Another reason not to buy paper books on Amazon: counterfeits are widespread.

old man yells at cloud of online stores 

@brainwane this whole thing where major online stores just became frontends for random shops you never heard of, of which a large amount are sketchy is ...

... not a good trend.

Same happened to newegg. Ordering anything tech is a nightmare of weird scalpers.

If I wanted to be on ebay I'd be on it.

old man yells at cloud of online stores 

@brion oh no! NewEgg too?!?! Very disappointing!

This makes me glad that it's easier than it's previously been for manufacturers to set up their own storefronts

old man yells at cloud of online stores 

@brainwane @brion on both amazon and newegg I tend to avoid third party sellers, haven't had a counterfeit issue with "sold by" the main store yet. But it's a huge problem overall!

old man yells at cloud of online stores 

@brainwane @brion I started using eBay more when I deleted my Amazon account — it’s actually fine! It’s pretty easy to compare different vendors for a product and the worst experience I’ve had was just that the person didn’t pack the item well. I got a full refund, no hassle.

@brainwane Wild. Is this an FTC issue in the states? I'm surprised this even makes sense with a physical product, but the product differences are wild. It's not even a good *copy* -- save on paper or something?

@K_REY_C @brainwane

long before Amazon even existed I was in a random bookshop in Malaysia in 1994 and found "unusual" versions of mostly American tech books, sold at way cheaper prices (I don't know if they were pirated, or "student" versions intended for a limited distribution). I suspect this has been going on for ages in various forms but clearly Amazon could do more to prevent it ...

@K_REY_C @brainwane

also friends who have published books and released records in the 90s (in UK) mentioned there is 0 way of being sure the printers or vinyl press hasn't made a few extra units that they sell on top of the ones they were supposed to make and then trouser the money made from selling the extras without declaring them for royalty payment purposes, and scams like this happened all the time...

@brainwane I just realized you slipped into the local timeline. Welcome to the instance! 😄

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