Click on the screenshot below (and any screenshots on this posting) to examine this more closely. It’s my author page from Amazon US, listing my titles. Note how in the top row, two of my titles are listed as selling for $0.99 (Kindle editions). Now, this is not true – neither I nor my publisher has discounted these titles, and this price is plain wrong.
Happily, on the very same page, the “correct” price is listed. What does that tell you about Amazon’s vaunted IT expertise?
But wait, there’s more… I was looking at that in Safari from Japan. Let’s look at it in Chrome:
Back to $0.99 on the same page, different browser.
And click through to the actual book pages (Chrome again):
Actually, these are meant to be the same price, $2.99. So let’s go through the Hola Chrome extension and pretend to be in the USA:
We are now entering serious WTF country:
So… Depending on your browser, and where Amazon thinks you live, Amazon quotes different prices to you for the same product, or even quotes different prices on the same page, which are not the same as the price the publisher quotes.
Oh, and speaking of which, despite requests made over several months, the publisher of some of these paperback titles is given wrongly. These are NOT Createspace publications.
So, given that Amazon doesn’t seem able to get a simple thing like catalogue listings correct (pricing and metadata), how far can we trust their sales reports?
Time for Jeff Bezos to cease his psychopathic fantasies of 3D phones and unsold tablet devices, drone deliveries, and all the other things that bubble up in his mind from time to time, and look at the reality of a dysfunctional sales system.
Is Amazon just a vast Ponzi scheme playing on investors’ greed? Probably not, but it certainly seems to have many of the characteristics of one.