Celebrate World Book Day with MPH

April 23rd 2008 is World Book Day. And to commemorate this, MPH (both the online store and the brick & mortar store) is having a sale. In fact, the sale has been going on since April 15 and will end May 4 2008. Book lovers can enjoy a discount of 10% on selected book titles, whereas MPH Members will get them at 20% off. At the time of writing, the mphonline.com store has a total of 336 titles of books to choose from!

This year, I have decided to spend more wisely and more vigilantly on books, simply because I have realized that I didn’t fully utilize my book relief allocation to offset my taxable income last year. Buying books to satisfy the reader in me is definitely way better than paying taxes, and if I can reduce the tax I pay by doing so, however little that may be, it sure seems like a good idea to get those books!

By the way, mphonline.com has revised its free shipping policy. The last time I shopped there, I got free shipping on a minimum purchase of RM80, but the minimum purchase for free shipping is now RM100. Still all right, I suppose, because the books are delivered right to your door step.

Oh yeah, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the exclusive 30% off Click n Save section for selected titles.

MPHOnline DVD Bonanza

MPHOnline is currently having a DVD Bonanza, where more than 50 live concerts and performances captured on DVD are going for unbelieavably low prices.

The collection is rather impressive I would say. I was pleased to note that they have got DVDs from Andrea Bocelli (Under the Desert Sky), Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses and even Engelbert Humperdinck. Definitely worthwhile entertainment at an affordable price.

Remember to check out their exclusive online deals on books too. I have shortlisted Cecilia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You, which is now going for an unbelievable 30% discount. Don’t forget, online purchases of RM80 and above entitle you to free shipping.

The books have arrived!

 

My order from mphonline arrived today, 7 days after my order was placed!   Although I was only fairly impressed with my online shopping experience there, the package arrived in good condition.  In fact, I was more than happy that they had taken the trouble to put the books in bubble wrap. The books I had ordered were all paperbacks and the bubble wrap certainly kept them in perfect condition, as if they just flew off the shelf into my arms.

There were also surprises in store for me inside the package, for they also presented me with a RM5 cash voucher to be used against future book purchases.  It was not stated if I could use it for online purchases though, but I doubt it.  I also got a 2008 calendar bookmark, presumably to be used when I read the books.  Duh.  And of course, a receipt was included – I stored that away in my book receipt box to be used for income tax relief purposes.

All in all, I am very satisfied with the condition of the books I have purchased.  Great value for money and I will certainly frequent the mphonline site for future book bargains.

Book-shopping at mphonline

Who would have thought we could actually shop for books without even having to physically step into a bookstore? Sometimes it could be rather overwhelming to hunt for that particular book in a gigantic bookstore when you are hard-pressed for time.

So I was rather grateful that I discovered MPH has an online store, aptly named mphonline.com. I was even more thankful when I realized that their online store carried the book that I wanted, Making Chatter Matter, whereas the physical MPH bookstore had already recalled that book. I wanted the English version of this book by Jennifer Eileen Peters but each time I visited either MPH or Borders, all they had was the Malay (translated) version.

I decided to place my order for this book at mphonline yesterday, and at the same time, topped up my order with two other books, just so my total purchase was at least RM80, making it eligible for free shipping. After browsing through the mphonline site, I settled on one of their best sellers, Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella (which is eerily an appropriate title for someone in my position, plus it came highly recommended by Rinnah) and Mercy by Jodi Picoult (Ehon loves Picoult’s books, so I was curious to read one of her books to find out what the fuss was all about). Both Kinsella’s and Picoult’s novels which I had picked out were part of the ongoing mphonline monthly promotion where they were priced at a whopping 30% off from the original price!

Eagerly I added those three books to my shopping cart, typed in my shipping details and hit the Submit button. I waited 10 seconds… nothing happened. I waited some more, nothing happened. So I refreshed the page and tried again. Same thing. I then reopened the site in Internet Explorer and tried submitting my online purchase yet again. This time, it went through successfully! I have no idea why the MPH site doesn’t allow purchases on Mozilla Firefox though.

Anyhow, after my order was submitted, I was informed that I could check the status of the order online. Being a frequent online purchaser, I had also expected an email to confirm my order, but I didn’t receive any up till now. I just logged into my MPH online account and checked that my order delivery status is still Pending. Well, they did state that it would take 1-2 weeks to deliver. So I guess I’ll wait and see.

My overall experience with MPH was a rather pleasant one. I was able to browse through the entire bookstore very easily. I loved the fact that there were special discounts offered for online purchases, but the online purchasing system could be further improved, i.e. an email could be sent out to the purchases upon a successful purchase. Also, I wasted some time with the purchase because the system did not work on my Firefox browser. It could be just me, though, but if someone has succeeded in ordering using Firefox, do let me know.

Would I order again from MPH? I would say yes, provided my initial order comes in one piece and on time. I’ll provide an update when I receive my books in due course. Other than that, mphonline does indeed live up to its tagline: “Where the bookstore comes to you“.

Payment methods: Credit cards, Maybank2u.com internet banking & cash/cheque bank-in
Delivery: Free within West Malaysia, with purchases of RM80 and above. Other delivery rates here.
Ships internationally?: Yes
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