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As a local bookseller who pays a lot of tax on my modest sales - I can't for the life of me see why Amazon need handouts from Holyrood
 
SNP  government  is diabolical in the extreme
 
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You don't seem to like Scotland or the way Scotland is governed much--there is a whole world out there where you might find a place and people you don't hold in contempt and don't have to be constantly greeting about.

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Its not uncommon for HUGE multi national companies to get incentives etc to bring their businesses to a location. Inverness Medical get cut a lot of slack to be in Inverness.

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1 hour ago, dougiedanger said:

You don't seem to like Scotland or the way Scotland is governed much--there is a whole world out there where you might find a place and people you don't hold in contempt and don't have to be constantly greeting about.

Interesting response from someone who has complete contempt for the current state of affairs and constantly greets about it but has no intention of moving somewhere more suitable elsewhere in the world. If it's ok for you to stay and try to change the things you don't like then why not Laurence? Nationalist hypocrisy at its finest.

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28 minutes ago, SMEE said:

Its not uncommon for HUGE multi national companies to get incentives etc to bring their businesses to a location. Inverness Medical get cut a lot of slack to be in Inverness.

I'm all in favour of using public money to lure multinationals who would otherwise not be located here, but in the case of Amazon, they need a regional distribution centre in Scotland and will be here with or without subsidies. Laurence's points are not always valid, but if I was an independent bookseller I too would be fuming that a mega rich business that already has so many competitive advantages was being given taxpayers money too that isn't available to me.

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27 minutes ago, Yngwie said:

Interesting response from someone who has complete contempt for the current state of affairs and constantly greets about it but has no intention of moving somewhere more suitable elsewhere in the world. If it's ok for you to stay and try to change the things you don't like then why not Laurence? Nationalist hypocrisy at its finest.

You can join yer mate Laurence:smile:

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Presumably booksellers in England, Wales and northern Ireland have no problem with paying a subsidy.

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Don't talk out loud about Amazon and the way they treat their customers which is arrogant and  shameful.

For example:

A. They won't send you your earned royalties in North America unless royalties amount to a minimum of $100.  What if you had decided to re-invest such monies in advertising to increase sales, thus increasing future royalties.

B. They refuse to allow any author who has printed with their subsidiary, Create Space , to find outlets in the U K to sell their books for that author. They want complete control of distribution everywhere or so it seems .    My friend in the S.W. of England took our book, Destinies in Motion, into two retail outlets of the largest retail bookseller in the country to be subsequently told by one Manager  that "This is the best book I have read in a long time". The other outlet manager also expressed  considerable interest and praise for our adventure. So I obtained the  telephone number and email address of the purchasing manager in their head Office in London from one of these gentlemen and contacted him.  He replied....." We are unable to sell your book in Greats Britain because we do not have, or can't find, a supplier from whom to purchase it in the UK"--meaning Amazon has closed the door to any handler other than those who had been  hand picked by them and, thus,under their control and jurisdiction.  So, then, two years ago,  I contacted Create Space's  top man in  Canada  to ask him to look into this and find a way to assist us to sell the book.. He reluctantly said he would -- and I am still waiting for a reply. I also contacted another female top manager with whom I had dealt in the past and she also did not reply although she had not been slow to send sugar-coated  emails to us reminding us how  easy it was for her to assist us to give them more business. etc.

c.  We had then  approached their head office in Seattle,Washington State in the north East of the U.S.-- just down the road from us here in B/C.-- and requested a reduction in the advertised price of our book on their site and elsewhere to spur sales. They replied to the effect that since we had opted for the service of selling it in certain overseas countries they would not allow this. Why?--well one can only speculate that it's all about their bottom line but not about helping their clients. And that in the face of the poor workmanship displayed in their printing of the book that gave us nightmares and hours and hours of work to get them to correct. Example :- One illustration was planted in the book 60 pages away from the text referring to the incident depicted in the picture, not to mention a couple of others in similar vein. 

Or those of you who yearn to be an author(ess)  be assured that it is a very heavy load of work and you will not be dealing with empathetic publishers. And when you think it is all over bar the shouting and you submit it to them for printing they say "Oh , well, all you have to do now is format it!

WHAT? Format it ? What do you mean? It's completed, spell checked to death, I spent `300 hours editing it  to death  and blah, blah.. "Oh no,  we mean check every single line in the book to make sure that all the paragraphs are properly aligned with "hard returns" as per our requirements for printing." Holy smokelinos, Geronimo, pass the smelling salts........

Oh, by the way, Laurence, when I sent you  a letter a year or so ago about the possibility of selling it in your store why did you not reply or acknowledge it?

 

 

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To Scarlet

Very sorry if I annoyed you about your book

I can't really remember your proposal

I am a second hand book seller , The older the better, I specialise in old  Scottish books , I really wouldn't know where to start with newly published items.

The best of luck with your book ,

I lost my account with Amazon co uk when my account was hacked costing me a thousand pounds a month, because Amazon will not re-instate me.. I was the victim but Amazon will not listen although I have a police Scotland report saying it was not my fault.

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