I recently ordered some books from Amazon.
In the current situation, this should be a bad move, the NZ dollar is buying $0.64US, the amazon shipping charges are a significant component of the price, so why would I do that?
I bought 4 books that were recommended on the fourhourworkweek.com blog, from amazon, 56.73USD + $24.95 shipping. So, $132 NZD + how ever long it takes to get here.
I ordered on the 28th June, and it arrived on the 9th of July.
If I had bought those books in NZ from fishpond.co.nz (a NZ online bookshop), it would have cost:
Rules of thumb: $50.58, 6-10 days
8 weeks to optimum health $34, 3-5 weeks
Science of influence $73, 10-12 days
Vagabonding $31, 24hours
Fishpond give free shipping on orders over $50, so ignoring that, total is: 188.58. And it probably would have taken significantly longer.
So its no contest. Amazon wins, from the other side of the world, hands down. Faster, and significantly cheaper. It really is an amazing service.