A couple of years ago I discovered that I had two copies of a long out of
print monograph. I looked it up on a couple of book selling websites and
found that the asking price was several hundred dollars (the original price
was around $30).
I took one copy to a reputable second hand bookshop and was told that it
was worth around $25 and they had two copies in stock. They suggested that
I could list it with an online bookseller but it would be a miracle if it
sold at all, let alone for several hundred dollars. I sold it to a
colleague for $20!
The moral of the story is to check with reputable bookstores before
shelling out your hard earned money for books with inflated prices.
On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 5:59 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> 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
> Sent from my iPad
> > On 27 Jul 2015, at 3:40 pm, Carl Clifford <>
> > 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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