December 9th: I placed an order for A Passion for Snowdrops with Summerfield Books (in the UK)
December 10th: Summerfield Books acknowledged receipt of my order.
December 10th: Summerfield Books had finished processing my order and had dispatched it with Royal Mail. £14.95 for the book; £4.60 for postage – a total of £19.55.
December 28th: An email from An Post (the Irish Postal Service) told me that the package had been valued at €23.25 and that a VAT (Value Added Tax) of €5.34 was being applied along with a fee of €3.50 to An Post for handling this VAT charge, a total of €8.84.
January 17th: The book arrived! Total cost: €32.09.