Unicode 7.0 Paperback Available (correction)
verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Fri Jan 16 18:23:26 CST 2015
For me in France the subtotal is effectively $16.24 but shipping costs
depend on the type of delivery; giving a total of
* $17.66 per regular mail (7 to 17 business days, i.e. up to 3 weeks
**after printing**) or
* $40.05 per "expedited" mail (2 to 5 business days, i.e. up to 1
week **after printing**) or
* $65.95 per "express" delivery (2 to 6 business days **after printing**)
The problem is not the price but the delivery ! I understand the term
"after printing" (because it is printed on demand) however
- for the mslalest price, the delivery delay is excessively long even by
regular mail (I suppose they are waiting to get some volume before sendng;
but 17 days is really too much).
- the two other delivery options are largely overpriced; Lulu profits
largely there and this is not justified by delivery costs.
- even the most expensive "express" option is longer than the "expedited"
REally Lulu is certainly not the best partner for the Consortium and it
would be preferable that the Consortium prints on demand but sells that via
a more serious worldwide partner such as Amazon (if amazon takes a few
percents of sales, just take that into acount in the initial price).
Shipping costs by Amazon are far better (and they can also print on demand
with its own partner printers). And there are far better options for
payments, more secure delivery, with more options at much smaller costs.
Lulu seems very inefficient. I've never anywhere seen "shipping and
delivery costs" so expensive for books (and so slow).
Note that taxes are also not included; so expect to pay also the VAT to the
post office or delivery service to get the product (in France this adds
20%, not only to the products cost for for the full service. But I don't
think that the effective develivery costs are so expensive so you'll pay
taxes on the books plus on a part of the "shipping costs" actually NOT
included in the effective postal costs. That VAT amount pyed on exports is
unpredictable from this reseller.
So don't expect to have people buying these books from Lulu except from US.
2015-01-17 0:21 GMT+01:00 Pierpaolo Bernardi <olopierpa at gmail.com>:
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:07 PM, Pierpaolo Bernardi
> <olopierpa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM, Pierpaolo Bernardi
> > <olopierpa at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> And why Lulu says they can ship them only from North America? (so
> >> shipping costs 33.99 EUR, making the total (64.56 EUR = 74.67 USD) not
> >> so cheap anymore)
> > As a point of comparison, the Addison-Wesley edition of the 5.0
> > version, bought from Amazon, cost me 55.69 EUR in 2006, included taxes
> > and shipping.
> As another point of comparison, the Lulu edition of 6.1, bought from
> Lulu cost me 33.24 USD (including taxes & shipping).
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