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to think this is a scam?

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Saker Thu 09-Nov-17 20:42:34

I ordered Pride and Prejudice from Amazon for Ds1 to read. I didn't look too hard, just ordered the first paperback copy that was delivered by Prime. When it came today, it is an A4 size book, with Jane Austen written on the front spelt like "Jane Austin". It is really poorly laid out with chapter headings at the bottom of pages etc. It says printed in GB by Amazon on the back, but when I looked at the publisher on the Amazon site it actually says CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Oct. 2017), which is a self-publishing website. It's now disappeared from Amazon. Is someone just turning these out themselves and selling them and am I incredibly naïve not to have realised this? I got a refund from Amazon and don't need to return the book, but I feel really annoyed that I have been tricked on a reputable site like Amazon. It wasn't even through a third party seller.

Aeroflotgirl Thu 09-Nov-17 20:46:04

Contact Amazon and request a refund. Or contact the seller.

Glumglowworm Thu 09-Nov-17 20:46:18

It's such a weird thing to scam though! P&P is a widely available, cheap book, I just can't imagine why someone would make fake copies, its bizarre

But good that you got a refund, it's weird and dodgy

MissConductUS Thu 09-Nov-17 20:48:56

Amazon will delist the seller and not let them back on now that they've had complaints. They are very strict in situations like this and their agreement with the sellers lets amazon bin them at will.

nocake Thu 09-Nov-17 20:49:38

Jane Austen is out of copyright so anyone can print copies and sell them, although I can't see why you'd bother as it isn't going to make you rich.

Saker Thu 09-Nov-17 20:50:33

The thing is it appeared to come from Amazon - "dispatched from and sold by Amazon".

MissConductUS Thu 09-Nov-17 20:52:06

I just can't imagine why someone would make fake copies, its bizarre

Books like P&P are in the public domain, so there are no royalties to pay. They can be printed in China a thousand at a time for almost nothing if you don't mind a shoddy job of it, then sold for a couple of quid on line for a profit.

Saker Thu 09-Nov-17 20:52:13

It's true, it's not exactly the most lucrative money making scheme grin. I can't even donate it to the library with the wrong spelling on the front!

Matilda1981 Thu 09-Nov-17 20:54:24

It's fairly easy to buy counterfeit goods through amazon and believe they are from amazon due to the way that they allow sellers through 'amazon marketplace'. I work for a company that manufacture high quality products which were being copied by a company in Bulgaria - they were sold through amazon marketplace and the packaging etc was also amazon packaging. They don't vet their market place vendors! Fake Britain are going to do a program on this as people aren't aware that this can happen if buying through a reputable company like amazon!

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