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UK ebooks VAT 20%->0% 1st May 2020
#101  pdurrant 07-08-2020, 10:15 AM
Quote j.p.s
I'm not in the UK, how have the larger publishers been responding (or not)?
Generally not, I think. But I haven't been paying really close attention, since I'm really only buying books that are on special offer at the moment, and they are still all £0.99 or so. (& Amazon have said that the £0.99 special offer pricing isn't going to go down.)
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#102  shalym 07-08-2020, 10:22 AM
Quote JSWolf
The thing is, most UK Kindle users buy their eBooks from Amazon.
Saved for posterity.

Shari
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#103  fjtorres 07-08-2020, 05:28 PM
Quote JSWolf
The thing is, most UK Kindle users buy their eBooks from Amazon. There is no Overdrive for them. So, if Amazon were to say, cut the prices to show a VAT reduction or else go, I think the publishers would cave.
No.
The publishers would call the competition authority.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/competition-and-markets-authority

That would be textbook antitrust: Amazon using their market power to dictate *consumer* prices to publishers. It's also a violation of the agreed upon contracts.

Amazon isn't about to slit their own throat to save you a few coins.
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#104  Canuck_in_Japan 07-10-2020, 10:56 AM
Is VAT already included in the price? I'm not sure why this is so hard. If a book is 7.99 then wouldn't it come out to 9.59 in the cart? So now a 7.99 book should be 7.99.
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#105  pdurrant 07-10-2020, 11:23 AM
Quote Canuck_in_Japan
Is VAT already included in the price? I'm not sure why this is so hard. If a book is 7.99 then wouldn't it come out to 9.59 in the cart? So now a 7.99 book should be 7.99.
The price publishers set and the price displayed to consumers includes VAT. It's illegal in the EU to advertise products to consumers quoting a price without the VAT already included.

So no, a £9.99 book on Amazon UK used to be £8.33 + £1.66 VAT, but you'd only have seen that by looking closely at your receipt. The price on the website and in the cart at checkout would have been £9.99.

Now, that same book may well still be advertised as £9.99, but it'll be £9.99 + £0.00 VAT.

Or the publisher might decide to change the price to £8.49.
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