Overpricing? $23 vs $7

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Gabe Orea | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 23 2017 10:34 PM

An honest question,

Is it normal/regular to have a Kindle book for $7 and the Logos version for $23?

See Cultural Intelligence, by David Livermore.

(Don't take me wrong, I own near 5,000 Logos resources. But I was quite surprised when I almost bought this book in Logos, then decided to check it first in Amazon). 

Thanks,

Gabe.

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JohnB | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 3:20 AM

It would be interesting to know what the hard book priced  was for Kindle.
Amazon often vary their prices dramatically compared to the hard book price dependant (no doubt) on the pricing policy of the day. 

The type of book will determine the amount of tagging in the Kindle version but there will always be a lot more work put into the Logos one than the Kindle one. Kindle don't even have tagging for page numbers never mind anything else.  On the more academic ones with some Greek/Hebrew/transliterated text the Kindle tends to be more buggy in my limited experience. 

Ultimately both Logos and Amazon are free to choose to price things as they want and we are free to buy from who we want.

Incidentally I find it quite common to have prices in Amazon higher than on Logos. I wonder how many Logos members write to Amazon to complain about their high pricing and accuse them of over charging?? 

To me the use of the word "over charging" is relevant to a monopoly where there is no choice and not to a free market capitalistic society where no prices are fixed.


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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 3:27 AM

Gabe Orea:
Is it normal/regular to have a Kindle book for $7 and the Logos version for $23?

Cultural Intelligence is showing up as $15.02 on Kindle for me. Perhaps it was on sale.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 5:23 AM

It depends on the publisher too, some books are sometimes a little more expensive than a Logos version. Other books are only a couple of dollars less than a Logos book. And sometimes, yes, some Logos books are overpriced.

DAL

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Sean | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 5:50 AM

JohnB:
The type of book will determine the amount of tagging in the Kindle version but there will always be a lot more work put into the Logos one than the Kindle one. Kindle don't even have tagging for page numbers never mind anything else.

I have bought a few theology books on Kindle, ones that were pennies on Logos's dollar, too cheap to pass up.

I have consistently been disappointed with them. They're okay for casual reading but for any serious work Logos editions are vastly superior. In my opinion some are overpriced, but there's no doubt that they are of much greater value than Kindle editions.

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 6:10 AM

Mark Barnes:

Cultural Intelligence is showing up as $15.02 on Kindle for me. Perhaps it was on sale.

It depends on a variety of parameters. $19.48 on Kindle for me.

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 6:38 AM

Gabe Orea:

An honest question,

Is it normal/regular to have a Kindle book for $7 and the Logos version for $23?

See Cultural Intelligence, by David Livermore.

(Don't take me wrong, I own near 5,000 Logos resources. But I was quite surprised when I almost bought this book in Logos, then decided to check it first in Amazon). 

Thanks,

Gabe.

It is certainly not unusual.  There are obvious advantages to having some books in one's Logos Library.  For one thing it will be tagged so that it integrates with your whole Logos Library. So, it is not unreasonable that the extra tagging makes the Logos edition a bit more expensive.   For me it is more important to have reference books, such as commentaries, Bible Dictionaries, and language tools in Logos format.  It is not so important with many other kinds of books. So I have bought lots of Logos books (over 7500), but I have also bought a significant number of books in other formats, including Kindle.

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Into Grace | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 8:50 AM

I now prefer Kindle books over Logos. That is, unless they are commentaries, Bibles, theological journals, lexicons, etc. Most of my reading and studying involves a tablet. Kindle books have a copy and paste feature, their app is more stable (I have to restart Logos app multiple times per day), they have collections with nice book icons which makes finding something in my library easy, and they have an easy search feature (with Logos app I have to go find the book from a list of books, which is annoying. 

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Eduardo Espiritu | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 9:48 AM

Yes, it is normal and expected. The golden goal of pricing is airline ticket pricing.  The price paid should be the most that an individual is willing to pay. Just as a seat on a plane to Amman, Jordan, has a different value to different people, so too an electronic book of a given level of quality.

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 11:42 AM

Jan Krohn:

Mark Barnes:

Cultural Intelligence is showing up as $15.02 on Kindle for me. Perhaps it was on sale.

It depends on a variety of parameters. $19.48 on Kindle for me.

$14.74 for me.....Interesting.

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 12:57 PM

Once again individuals need to make their own decisions as to what is valuable to them in Logos- I have passed on about 90% of their current offerings due to the fact I can get the same resources for 10- 40% of their pricing- how? books, paper books- yep and it does not hinder my study at all.

So grow up, you lived before Logos, you'll live- and hopefully keep studying after Logos- I have. One great benefit I appreciate is their PBB utility- I have compiled hundreds of resources they will never offer- and have hundreds in PBB that it took them 10 years to offer.

I have so much trash publications from FL from upgrading packages I would gladly purge and surrender the license to if there was an easy way to do it.

So if you don't like the pricing- shop elsewhere or do without.

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Gabe Orea | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 2:47 PM

Interesting to see some of you guys got different prices on Amazon. I just checked again and took a picture, see it attached. My price is quite lower than the price some of you reported. I wonder if it is related to the amount of books we have bought there? Or maybe other factor? Anyway, thanks for your input.

Cheers.

Gabe

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 3:02 PM

Are you a “Prime Student”? According to the add you get 50% off, maybe that’s why. I’m just assuming.

DAL

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 3:07 PM

I don't think Amazon will tell you the factors.I know that location is one of them. Possibly Prime membership. They might also do some A/B marketing tests with different prices...

I've recently said in a different thread already, the good thing about Logos is, that it has the same price for everyone. Same free offers for everyone. (Almost) no discrimination on the country of residence.

Amazon quite often doesn't even provide freebies made available by the publisher to me!

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 3:55 PM

DAL:

Are you a “Prime Student”? According to the add you get 50% off, maybe that’s why. I’m just assuming.

DAL

His screen copy does says that. But that's just assuming.  :)

Never mind.  


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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 4:22 PM

Denise:

DAL:

Are you a “Prime Student”? According to the add you get 50% off, maybe that’s why. I’m just assuming.

DAL

His screen copy does says that. But that's just assuming.  :)

Never mind.  

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Gabe Orea | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 4:53 PM

No, I am not registered as a Prime Student in Amazon. What you see there is the advertisement, a link to apply to be one. Also, if you see a little below, it says "Try Prime," which means I am not. 

Anyway, again, thanks everyone for all the input. I'm glad I can still have the $7 price there. :)

Gabe. 

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 5:53 PM

Gabe I often find cheaper pricing in Wordsearch but prefer the Logos app as I am more familiar with it.  I sometimes buy hardcopies from Christianbook too and yes occasionally from Amazon Kindle.

One software to rule them all would be nice, huh?

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Jonathan Bradley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 7:29 PM

Gabe, do you own a physical copy of the book your purchased through Amazon? 

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Gabe Orea | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 24 2017 8:53 PM

Hi Jon,

No, I don't have a physical copy of this book.

Actually I have bought two copies now, but both are Kindle. The first order I sent it as a gift; the second one was for me. On both separate purchases I got the same $6.95 price. Nice. :)

Gabe

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