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Wednesday April 10th 2013
|Published: Wednesday April 10th 2013 (1 year ago)|
Updated: Thursday April 11th 2013, 4:32AMMore about: Books |
by Martin Joergensen
I have been writing about expensive books before, and still maintain a list of ridiculously priced books. Now I bought one of them – at a “normal” price.
I have written about this subject before.
Fly Patterns by Randall and Mary Kaufmann. Priced at 1,003.87 UKŁ or more than 1,500 US$ or close to 1,200 Euros. Used!
The River Behind the Hill by Philip Weigall. That one is 1,170.57 UKŁ which is almost 1,800 US$ or 1,400 Euros.
In other words books priced as (cheap) used cars!
These aren't books from the 1800's craved by collectors and connoisseurs, but absolutely normal books, published within the last decade or so and at one point quite commonly available at normal prices. They are all large format and many pages, and today they are not quite as common, but I'm sure a lot of the people who read this will have one of these titles on their shelves, and my guess is that they didn't cost thousands of dollars.
I have followed this title for a while, and one day it was there at a “normal” price. I ordered and it was mine. It's still available used at prices varying from just under 100 US$ to the above mentioned 1,800 dollars. Used!
I have no idea what mechanism keeps these books at such crazy prices, but it can't be the buyer's willingness to pay that kind of money. It's also very typical that the books are priced very closely from different sellers. They obviously look at each other to set the price, and price the books very similarly. Borger's presentation is 1,269.13 UKŁ from one seller in the US and 1,269.19 UKŁ from another in Japan. Coincidence...? I think not.
I have no idea what mechanism keeps these books at such crazy prices
Well, I'm just observing and wondering and not buying – unless the price is right. My Weigall book is priced at almost 1,200 UKŁ new, so selling my brand new copy should give me a nice profit of about 1,180 UKŁ or a good 6000%. I sincerely doubt that anyone want to buy at that price, but should that be the case, I'm selling!
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