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Is Amazon as dominant in Europe as in the U.S. when it comes to selling books online?

Specifically, I'm looking for textbooks on Amazon.de, and I'm wondering if it's worth the hassle of trying to find better deals from lesser-known online vendors. I recall in the U.S. that I could sometimes get better deals when something was priced too high on Amazon, but that the numbers of times this resulted in significant savings was relatively small.
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Old 16.11.2012, 20:03
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Re: Is Amazon as dominant in Europe as in the U.S. when it comes to selling books onl

Try amazonwedontpayuktax.co.uk and maybe googlewedonotpayuktax.co and even while you wait have a coffee at starbuckswedonotpayuktax.com
Seriously amazonuk seem to be pretty good. I have bought loads of books from there, mainly used but they have been excellent.

If you want DVDs try the hut.co.uk
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Re: Is Amazon as dominant in Europe as in the U.S. when it comes to selling books onl

You can have amazon orders delivered to your address from amazon.co.uk (better deals than amazon.ch), they'll knock VAT down for you and you should not have to pay any import duty up to CHF60 for non-book goods, up to 120 CHF for books. Careful, you must include the delivery in these figures.

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Specifically, I'm looking for textbooks on Amazon.de, and I'm wondering if it's worth the hassle of trying to find better deals from lesser-known online vendors. I recall in the U.S. that I could sometimes get better deals when something was priced too high on Amazon, but that the numbers of times this resulted in significant savings was relatively small.
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Old 16.11.2012, 20:07
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Re: Is Amazon as dominant in Europe as in the U.S. when it comes to selling books onl

For used or out of print books, try abebooks.com which is a site used internationally by antiquarian booksellers.
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You can have amazon orders delivered to your address from amazon.co.uk (better deals than amazon.ch), they'll knock VAT down for you and you should not have to pay any import duty up to CHF60 for non-book goods, up to 120 CHF for books. Careful, you must include the delivery in these figures.
Should be closer to chf 200 for books. Is there actually an amazon.ch? .de, .fr for sure....

Bookdepository.co.uk is also good - free shipping, books are shipped one at a time so no tax.
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Old 16.11.2012, 20:23
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Re: Is Amazon as dominant in Europe as in the U.S. when it comes to selling books onl

I thought so too, up to CHF200 for books.
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