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Le Davidson

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US Pricing Question
Posted: Feb 15, 2015 7:32 AM
 
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As publisher of "The Tango Zone", I recently lowered the US book price from $2.99 to $ 0.99 and matched this price by checking the "match US price" option in every other country. When the new price went live, the US price showed up as $ 0.79, instead of the $ 0.99 requested. I rechecked the pricing page on My Bookshelf and could find no problem to the checklist. Could anyone explain the $ 0.79 US price which is presently showing up (Feb 15/15) for the book "The Tango Zone" by D Jay Johnson. As a publisher, I'd appreciate any comments regarding this occurrence. Thank you for your time.

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 7:35 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
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Le, I've never seen anything like that before. You need to hit the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page and get in touch with KDP Support immediately. Since the lowest list price they allow is $.99, the one thing I can say for sure is that something is wrong.
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Re: US Pricing Question
Posted: Feb 15, 2015 7:47 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
 
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When I look at your book in the US store, I see a price of 99 cents.
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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 8:10 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
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Are you perhaps located outside the US, so that you see a price in £ or €?

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Le Davidson

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 8:59 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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The price of $ 0.79 is showing on Amazon.com (US) instead of the $ 0.99 I selected in the Pricing on My Bookshelf for "The Tango Zone". I am a Canadian publisher. But I don't think my country of origin makes a difference as I am logging on to Amazon.com (US) and still seeing the price listed there of $ 0.79. For further verification, can anyone in the US take a look at the US listing to see what price appears for them for "The Tango Zone" by D Jay Johnson.
Thank you.
Le
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Donald Roble

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 9:05 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
 
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Shows $.99.
Le Davidson

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 9:10 AM   in response to: Donald Roble in response to: Donald Roble
 
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What is more strange is that when I search for "The Tango Zone" on Amazon.com (US), the first small icon for the book shows up listing $ 0.99, but when I click on it and it goes to the book details page it shows $ 0.79. Can anyone confirm this? Your input is very much appreciated.
Le
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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 9:12 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
 
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Le Davidson wrote:
The price of $ 0.79 is showing on Amazon.com (US) instead of the $ 0.99 I selected in the Pricing on My Bookshelf for "The Tango Zone". I am a Canadian publisher. But I don't think my country of origin makes a difference as I am logging on to Amazon.com (US) and still seeing the price listed there of $ 0.79. For further verification, can anyone in the US take a look at the US listing to see what price appears for them for "The Tango Zone" by D Jay Johnson.
Thank you.
Le
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I'm afraid the fact that you are outside the U.S. does indeed change the prices you see on the .com site. What you see is your country's price (based on your account and/or your IP address) reconverted back into a USD price, you do not see the US USD price. The only way that the .com site will show someone from outside the U.S. current pricing in the US, is to try to confuse the .com that you are actually in the US.
Le Davidson

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 9:35 AM   in response to: Megan Yates in response to: Megan Yates
 
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Hi Megan, thanks for your reply. I appreciate your insight and attention, but how would it account for the fact that when I search for "The Tango Zone" on Amazon.com (US), the first icon (small one) shows up listing $0.99, and when I click on this icon and the book detail page comes up, it shows a price of $0.79? As well, if this is a conversion re the Canadian dollar value compared to the US dollar as you suggest, the price of a US list at $0.99 would equal $1.29 Canadian as our dollar as presently way lower in value than the US dollar at the moment.

Once again thank you for your time and suggestions.
All comments are welcome and very much appreciated.

Le

Edited by: Le Davidson on Feb 15, 2015 11:44 AM
Notjohn

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:13 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
 
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Kindle Price: $0.99

It's a mystery, but I wouldn't worry about it. The price is what you wanted it to be.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Le Davidson

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:48 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thanks Notjohn for your help. I'll keep the question open, in case others experience a similar glitch.
Le
Glen Cadigan

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Re: US Pricing Question
Posted: Oct 17, 2015 5:37 AM   in response to: Le Davidson in response to: Le Davidson
 
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I have this problem, too, and am also based in Canada.

The reply I received from KDP help was also related to currency differences. They told me that since the Canadian Dollar is less than the US Dollar, the price I was seeing on Amazon.com was in US dollars, which was why it was lower. Since my list price was $9.99, $9.99 in Canadian dollars equals (today, at least) $7.72 USD, which was why the price was lower.

The problem is, my list price is set at $9.99 USD, not $9.99 CAD. I have checked all the boxes on the pricing page so that my book is sold for the equivalent of $9.99 USD worldwide, which means that the Canadian price should be $12.90 CAD (based upon today's rates).

When I pointed this out to KDP help, the reply was that I did not save my changes the last time I changed my price. Therefore, the changes I made to the price were not Live.

This is nonsense, because I have never changed the price of my $9.99 USD book. I uploaded it, set the price, checked the boxes so that it would sell for the equivalent of $9.99 USD worldwide, and pressed the "Save and Publish" button. I have done this with every eBook that I have published on Kindle going back for years, and with every single one of them, they have gotten the currency conversion wrong.

Previously, I was only selling books for $2.99 USD and $0.99 USD, so it wasn't worth my while to fight with Amazon over the difference based upon my Canadian sales. I liken the experience to beating my head against a brick wall, and for the sake of my mental health, I try to avoid it.

But $9.99 USD is not $0.99 USD or $2.99 USD, and now I know that the problem is not limited to Canada. I sold a copy of my $9.99 USD book to a customer in Australia, and received $8.34 AUD for the sale. Since 70% of $9.99 USD is $6.99 USD and $8.34 AUD equals (today, anyway) $6.06 USD, the numbers are more than a little off.

I wonder how much money all authors (Canadian, American, or otherwise) have lost over the years on their international sales based upon the glitches in Amazon's system.
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Re: US Pricing Question
Posted: Dec 9, 2017 7:30 AM   in response to: Glen Cadigan in response to: Glen Cadigan
 
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This is still happening as I have just published my first Kindle book and the same issue has arisen. If someone in Canada purchases the book, they will pay $9.99 Canadian which is over $2 USD less than the amount I listed it for on KDP. It should be showing $12.70 Canadian on Amazon.ca. Zscheesch!
cdalebrittain

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Re: US Pricing Question
Posted: Dec 9, 2017 7:39 AM   in response to: gretta in response to: gretta
 
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The price that you see depends on what country you're in, and whether you're logged in. This confuses and worries a lot of people, but the price you set for each country will be the price seen by people in that country who are shopping.

Btw, $9.99 is much too high unless your book is very long (and very good).
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