10% Discount Code for the Book Depository
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10% discount code for the Book Depository listed on their facebook page:
Go to this page and ignore the error about expired offer as it still works
Choose your books as normal, then when on the basket page enter this code is the coupon box:
to receive 10% off
New 10% discount code, valid until 16th May 2011
Use the link above and enter this code: PPN3WS
on the 'View Basket' page
Thank you edaln - I was considering an order, and this got me a free book out of it.
I sooooo need more books! *sigh*
edited to fix spelling! Sorry!
New 10% Discount valid until 31st August 2011:
The space for a coupon code seems to have disappeared - or am I hallucinating?
Any 10% off joy?
It's been ages since I've seen BD coupons.
"both the .co.uk and the .com websites, which have different prices."
Assuming you live in neither the US or the UK (I live in Japan) which is cheaper?
I can't answer for Japan (I assume you have to pay shipping), but for the US I find that sometimes the UK prices are lower and sometime the US prices are lower. The odd thing is that even ones ordered from the US site are sent from the UK, so I don't understand the price differences (which might mean that the shipping cost to Japan is the same, and only the price is different). They are often, but not always, lower than Amazon prices, at least for more obscure titles.
10% Discount code for April and May 2012
Code = APMA12
>14 They practice different pricing based on geolocation of ip and presence of a logged-in account or former buying history.
A while ago I checked a number of times and an apparent "virgin US customer" (me through a random proxy) was most often offered prices way more interesting than I was offered with my regular IP and logged-in with my account.
And no, compensating for extra postage isn't the reason. Postage is supposed to be free, right ? And UK book rate to my country is actually cheaper than to the US.
>17 The "free" postage is calcuated into the price they display you based on your geolocation (so they assume US IP equals US shipping destination) whereas Amazon shows you shipping charges you pay for. This implicit pricing may hurt you if you have to pay import duties on expensive books as these are based on the cost of the goods, usually excluding shipping costs.
The 10% off is nice but less than the recent price hike I noticed. To check, I have looked at the current prices offered for the last dozen books I ordered from BD (mostly .uk but also .com). It looks like they increased their prices about 15% to the prices I paid (for fairly current paperback titles). For me, BD used to be about 3 EUR cheaper than Amazon.de for a 20 EUR book. Now, it is about even (usually 1 EUR cheaper at BD but Amazon offers faster delivery and superior packaging).
Looking at your own buying history, can you confirm my observation or is my case a statistical oddity?
I noticed higher prices on BD too. And yes, there's no such thing as free shipping, in the end. I use BD only for new non-English books (German, Spanish), because here they always cost more, when they can be found at all.
But Deastore (Italian and Spanish) may be competitive where books in Spanish are concerned. It too has "free" shipping.
I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of two Italian books from Deastore (my first order from them). They are still in the process of being sent to their warehouse. Hopefully too, they will be delivered there soon, so that the actual dispatch can take place ... (by the highspeed snails in the Italian postal service).
Ha! It was with highest trepidation that I placed my first order with them! What stories I could tell about the Italian post... Here's just one: I sent once a postcard within Florence, almost door to door (invitation to a dinner). It a) arrived four months later b) was postmarked February 31. You must wonder whether someone wasn't having a joke...
Deastore's orders have come here very fast so far. Maybe that's because they had to use winged snails.
The "free" shipping gimmick is being taken up by some used books sellers too, for instance, Better World Books. It pays to compare the prices of their listings on Amazon and on their website, I've seen some great discrepancies (possibly due to delayed book-keeping).
I've placed an order with them for the first time recently, very dubious about the condition, but when the titles are truly rare...
Related discussion: If I want to boycott Amazon's strangling oligopoly, what alternatives are there?
Alibris, Strand Bookstore and Powells.com aren't Amazon, as far as I know. Also, I often use Abebooks to find something, but then contact the seller independently. I've obtained better prices this way, although you take the risk if something should go wrong (Abebooks guarantees reimbursement for undelivered goods).
You can buy English language books through Deastore, although there may be delays, as they get them from publishers. French Fnac.com also has English books, but again, availability may be an issue.
Wonderbooks, Better World Books and other charity used books sellers are also independent.
Bookdepository 10% Discount code for July 2012
Code = 24SOL
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