More Amazon — not out of stock, four smokin’ books

Amazon Japan has flagged my books as ‘temporarily out of stock’. This is very unhelpful and very misleading.

This applies to Weed, King of the Undies World, The Underpants Tree and Un-Tall Tales.

All the books are in fact very much available through Amazon Japan — however, they are dispatched from the printer when someone makes an order specifically so that retailers don’t have to stack their shelves with bushels of Weed and underpants to meet demand. A very literal-minded Amazonian computer somewhere has decided that this means there is no book available.

Duh!

It seems that the ‘out of stock’ label is putting Japan-based people off buying the books, which is very bothersome for me and completely self-defeating for Amazon.

No, really, you can order any of these books. They won’t arrive the next day because they have to be shipped from the US or the UK, but are available.

On top of this, Amazon Japan have declined to fix the price, which is still set too high.
The printer/distributor has listed the price as I set it, and when I contacted them, they referred me to Amazon Japan. I contacted Amazon Japan who disputed the price was wrong and referred me back to the printer.

We don’t seem to be making a lot of progress.

I am ordering a pile of copies of The Underpants Tree to sell without the intervention of Amazon at a more humane price. It will take some time to get this sorted.

The Kindle version is of course available to Japan readers, he said hintingly.

Meanwhile, the ‘Amazon are lying bastards’ post I put up here last week mysteriously failed to appear on my blog feed on my Amazon author page.

Funny that.

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About chrispagefiction

Author of the novels Sanctioned, Weed, King of the Undies World, and The Underpants Tree; also the story collection Un-Tall Tales; editor, freelance writer and all that stuff. At heart he is a London person, but the rest of his body is a long-term exile in Osaka, Japan.
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