My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Does buying from charity shops increase your good karma?
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    Not bad for a fiver each.
  2. vestingjager

    vestingjager Active Member

    "Armoured Guardsman", by Robert Boscawen and "British Armour in the Normandy Campaign" by John Buckley will arrive at my wife's work in a couple of days......:D:blush:
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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Yes! I enjoyed Beale's book too.
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    I don't feel quite so smug now as I had to pay postage on top of a fiver for Spearheading D-Day!
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  5. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    ..and I bet postage wasn't cheap.....rather a heavyweight tome.

    Obviously my Karma still needs a bit of work...just discovered a bl**dy, loose crown. Serves me right for being smug!
  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Considering some of the traditional punishments for hubris you're getting off lightly :rolleyes:
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  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Well, I am rewarding myself for things done this week by ordering a copy of Mark Hayward's historical/modeling book on the Sherman Firefly :)
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  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Don't think you'll regret it.
    Still puzzled as to why I caught it so cheap on Amazon. Their pricing can be bizarre
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  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    You might have been seeing a listing from a used book store selling through Amazon. Certainly it's out of print...
  10. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    2nd hand dealers selling via Amazon, Abe etc get penalised if they offer a book for sale and then fail to be able to deliver it but adding and removing books from their catalogue is a bit of a faff. I've been told that what some do is if they are out of a particular book they will raise the price to a point where nobody will buy but when one does come into stock they lower the listed price to something reasonable to sell it.
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    No, mate.
    Year ago. Sold & fulfilled by Amazon. Brand new & shrink-wrapped for £20. Weird - grabbed.
    Previous days - unavailable/pricey. Next day - back up to unavailable/pricey.
    Decided not to get a thing on Aberdeen proving grounds for £9 - next day £20.
    This a month ago.

    Often very strange.
    Seems like sometimes when there's just one copy left they let the price plummet. Maybe clear the warehouse space... God knows.
    Just looking at CamelCamelCamel shows how much they mess with prices (& our heads) on everything

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  12. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Some of the big sellers run automatic price matching software as well. Sometimes you end up with a Dutch auction of downward-spiralling prices that induces a novel form of stress, wondering how long you can leave it before someone buys one or one of the sellers notices and intervenes.
  13. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Member

    If buying from a bookseller through Amazon it is worth comparing the price there with that advertised on that bookseller's own website (if they have one). Recently managed to pick up a couple that way and found that the price via Amazon was higher by about the value of the postage i.e. £3 per book. Prices by that seller in both places were postage inclusive. Only issue with one was the time it took to actually receive it - over 2 weeks. Had to chase it up in the end and when it arrived the dispatch date was the day after I placed the order! So either it got forgotten in the warehouse or Royal Mail misplaced it and no one wanted to admit anything.
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  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Had a recent yen to get back into atomic developments.
    Got a feeling I might not agree with some of his conclusions, but looks interesting.

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  15. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    A Pictorial History and full of photos I've never seen previously. Needless to say I'm very pleased with this.

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  16. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    It's no surprise that many add a markup to cover the Amazon/Ebay fees but it's nice when it works in your favour. My 'The Army in India' that was listed for a very competitive £20, instead of the usual £30-40, turned out to be just a tenner in the shop. The only downside was the accompanying better half and her in-laws choosing not to share in the moment.
  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Bought largely as it has some great propaganda images.

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  18. JDKR

    JDKR Member

    Sorry Stolpi only just seen your post. Thanks for your kind words. The new version is entitled Theirs the Strife and is already on Amazon for pre-ordering. Here's the link to the Amazon page: Although the book is shown on Amazon, the manuscript actually still sits on my pc and I will submit it to my publisher in early January. The new book is much changed and is NTP on steroids with 70+ maps and, if my publisher is happy, 80+ photos. It covers, in the same detail as NTP, the battles fought by 6th Airborne Division, 11th Armoured Division and 1st Commando Brigade against 2. Marine-Infanterie-Division and SS-A.u.E. Btl. 12 HJ. It now includes accounts of air battles and chapters on the opposing forces, and the Epilogue analyses why some German units fought to the end. Etc, etc, etc. I think it's excellent but I suppose I would!
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  19. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    No need to apologize JDKR ... I'm looking forward to your new book and will buy a copy of it even though I have the first edition. It certainly will be worthwhile from what I read in your post.

    Until the very last it remained sharp at the 'sharp end' of the battle line.
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  20. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Here's the latest arrivals chez orwell

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