Nov 122009
 

I’ve discovered an excellent alternative to Amazon.com for those of us who live outside the US and have to cop the massive shipping charges and lengthy waits for our purchases (at time of writing: $5 per shipment plus $5 per item from Amazon, and $12.50 per item for Marketplace purchases; up to 3 months delay in receipt of items between November and January, three to four weeks at other times of the year).

The Book Depository offers free shipping worldwide (beat that Amazon). I ordered some books last Thursday evening and they arrived on my doorstep on Tuesday afternoon. While their prices are a little higher than Amazon’s (about a dollar on average), it certainly makes up for it if you are saving $10 to $12.50 on postage, and I have to say that the prices are far, far cheaper than books in Australia at the moment (I am a traitor, I know).

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