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France: Dear Consumer - Screw you
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 14, 2007

As always, government intervention in the market always costs someone - usually the consumer:
Amazon.com may not offer free delivery on books in France, the high court in Versailles has ruled.

The action, brought in January 2004 by the French Booksellers' Union (Syndicat de la librairie franaise), accused Amazon of offering illegal discounts on books and even of selling some books below cost.

The court gave Amazon 10 days to start charging for the delivery of books, which should at least allow the company to maintain the offer through the end-of-year gift-giving season. After that, it must pay a fine of 1,000 [Euros] (US$1,470) per day that it continues to offer free delivery. It must also pay 100,000 [Euros] in compensation to the booksellers' union.

Retail prices, particularly of books, are tightly regulated in France.
Yup ... heaven help us if the consumer gets a break on something, huh? If I were Amazon, I'd charge the equivalent of a dime a book for shipping just to mess with those protectionists.
 
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1000/100,000 Euros, not francs! Very typically French, a tradition that dates back to the centralization of the pre-revolutionary French monarchy. The reaction of French consumers will be interesting. Typically, they expect and even suport this sort of thing. But with globalization, the culture may be starting to change.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
URL: http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~erb/blog.htm
Typically, they expect and even suport this sort of thing.
Frankly, then, they are chumps. Prop up the "booksellers union" by screwing consumers?
 
Written By: the wolf
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What about kindle ebooks? Do they have to charge shipping for those? :D Forget a dime, charge the equiv of a penny or whatever they can, heck charge them a penny and then give them a penny for every book they buy.
 
Written By: josh b
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1000/100,000 Euros, not francs!
is there a reason you act surprised? The French phased out the franc in 1999, almost 10 years ago.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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He changed the text — the original post listed the article as saying "francs," and I was correcting it, noting it should be listed as Euros, not francs. I notice that the post has been corrected to now read Euros.
 
Written By: Scott Erb
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You’d think the Deliveryman Union would counter-sue.
 
Written By: Harun
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I suppose it is not by accident that the booksellers union is called a "Syndicat"
 
Written By: D
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Seems that it would be fairly easy to write an algorithm to discount the cost of the book by the expected shipping charge and it would probably be tax deductible as a cost of business.
 
Written By: piscivorous
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Do you guys actually want to see the end of towns and cities ? To make a world consisting of highways, depots and dormitories ?
 
Written By: Blewyn
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Do you guys actually want to see the end of rational argument? To make a world consisting of strawmen, irrelevancies, and fallacies?
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Do you guys actually want to see the end of rational argument? To make a world consisting of strawmen, irrelevancies, and fallacies?
If you do, or wish to learn more about said world, click here.
 
Written By: Joel. C.
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What about kindle ebooks? Do they have to charge shipping for those? :D Forget a dime, charge the equiv of a penny or whatever they can, heck charge them a penny and then give them a penny for every book they buy.
Or maybe they could charge a penny and then pay the syndicat’s court ordered tribute in pennies.
 
Written By: peter jackson
URL: www.liberalcapitalist.com
And they could ship the pennies C.O.D.
 
Written By: peter jackson
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Strawmen ? So Amazon is planning to open distributed local outlets and put them in private hands in order to circulate wealth ?
 
Written By: Blewyn
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"Strawmen ? So Amazon is planning to open distributed local outlets and put them in private hands in order to circulate wealth ?"

Yeah, just as soon as the French government intervenes to block out the sun in favor of the candle-maker’s Syndicat.
 
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