Sunday, September 23, 2007

Amazon vs Amazon. A catfight.. to the death!

The dollar (US) to dollar (CN) parity has been quite an interesting development recently. Unfortunately it means that Canadian resellers (like are in danger of being over-run by more aggressive competitors like Consider these prices differences:


The Age of Turbulence, Alan Greenspan's latest literary masterpiece, is (at this writing) 26.46 CDN and only 20.99 USD

The story is much the same with DVDs too. Take, for example the BBC's fascinating documentary series on the life and times of other species throughout the universe, Doctor Who. The third series is 87.49 CDN at and only 69.99 USD at

With the Canadian dollar and US dollar parity how are Canadian resellers like going to compete with US resellers like While some might argue that this is only a short term inbalence and that the laws of economics will take care of things, I suspect otherwise! I would suggest massive, arbitrary government intervention to help Canadian resellers maintain their high prices.

P.S.: I am not a crackpot.

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