, read the last one which I picked up in a proof copy sale for $1 and then dumped it in a Salvos bin on the way home from work one day :p
  11. Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress.

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    Jun 3, 2003
    star 10
    I'm still reading book one! It's like pulling teeth!! I put it down and forget what I've read, then when I pick it up I have to skim again to catch up. My daughter was reading the 'Rangers Apprentice' series, and urged me to read book one. I did that and was hooked. Up to book four now, and they are wonderful books by Aussie Author John Flannagan. Easy read and action....swords, knights, fair maidens and the whole thing. Will stick to them for the time being, I have three more to go after this one and the eighth is due out in November! All good!:D
  12. Kartanym Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
    star 6
    Isn't there a library nearby, Adalia?
  13. Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress.

    Member Since:
    Jun 3, 2003
    star 10
    There is, but my daughter and I did a search and there was ONE Legacy of the Force book, and it was the latest!! We found it and it had be donated! So I am guessing they have no intention of getting the entire set in. LOTS of SW kids books, which I have all of and my kids have read them all. BTW, the donated one looked brand new, I suspected someone got it as a gift and didn't want it!
  14. beezel26 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    May 11, 2003
    star 7
    So its right to assume that the bookstores have a monopoly on the books and are overcharging?
  15. Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master

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    Mar 3, 2003
    star 8
    You can always fill out request forms for the library to buy books
  16. Adalia-Durron Former RSA/EUC Empress.

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    Jun 3, 2003
    star 10
    I doubt they'd buy a whole series just for me :(
  17. Shadowfire Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 14, 1998
    star 4
    I've not paid for a book in the past 5 years.


    I go to this place where they let me take all the books I want. Only catch is that I have to return them in 3 weeks. Those fools don't even charge to borrow them!

  18. PulsarSkate Ex-Mod

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    Nov 4, 2003
    star 7
    Wow. That post would have been so relevant about 10 posts ago :p
  19. Dingo Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 23, 2001
    star 5
    It's not Shad's fault he's old and slow. :p
  20. Shadowfire Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 14, 1998
    star 4
    Hey! Respect the '98! I've been on these forums for over 10 years! Whatever happened to kids respecting their elder and betterers?!
  21. Katana_Geldar Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 3, 2003
    star 8
    I wonder [face_whistling]
  22. Shadowfire Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 14, 1998
    star 4
    Come the revolution, you lot will be first against the wall *mutters*
  23. JediMasterKieca Jedi Master

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    Nov 30, 2000
    star 4
    Just because you're elder doesn't mean you're betterer.

    Obsolete, maybe..
  24. _Master-Skywalker_ Jedi Knight

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    Apr 30, 2005
    star 5
    the answer is- YES

    when you can buy the Marvel AND DC encyclopedia's from Amazon including shipping & it comes out LESS than the price of one of them here !! YES !!
  25. Caramello-Jedi Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Oct 30, 2003
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    Yeah definately. I love the sales which is when I usually buy books from stores like Borders or A&R or Dymocks. But if I do want a book new particularly Star Wars I head straight for Galaxy books. Actually thinking about it that is where I have headed for alot of my most recent purchases. Apart from that there is a discount bookstore near my work called basement books(at railway square exit of central station in sydney). New books... some a little damaged around the edges but I think the most expensive book I have seen there was still only about $13. They have a wide range of books though its a luck of the draw thing what they have exactly because they get them in on pallets and what they get is what they sell but when you are getting a book brand new for about $3 who's complaining?
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