Complaints are circulating that LexisNexis is jacking up shipping charges again, at least for some titles. Check your invoices against last year’s payments by title. I recall the shipping charge for one standalone annual title was about $10 7-8 years ago, then mid-$20s and now over $40. Nothing about the physical book during this time span justifies an increased cost of almost 400%.
The company’s shipping charge increases have less to do with rising internal shipping costs and more to do with squeezing a little more profit from the print catalog. Perhaps AALL’s Price Index committee should monitor LexisNexis’ shipping price inflation.
The Price Index’s methodology does not incorporate shipping charges when shipping is itemized. For calculating price inflation by publisher, this methodological flaw places Thomson Reuters at a disadvantage because TR does not charge for shipping as a separate charge item. Remember shipping is “free” from Thomson Reuters. (wink, wink) — Joe