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For any students reading this blog:

If you're buying a big market textbook - e.g. a graduate micro theory textbook that's used all around the world - you may be able to get an 'international student edition' through amazon.co.uk or another international website.

Identical except for paper back and about half the price. Half the $US price. To say nothing of the $Cdn price.

You need to read the fine print as there may be high customs, shipping, brokerage etc charges. But it's worth looking into.

And as if it wasn't hard enough to carry on business in Canada, British Columbians just decided to make it that much harder by scrapping the HST. I guess economists just don't have the pull that David Suzuki think's they do.

Those "International Student Editions" are intended for places like India or Africa where the income of each student is (perceived) to be less. Affluent North Americans get full-price hardback editions with thicker pages.

It is the publishing world's equivalent of Region Zoning in DVD's and movies.

It's just like the thriving trade region-free DVD players in New Zealand and Australia so you can import American DVD's when they are released instead of waiting months for the Region 5 version.

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