At the Tehran Book Fair it wasn’t Amazon that was advertising but a local firm offering the latest English-language best-sellers.
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TEHRAN: For book lovers at a recent exhibition in Tehran the "Buy Direct From Amazon" poster summed up their plight: if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.Iranian consumers, unlike millions who use the U.S. online retail giant's global websites every day, cannot click and buy. The removal of sanctions under Iran's nuclear deal with the West is bad news for them, but they've long had it good.At the Tehran Book Fair it wasn't Amazon that was advertising but a local firm offering the latest English-language best-sellers – bought and sold on at around three times the original online price.In contrast, as sanctions stacked up on Rouhani's predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran relied more and more on what was dubbed the "revolutionary economy," of domestic production.When banking curbs are removed under the nuclear deal, Iranian firms – many of which have money frozen in foreign accounts – stand not only to get it back but also to benefit from easier transactions.
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