So I decided to make sure that the new VAT laws weren’t causing any problems with my titles at the various Amazon stores. I admit, I’ve rarely paid attention to the prices in other countries, so I have no idea if these discrepancies are new or not. But, honestly, they are maddening and I’ve yet to hear back from the Amazon peeps. (Though I admit I only just emailed them last night and so I’m being rather impatient.)

Anyway, check this out. As you can see below, Training Season and Smoky Mountain Dreams are both $5.99 at all US outlets.

SMD_TS_AmazonPrice_US
Amazon US

 

SMD_TS_ARePrice
All Romance Ebooks

 

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Barnes & Noble US (I only have The River Leith at Nook UK)

 

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Smashwords (SMD gets a bit cut off, but you can see that it is $5.99)

Which brings us to the pricing at Amazon UK:

SMDAmazonPrice_UK

SMDPoundtoDollar

TSAmazonPrice_UK

TSPoundtoDollar

So, what’s the deal there? Am I paying the 20% VAT from my royalties these prices? I believe I am, right? So I should want both of them to be more like the Smoky Mountain Dreams price…though that seems a bit steep. Math isn’t my best subject, but I’m pretty sure that price difference is more than 20%? And the Training Season price doesn’t even cover the 20% VAT, I’m pretty sure? So I’m losing money on one and making a bit than I should on the other? And where did they even get these prices? My understanding was that they would be automatically increasing the UK prices to add in the tax. And yet these two books, which are the same price everywhere else, even at Amazon.de, are pretty differently priced at Amazon.uk. What’s up, dudes?

Another weird example is Keira’s and my book via Ellora’s Cave, Love’s Nest. Now, in my opinion, that book is overpriced in the US, but the difference between the US prices and the UK prices make zero sense, to be honest. Check this out.

LovesNestAmazonPrice_US

LovesNestARePrice

LovesNestECPrice

WTF, dudes, this is the UK price.
LovesNestAmazonPrice_UK

LovesNestPoundtoDollar

Even if we claim price-matching is happening, that doesn’t make sense because the UK price doesn’t come anywhere close to even the lowest US price. No makey-sensey. Or does it and I’m just not seeing it?

Help? Anyone dealt with this before? Is it a VAT glitch or something else entirely?

ALSO? Argh. I don’t want to waste my time on this kind of thing. Very annoying.

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2 thoughts on “Price Confusion on Amazon UK- VAT issues or just effed up? #problems #pricing

  1. Ugh, I haven’t even looked at mine. My understanding is, if we don’t change our European prices (i.e. raise them), the yes, WE pay the 20% VAT out of royalties.

    1. I think I finally got it kinda figured out. The issue seems to be that there WAS a Nook UK version of Training Season (which I couldn’t freaking find on my own via any amount of searching but which Amazon had somehow found) and that was gumming up the works.

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