I don’t know about you but I am a great fan of Amazon and use them on a fairly regular basis, mainly for photography books but also for other things. The selection is enormous, the prices are really good and the service, including the time it takes for delivery is amazing. I have had the odd delay on an out of stock item but this is very rare.
I discovered something the other day that I hadn’t realised before and if you aren’t aware of it, it could save you some money.
It seems that the pricing is a bit like Easy Jet. By this, I mean it goes up and down – presumably with demand or some other market forces.
I can’t remember the exact figures but I was looking to buy Volume 3 of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography book and possibly “The moment it clicks” by Joe McNally. On the day I looked Volumes 1 and 2 of the Scott Kelby books were shown at 45% discount to list price but Volume 3 and the Joe McNally book were at 30%.
Where I come from, we don’t throw our hard earned money around, so I decided to wait.
Imagine my surprise a few days later when I looked on the site to see that Volume 3 was at 50% discount but the McNally was now only 20%. So I went ahead and ordered the Scott Kelby Vol3. with free delivery, a real bargain. Today it is still at the same price but the McNally is now shown at 15% discount.
I don’t understand the Amazon pricing formula but will watch items I want with interest before I buy in future. I am also training myself not to use them just as a bookshop as they offer fantastic prices for a whole range of items for photographers even the software update for my Sat Nav.
If I ever sort out how to do it there will be a link to my Amazon wish list from this site in the near future.