Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Today is the official publication date of Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (And How to Take Advantage of It). That means Amazon has it in stock, and so should most bookstores. It also means, as with most books nowadays, that someone is already selling used copies on Amazon. No mystery there: Review copies are sent out early, and (underpaid) reviewers often sell their books. The mystery is that one of the used books is selling for $39.99. The brand-new book has a list price of $26.99 and Amazon is currently selling it for $17.81. What would motivate someone to click past the Amazon price to pay more than twice that for a used book? (It's not autographed because, uh, I haven't autographed any copies yet.) I half-wondered whether some robo-resale outfit was confused by the cover, which has a fake price tag with multiple prices — but none of them is $39.99.