Well, I suppose it was inevitable, but Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion on books selling for a list price of $9.99 and under has disappeared. And I do mean completely. I couldn’t even find their Bargain Books listing! It’s where I went for many of my trade paperbacks that didn’t qualify for the 4-for-3. That heading is buried in Books , and once found, try clicking on many books are there are NO BARGAINS! The is list price and no promotions or discounts. I tried several genres, to be released and older titles, all to no avail. When I placed an order yesterday, it went from 4 books to 2. It will certainly cut WAY back on my willingness to try new authors or continue reading any series that’s less than a big favorite.
I did send an email to Amazon on the subject. I’ll let you know what I hear back.
By the way, trying to find Amazon’s communities is nearly impossible these days, unless it’s for specific book genres. I guess it’s time to reconsider Amazon as the primary bookseller. I’ll be paying sales tax, I’ve lost 4-for-3, and new releases arrive FedEx Smartpost, rather than at door UPS delivery, which means I have to walk out to my mailbox and carry back big stacks of boxes – always fun in rain and snow. All the reasons they were my preferred seller are rapidly going away. Now, except for the Kindle books done in Create Space, they’re just another option.
UPDATE FEB. 8, 2013
From Amazon in response to my question about discontinuing the 4-for-3 promotion
I understand you’d want to know what happened to the 4 for 3 promotion.
To make things right for you, I’d like to inform you that the 4-for-3 Books promotion is no longer available on the website, however, I’ll be sure to pass your message on to the appropriate people in our company.
If you’d like to know more about other promotional offers on our website, please visit our Help pages:
You may also be interested in our Bargain Books page where you can find newly discounted books and other bargains:
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Thank you for your inquiry. Did I solve your problem?
I responded to both to Customer Service and in an email to Jeff Bezos – or whatever flunky responds to his account. Here is my reply to him:
Independent booksellers rejoice! Looks like you can now go toe to toe with Amazon on pricing. Walmart shoppers will dance in the aisles as they get their 20% discount. Not the biggest selection, but it’s beating Amazon by a mile. So Goliath is stumbling and other sellers will find themselves in a far more level playing field.