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#298175 - 08/06/09 02:01 AM Amazon through Malesurvivor
king tut Offline

Registered: 02/13/08
Posts: 2488
Loc: UK
I was looking at books the other day on (which is what comes up first from google for me since my google is uk) and then decided to look at Amazon through linking from our bookstore by clicking on the icon.

I found that this site links to (obviously), but i realised it has a much better range of books than, at least for what i was looking at.

Why should there be a difference between .com and and is somebody in the uk allowed to use .com?


#298190 - 08/06/09 03:44 AM Re: Amazon through Malesurvivor [Re: king tut]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
I think it just has to with the demand in UK. US is the origin of Amazon and they have several warehouses in the US. They must have millions of customers with a wide range of items in demand.

However I have occasionally shopped the UK site for musical items. They have a richer variety of horn recordings than the US web site.



#298194 - 08/06/09 03:49 AM Re: Amazon through Malesurvivor [Re: pufferfish]
Trucker51 Offline

Registered: 05/21/08
Posts: 2826
Loc: Denver, CO
Somewhere I have heard that your British government likes to limit access to certain kinds of reading material and that anything sold there has to be on their approved list. Perhaps you should try to order something from here that isn't offered there and see if you can get it shipped there or not.


"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark

#298211 - 08/06/09 04:47 AM Re: Amazon through Malesurvivor [Re: Trucker51]
WalkingSouth Offline

Registered: 08/30/05
Posts: 16270
Loc: Waldport, Oregon
I have ordered books from that were not available here in the states without problem other than they were bloody expensive! Dunno if it can be done the other way around or not.

I do know that if you enter through our bookstore portal MS earns a small percentage on every dollar you spend but the price is the same as using Amazon in the normal way.

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'Holy Shit! What a ride!'" ~Hunter S. Thompson

#298243 - 08/06/09 10:45 AM Re: Amazon through Malesurvivor [Re: WalkingSouth]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA

The two sites are different companies, both owned by the Amazon group. They have different books partly because books published in one country are sometimes not licensed for another. This is an especially big problem for English-language books moving between the USA and the UK, but the same issue pops up with French-language books between France and Quebec and Spanish books between Spain and Central and South America.

In general you will find a greater selection on, the American site, simply because its market base is a whole continent. The prices are lower as well. In principle you can buy from, but shipping to the UK can be expensive and in the Amazon Marketplace there will be sellers who don't ship abroad because they aren't set up to deal with the customs complications.

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