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Joe Joseph, our sage for the 21st century, solves readers' ethical dilemmas in this, the first of his regular columns

By Joe Joseph   January 2011

My husband’s book-buying habits are mean

My husband, when making his annual book purchases as Christmas presents, browses the latest titles in our local bookshop, taps the staff for advice—and then comes home and buys them online at fat discounts. I find his behaviour mean. But is it also unethical?

Books have become like plane tickets: no two people pay the same price anymore. The odds of two people sitting in neighbouring aeroplane seats having paid the same price for their ticket are even longer than the odds of Sarah Palin remembering that it’s Kim Cattrall who acts in Sex…

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