Unicode 7.0 Paperback Available (correction)

Pierpaolo Bernardi olopierpa at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 19:12:57 CST 2015

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 1:48 AM, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> Note: Lulu has other sale points for other countries.

Lulu was redirecting me automatically to the Italian shop.  Switching
to USA, the price of the books are what they are supposed to be and
the shipping costs too are reduced. Like this

Item Subtotal: $16.24
Shipping Subtotal: $40.04
Value Added Tax: $9.46
Total: $65.74 (= 56.86 EUR today's exchange rate)

Still a lot, but now it is less extravagant. The principal culprit of
the high price seems to be that the shipping cost for two books is
twice that of one book.  No discount.

> I can find volume 2 in France there
> http://www.lulu.com/shop/unicode-consortium/unicode-70-volume-1/paperback/product-21962094.html
> at €11.96 (but still not including 20% French VAT and still not the shipping
> costs from US only)

If you proceed with the order, you will be shown shipping and VAT
before confirming.

> And the 3 delivery costs options are at €9.99, €29.99, and €49.99 (same
> lengthy delays after printing from US; the third option being complelety
> useless).

The cheaper shipping is not traced, I have found it totally unreliable
at my expense, and Lulu does not respond of missing deliveries. All
the prices I quoted above refers to the cheaper of the traceable

> Or interested people here could take a group order in a managed paged with
> help of a small team to make the delivery from US, at reasonnable costs. A
> local foundation could also take a volume order in advance for some region
> (EU+EFTA, Japan/Korea/Hong Kong, Russia, South Africa, India, Brasil,
> Canada); and if there remains some unsold items after some time (e.g. 6
> months), they would be donated to local public libraries or university
> library.

I doubt this would be cost effective, even relying on volunteers work.

Best would be to use Amazon logistics.  Many Lulu books are available
from Amazon, I must look into what's involved in making Lulu books
available from Amazon.

>> Note that taxes are also not included; so expect to pay also the VAT to
>> the post office or delivery service to get the product

Nowadays this is handled transparently for you by the carriers. If you
proceed in the checkout you will see your local VAT applied.

Thanks for all the replies. Pardon my rant.

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