HK LIFE – Cheapest Books 9


Bookdepository.com already deliver free to HK, beating local PaddyfieldDymocksSwindonPage One etc.. and Amazon et al. But I noticed recently that – when you click through to their website – their prices didn’t correlate with the prices thrown up on comparison websites like bookbrain.com (or megashopbot.com which compares the comparison sites!). Often prices doubled.

For instance, a search for ‘Korea Lonely Planet’ throws up Book Depository as cheapest, with free worldwide delivery, at £11.81.

Splendid, until you click the link through and find it at £15.14 on their website…

To test if they were using IP geolocation to offer higher prices to foreign site visitors, I looked at the same page through a UK proxy… 54% off?  Jackpot:

As this would be the view my sister in England would have of the page, I asked her to order the book for HK delivery – and it worked!

That’s right readers, you can now burn a copy of Tony Blair’s memoirs for just £15.84, instead of £19.88.

So if you’re not in the UK, it’s best to use Bookbrain.com to search the true prices of Book Depository titles, and then employ an internet or human proxy to buy!

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  • Eddie

    How interesting, thanks

  • Eddie

    How interesting, thanks

  • Nickyb

    Why don’t just use the excellent HK public library system. You can go to the catalogue reserve a book for $2.50 and pick it up at the library of your choice.

  • Nickyb

    Why don’t just use the excellent HK public library system. You can go to the catalogue reserve a book for $2.50 and pick it up at the library of your choice.

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  • you could try tunnelbear.com VPN client, they give a certain amount of free usage each month, and you can switch between US and UK to get an IP address outside of HK. I haven’t tried it but this should bypass the GEOIP. tunnelbear is no-hassle to install and use and I use it regularly.

  • ניקי nikki

    thanks for the tip! how would you change proxies though? i love book depository. i found that sometimes books turned out cheaper if bought using certain currencies, as rates don’t seem to be updated live i think.

  • ניקי nikki

    thanks for the tip! how would you change proxies though? i love book depository. i found that sometimes books turned out cheaper if bought using certain currencies, as rates don’t seem to be updated live i think.

  • henk verhoefen

    i’ve seen quite a few books on https://www.secondhand.hk/