I’m always on the lookout for places to buy books at reasonable prices and Fishpond.com.hk has some eye-catching discounts. But hang on…
They claim that the RRP for The Second World War by Antony Beevor is HK$496 (US$64). Eh? I don’t think so.
- The US list price is actually $35 and Amazon.com are offering it for less than $20.
- The UK list price is £25.00 ($40.00) but Amazon.co.uk are offering it for £12.46, or you can buy it from Book Depository for £20.70 with free delivery.
So, the price of HK$234 (US$30.20, £18.60) is cheaper than Book Depository, but it is nothing like a 53% discount.
So where does that RRP of nearly HK$500 come from? Hong Kong book shops tend to add 20% to the official price, but that only brings us to around HK$325.