mattwnz: Exactly, Although to can cost $6-10 to have the books shipped within NZ, so not bad in comparison . I wonder why NZers pay so much for shipping in NZ, and shipping from NZ to other countries, when the cost should be the same as in the other direction. Who is paying NZ posties to hand deliver a 50 cent item shipped for free from hong kong?
Taxpayers are. Under the Postal Treaties, postal services only charge a single token volumetric amount for all mail, and do not charge per item. Essentially that item is delivered at a massive loss, because the treaties were negotiated in a time where it was unthinkable that a government would subsidise the outbound mail for an entire country in order to increase their trade output at the expense of the other postal operators.