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“The Great South African Ripoff”

We always tend to complain about things especially in our own backyard – but this time I think this warrants serious complaint.

For too long now South African’s have been subjected to inflated broadband prices with no justification and the result is slower growth, not only from an Internet perspective but also from an economic perspective.

But I don’t want to focus on broadband prices in this post – my gripe this time are the inflated prices we pay for simpler things like books.

The other day I was looking for a marketing book, obviously being committed to the local industry I had a look on Kalahari.net for the book in question.

When I found the book I was startled by the price – R2,800 for a book???

Now I understand that this book is a university prescribed book – so I reckoned let me compare apples with apples.

A quick browse through to Amazon.com revealed a price of R1,350. Not only that but once I added in shipping via priority courier the price came to just shy of R1,800.

So R1,000 difference even once you factor in courier shipping charges. That is absurd and as South African’s we just come to accept inflated prices from broadband to cars to books – what do you think?

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