7.5.08

Imponderables

I've been working on purchasing/pricing out-of-print items to replace those lost in the fire. I can understand an art book selling for $256.70. But there are other books, more "popular" ones, that sell on Amazon for $.17 - that's seventeen cents. No typo. Some sell for even less. WTF???? Is it even worth the time to enter the book for sale? Just give it away!

2 comments:

Sherri said...

I'd have to ask my friend in the business for the real reason, but I suspect those super cheapies (usually listed by stores/retail sellers) are just a way to clear stock on the books -- PLUS there is usually a minimum shipping which is pricier than the actual cost to ship, where they make up a little more money.

Also, those cheap books do work a spell. I've hunted for particular sellers when buying multiple books just because one book I wanted was so cheap, to combine on the shipping.

mark zip said...

On the Amazon Music Seller side we see CDs for $.01 all the time. These are probably the result of database integration systems which look at the lowest price and then price their item one penny lower. Make money on the shipping and hope for volume...