Handbook of the Birds of the World Volume 16

Subject: Handbook of the Birds of the World Volume 16
From: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:27:21 +1000
Ian Reid wrote:

can anyone explain to the me the retail price in Australia? Cost to buy directly from Lynx Edicions, the publisher, is 212 euro (approx $270 plus shipping), so how is $430 justified and/or sustained?

Sure can Ian. Some publishers will not give retail booksellers a reasonable wholesale discount but they still expect them to sell their books. Simple as that!! Another extremely annoying problem is that some publishers quote a standard retail price which the bookseller works on but he later finds that the publisher has discounted the retail price to entice people to buy direct from them. It is a dog-eat-dog world out there!

And that is not all the sort of rubbish you have to put up with in this business. Buying from overseas publishers has an added problem - all consignments have to be shipped by sea which is still not cheap. Since Vol 1 of HBW, I have had two consignments lost. Luckily they were insured. Another consignment went to Norway from Spain before it arrived in Australia about 5 months after it was consigned. Another had lost all of its outer packaging and six books arrived separately over a few weeks. Another had lost all its tagging apart from a small torn tag with only part of my name and address intact which someone had stapled back onto the package - otherwise it would have been lost as well.

Having said that there are still a small number of fair and honest publishers about.

Lloyd Nielsen


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