Just a kink in the free market?
Amazon.uk said it had indeed sent the book. The Royal Mail tracing
service seemed to confirm that fact. Yet on the Chinese end, nothing
got here. Hmmm again. But this is not so unusual with mail in and out
of China. Things just get lost
Amazon.uk issued a full refund. Gracious of them. And I thought, I'll get this the next time I travel to the outside world.
So I went to America that autumn -- and still didn't find the book in any US stores or sites. Had no trips planned to England, so didn't try to pick it up there. For family reasons, kept going back to the US every few weeks. Kept checking. Never saw it.
Today I thought: let's find this book! And now I see it in stock on the Amazon.uk site for 42 pounds (ok, 41.99) and two copies on the main US Amazon site for either $75 or $247.87. What the hell???