book shopping

online  /   /  By Nafisa Akabor

I recently came across the Wikipedia entry of Ayrton Senna, the deceased Brazilian F1 driver. While I’m no F1 fan, I found what I read to be very interesting, yet very sad. I’ve never really been “touched” / fascinated by a person who I barely knew existed until recently, to the extent that I started searching for a book on his life story.

This blog post is not about the driver, but a comparison of what I found online. I just thought I’d share this info. The book isn’t available locally – well not physically at CNA or Exclusive Books but I found it on


as well as Exclusive Books online:


I called Exclusive Books and they told me it will take 6 – 8 weeks, yet their site says 10-15 working days but that’s not the point. Take a look at the pricing! Where is the consistency? Why are we being ripped off? Okay, that’s a stupid question.

I’m glad is having a sale and I hope the book arrives by next week Friday.

Moral of the story, shop around. Don’t let yourself get ripped off.

PS Can you tell that I have too much free time on my hands lately?

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  1. Nicola 05/08/2009 at 14:26 Reply
  2. Nafisa 05/08/2009 at 14:41 Reply

    Great, it’s always cheaper where you didn’t check! Thanks for that Nicola. I will remember to search them next time.

  3. Saajida 06/08/2009 at 08:22 Reply

    I had the same problem with Harry Potter!! out of all places, Pick ‘n Pay had it the cheapest!

  4. Azra 06/08/2009 at 08:49 Reply

    I think the problem is much bigger than you can even imagine. We’re being ripped off left right and centre on a whole bunch of stuff. In London, things are so cheap…and even if they aren’t THAT cheap, everything is more or less the same prices they were 5 years ago. When I went to buy Nutella here for our pancakes, I had to dig out R42.00…In London its GBP1.80…if you do the conversions, thats still like R25.00! Now why do we have to pay 42?

    Its a stupid example but from what I’ve seen, we’re being ripped off on almost EVERYTHING in this country. Its disgusting.

  5. fatima 06/08/2009 at 10:53 Reply

    I agree with you. TOTALLY, had the same conversation with someone the other day. Saw this Islamic novel at CII for R160 and that was on sale. Go to loot its R92! I mean the whole point is to get people reading but books are too expensive for most people to bother. Loot is always much cheaper than anywhere else. I love them and if your order is over R200 delivery charge is free 🙂

  6. KiLLa 06/08/2009 at 11:09 Reply

    You more bored than me.. LoL
    But check the pics of Senna on each of the books..
    Kalahari one looks like a sequel and EB one the Part 1
    He is still putting on the face gear in one and on the other its already on.. 😀

    On a serious note, R100 is alot in price diff.. And 6-8 weeks to deliver a book is ludacris.. You sure u asked EB and not Telkom for service delivery time 😛

    Which reminds me, I still have EB vouchers at my disposal.. Its like giving a newborn diamonds..

    Senna was a legend.. Do u remember his era, with Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and co. I watched the race where his tragic accident occured. Sad day.. Almost as bad a day when Michael Owen signed for the MANCS..

  7. KiLLa 06/08/2009 at 11:10 Reply

    And my reason for not reading books is as Fati said
    “Books are too expensive”


  8. Nafisa 06/08/2009 at 11:29 Reply

    Saajida – Pick ‘n Pay? I thought they sold books that can’t get sold in book shops.

    Azra – tell me about it! Except, pizzas in the UK are BLOODY expensive. £10 for a small margharita? This was back when the it was R11 to the pound. I bet things in Azrania is way better 😉

    fatima – those price differences are not justifyable. Hmm, will be making use of Loot now. I feel ripped off using for the last few years. I don’t understand – you have to spend R375 to qualify for free delivery with them.

    Killa – I said I’m not a F1 fan, so no, don’t know who you’re talking about 😛 I gathered that Alan Prost and Senna were huge rivals. Lucky I’m not that into sport. BUT I have to say, Beckham should not kiss ass – he should just retire already.
    Eish, that memon attitude is shining bright 😛

  9. KiLLa 06/08/2009 at 11:35 Reply

    Sorry i didnt read the bit bout where u dont like F1..
    I just saw the pics and thought it was one of those SPOT THE DIFFERENCE games..

    Memon attitude is selective.. If a game cost like R799.. Id buy it 😛

  10. Waseem 06/08/2009 at 16:09 Reply

    The Harry Potter thing was such a scam, I preordered my book from CNA, thinking I’ll be first in line to get my book and it was worth it.

    Checkers and Pick and Pay sold at about 1, for about R50 cheaper.

    I rather read e-books, they are more convenient to me, the only real hassle is finding them.

  11. mash 07/08/2009 at 05:21 Reply

    I just stick to Amazon and I generally don’t buy anything unless it’s on Sale. gets some business from me too.

  12. Azra 07/08/2009 at 10:30 Reply

    Mash – doesnt service anyone who doesnt have a UK address and a UK credit card. Books and stuff is waay cheaper in the UK too in comparison to SA. Like I said, we’re being ripped off left right and centre on almost everything.

  13. Mariam 07/08/2009 at 16:32 Reply

    EB is ridiculously overpriced. I wanted a book last week and EB dot com had it for about R350-something. When I called the store, they didn’t have stock but the lady said she could order it for me but it’ll cost me more than R400! Said it was cheaper to order online. Got it at Kalahari for R220. I should have checked Loot though.

    Let me know if it’s worth reading (I’m sure it would be) and then you can lend it to me when you’re done.

    Saaj – I think the only Pick ‘n Pay in the country where Harry Potter wasn’t sold out was in Vryheid! They had LOADS of copies so neatly arranged for months. It was hilarious.

  14. Saajida 11/08/2009 at 13:54 Reply

    Oh Mariam, its Vryheid…who willingly lives there unless they’re forced to?? 😉

  15. The Organ Harvester 12/08/2009 at 10:07 Reply

    I always find loot to be much cheaper than Kalahari, the problem is availability. With my own book I found massive pricing differences. Books are so expensive in SA and they charge VAT. So much for spreading literacy.

  16. Nafisa 12/08/2009 at 16:47 Reply

    Mariam – OMG, have you seen your book on It’s R246!!!

    Kalahari has it on sale for R72.96

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