The two faces of Amazon.com

Amazon is a marvel of the modern age. Cheap books, shipped worldwide at ever-cheaper rates. Very cheap indeed if you bought a Kindle (I have a DX. I love it).

There’s one problem: sometimes you don’t actually buy the book from Amazon. It’s coming from a third party.

Today I placed an order for several books. One cost $59.38.

And when I got the Amazon confirmation, I saw that this book was being sold from a third party who proposes to charge me $59.95 to post a single book to me. The rest of the books being sent by Amazon are costing $20 to ship.

I’ve sent a message requesting a cancellation.

In future my view is that if something on Amazon isn’t being fulfilled by Amazon, then it’s simply not available on Amazon.

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