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Cheap at Half the Price:

I'm pleased to report that one of amazon's third-party sellers offers a used first edition (not the current edition, which is the second) of my Academic Legal Writing for the low, low price of $56.05. Now that's what an author, who gets royalties from new book sales but not used book sales, likes to see.

Guest Again:
I'm impressed at the price I got my autographed "better late than never" copy at.
9.1.2005 6:50pm
billb:
Says $15 now
9.1.2005 7:02pm
Sanjay Krishnaswamy (mail):
Once I saw an interesting book in a used book shop near Harvard --- one full of cheap books where basically all the humaities/lit people used to go all the time. Anyway: there was a handwritten note inside the front cover. It had been given, by the author, with great gratitude to his thesis advisor, a (still-serving) Harvard professor.

One has to admire the cruel and excellent diss.
9.1.2005 7:06pm
Gordon (mail):
As they say in real estate, the key is not the asking price, but the selling price ...

I haven't read your book , but I'm sure its a good one. I"m also sure I wouldn't pay $56 for it.
9.1.2005 7:16pm
Matt (mail) (www):
That's probably the price the seller set back in the spring, but forgot to change.

Back then, supply was short but the write-on competition was around the corner. 1L anxiety is apparently a powerful market force.
9.1.2005 8:12pm
Michelle Dulak Thomson (mail):
I happened this morning to look up the website of an antiquarian music and music-books seller I'd once or twice bought things from, and was amused to see a facsimile edition of the autograph scores of two Gustav Holst chamber operas listed at $100. There have been a number of copies of this publication sitting in the North Berkeley Half Price Books (= "Remainders R Us") for something like a decade, priced at $20 or so, and I don't think they've sold one yet. Moral: pricing of used books is unbelievably haphazard, unless they are quite rare, and sometimes even then.
9.1.2005 9:41pm
K1avg (mail) (www):
I was helping some teachers at my old high school clean out a small office before school started, and grabbed a book that looked interesting (they would've pitched them otherwise).

Turned out it was selling for something like $70 bucks on half.com.

Now that's return on investment!
9.2.2005 12:24am
Richard Bellamy (mail):
I have actually wondered about the economy of used media that you can get on, say, Amazon:

Assume my daughter's birthday is coming up, and I want to buy her Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 7. I can buy it "new" for 38.99, and get "free supersaver shipping", or I can buy is "used" for $32.95, plus shipping and handling ($2.95) for a total of $35.44.

Isn't the discount for "used" stuff usually more than 10%? For me, it's almost never worth it to buy used, because that 10% discount is not anywhere near worth the potential problems of non-delivery, bad quality, or other problems.

I can usually find used CDs or used books at half off or more, but with DVDs, it's only a couple of bucks.
9.2.2005 11:05am