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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

So, is it me, or has Lonely Planet just become a new sponsor

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

I does appear to be so...

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

I does appear to be so...

Are you a sponsor as well;)

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

It's been there for about a month and a half I think. To be correct, they aren't technically a sponsor in the same way the other two area (who pay a monthly rate). We only get paid if someone buys a LP guidebook through that link. It's partly an experiment to judge potential and partly part of another deal that we made with them (soon more details I hope).

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

It's been there for about a month and a half I think. To be correct, they aren't technically a sponsor in the same way the other two area (who pay a monthly rate). We only get paid if someone buys a LP guidebook through that link. It's partly an experiment to judge potential and partly part of another deal that we made with them (soon more details I hope).

Ok, probably was drunk all that time
I did see the new Brazil LP which I haven't seen in the shop yet, but it is always more expensive to buy online..well almost always.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Hey Utrecht; are the LP guides really usually more expensive online than in the shop? That seems quite counter intuitive to me (generally I always think everything online is -it definitely SHOULD BE- cheaper)! Just curious as to your experiences there :)

In Norway they recently wrote a newspaper article on how Amazon is now the biggest book sales outlet for Norwegians. That's interesting because there is actually no Norwegian version so it's purely the US one that Norwegians are ordering from. The main reason for a big growth this past year is of course the dollar drop which in turn more than makes up for the fact that customs here slaps on 25% on packages like that

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Hey Utrecht; are the LP guides really usually more expensive online than in the shop? That seems quite counter intuitive to me (generally I always think everything online is -it definitely SHOULD BE- cheaper)! Just curious as to your experiences there :)

Doesnt it depend on how many book u buy online?
I think the books often cost less but u have to pay for post and packaging. If u buy a lot of books it can cost around the same as buying them in a shop but if u only buy one it costs more. At least that is how it seemed to work the last time I checked it out.
What the Lonely Planet site does is give all new members a number so when they order something they get a discount in the LP online shop. That discount would probably cover the post and packaging. I dont know if one could get the discount for every order or just once.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 13, 2007, at 1:24 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Sam and Mel:
You are both right. Buying online is usually cheaper of course, I did mean the Lonely planet with 'always more expensive to buy online', not in general.
Like Mel said: the product might be cheaper, but including delivery costs it is more. I am now interested in a Brazil LP, not in any LP guide on top of that. So it works out to me more expensive.

Last year, on Saturday morning, the LP guides in the Selexyz bookshops in the Netherlands were discounted 25%, so for a bit more than €20 I could buy them. Unfortunately this is not the case anymore. But sometimes there are discounts on LP still, and I always get so many vouchers throughout the year for books, that I can not find any reason to buy my LP guides online.

Apart from that, I don't buy that much online, because basically I don't need too much stuff...;)

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Interesting stuff. Personally I think LP should do more free delivery from their online sales outlet.... you'd think they save enough by having an online system that they can afford it. Especially when the margins are like 90% You never know, now that they've been bought by BBC it might happen!

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Utrecht: for buying Lonely Planet books in the Netherlands, nothing beats the Joho company. (Located in Leiden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen.) They're a non-profit, and stock every single Lonely Planet currently published (at least the one in Leiden does; not entirely certain if the others do, too). Their regular prices are cheaper than anywhere else I've seen (including the American Book Center with the membership discount; which by itself is already a lot cheaper than regular bookstores), and then Joho has their own membership which gives you an additional 15% discount. As such I can't even remember when I last paid more than €20 for a LP (though admittedly, I mostly have thin ones).
Very highly recommended.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 13, 2007, at 9:39 AM by Sander ]