Re: [Birding-Aus] Birds of Australia’s Top End

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Birds of Australia’s Top End
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:59:32 +0000
It was also suggested in the article I liked to, that the price goes up if 
there are a lot of page views for the book, so it's not just about demand, it's 
also about possible demand.

Peter Shute

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> On 27 Jul 2015, at 3:40 pm, Carl Clifford <> wrote:
> Out of curiosity, I just looked up Birds of Wallacea on Amazon. They want USD 
> 899.97 for it. Needless to say, my copy is going to chained and padlocked to 
> my bookcase. I believe that the prices for books of this type on Amazon are 
> priced on the basis of the laws of supply and demand, and the philosophy of 
> "there is a sucker born every minute".
> Carl Clifford
>> On 27 Jul 2015, at 1:20 pm,  wrote:
>> This appears to be a not irregular scam with 'out of print' books.
>> I found a copy of the out of print 'Albatrosses and Petrels Across the
>> World'  a couple of years back on ebay, sold from the US. IIRC there
>> was a $500 'Buy it now' option but they would only sell to the US so I
>> needed to set up a proxy mailbox.
>> While I was doing that it sold.
>> And was immediately relisted for $2500 by the new 'owner'.
>> I emailed the new seller and wished them luck selling an obscure
>> ornithological text book at about 10 times the original RRP.
>> A few days later they had obviously reneged on the deal and it was
>> back for sale at $500 through the original seller.  I'd sorted out my
>> proxy mailbox by then so it now sits in my bookcase :)
>> mjh
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