Books Are Very Expensive In New Zealand

by norman on June 14, 2012

I’m at the International Airport in Auckland. I always like to look at book shops, titles etc as I own a book importing business. It does surprise me how expensive books are in New Zealand, with the only excuse being the profiteering of some parts of the distribution chain, and probably not the poor book shop owners. I of course speak with some bias as we are trying to fight this. As a case in point, and a bizarre example, the New Zealand author Joe Karam’s book Trial by Ambush, published in New Zealand printed in Australia is $39 excluding tax in Auckland, but I can have it flown to me from the UK and hand delivered to me at home for $38. This rip off of consumers has been going on for decades, but now we have a choice.

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