I have whinged before about the cost of books and DVDs in Australia. The predominant business model for retailers of such wares has been based upon the concept of ripping people off for as much as possible. Fortunately, as the long overdue demise of both Borders and Angus and Robertson has shown consumers are becoming more savvy and simply wont tolerate this sort of behaviour.
Our mentor program requires folks to do a fair bit of reading and we are always looking for suggestions as to how to keep the costs of this down. One of the crew suggested Booko a site I had never heard of. Essentially it is a web crawler that scours the internet looking for the cheapest price for a book landed in Australia.
The image below shows the output of the search. I just clicked on Greys Anatomy from their list of most popular searches and it returned the following list. You can see the extraordinary differences in price, from $A54.37 from Amazon in the UK to $A260.95 offered by Angus and Robertson…….who would have guessed they would have been the most expensive.