3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

September 20, 2000 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the EXTRA issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on September 20, 2000.

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FYI France EXTRA: "Amazon.fr" is open for business


The Amazing Online Store now -- as of only a very few days ago -- can sell you an enormous assortment of books and other things, all at the click of your mouse, from France:


The "other things" currently include "musique", "vidéo", and "dvd" -- la plus grande librairie en ligne de titres francophones disponibles dans le monde, et la plus grande librairie en langue anglaise de France , l'offre en ligne de disques français et étrangers la plus complète en France , l'ensemble des références DVD et vidéo en ligne disponible en France, et des nouveautés en avant - première -- no sign of "tools & hardware", "lawn & patio", "toys & games" or used cars, yet, but I suppose they're working on these...

On my own initial order for books -- everything in print ever written by Jacques Le Goff -- "Amazon.fr" is giving me 5% price discounts on all items, and is charging me 23% freight to San Francisco, with no VAT. Now it just remains to be seen whether they ship it all on schedule and pack it neatly, as Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk do, for me to become a happy Amazon.fr customer.

That 5% book price discount I believe is the maximum allowed by the "loi Lang", the French uniform pricing policy for books -- someone please correct me if I'm wrong -- protectionism / cultural property protection, depending on your point of view.

Amazon.fr gets that "23% freight" figure on my particular book order by charging Ff. 60 per order plus Ff. 9 per item, so this % total will vary but still seems reasonable, particularly considering the delivery time promised. To the US and Canada, "standard" delivery is promised within 10-12 days for the above price, and they offer "Express" 1-5 day delivery for Ff. 110 per order plus the same Ff. 9 per item. Similar "livraison" tariffs are offered for other destinations:


One very helpful feature of the new "Amazon.fr" is your ability to carry over all of the detail from accounts which you already maintain on other "Amazons", simply by pressing a button: no need to go through any arduous "account setup" process -- just logging in using your existing Amazon account identification and password brings over all of your addresses, payment information -- even selection preferences, I think (maybe not these?).

"Amazon.fr" also offers all of the general Amazon conveniences: the familiar screens, "One - Click" ordering, both trade and reader reviews. I don't see an "Amazon Associates" button -- the incentive program which pays you for referrals from Amazon links installed on a website -- but I haven't looked thoroughly yet. "Amazon.fr" has a "1er Achat Facile" button on the home page guiding a new user through the ordering process, step by step.


I never thought they'd get it done. I remember bugging Amazon about French books back when they still were trying to get all of their Danielle Steele copies in English into stock in Seattle -- the unfailingly patient and polite and evasive replies were maddening. The French press has been more forthcoming -- surprise -- gloom and doom, dire predictions of the "globalization" demise of all French book retailing, wild rumors -- a couple of guys even did a piece on how they bulled their way into Amazon.fr "Paris headquarters", past all the "Silicon Valley security" which they said was so very "un - French"...

Well, anyway, Amazon.fr is with us, now, and with more than just Danielle Steele -- Jacques Le Goff, too, in some very nice paper editions. I see Broché, Poche, Relié, and a large assortment of English language editions -- all this will expand, I imagine / expect -- no official word from Amazon on this, yet, but understandably they play things pretty close on future plans. Already very convenient. So, move over, La FNAC.




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