Sunday, August 28, 2011
Free Ebook Merchants of Deception
Someone showed up at my blog the other day with the search criteria “why is Merchants of Deception so expensive”.
Hunh? Free is expensive?
I wondered where this guy was looking. I’m aware that Eric Scheibeler did put his book into print and sell it for a few months. Then for reasons I’m unaware of though I suspect Scheibeler decided it was time to finally put the Amway horror behind him, he announced he was closing his website and the book would only be available for a couple more days.
I don’t recall what he was selling the print version for $15 or $20 perhaps.
I didn’t buy a copy of Merchants of Deception seeing as how I already had the free ebook version. Apparently the print version had some updated information in there.
So where is this guy looking that the book is so expensive? I checked ebay. Nope. Nothing there. I went to Amazon. Ah ha! Got it! There are 7 copies available ranging in price from $95.00 to $175.58. Yikes! What the fuck!
A couple of years ago I read an article that when Amazon only has one or two copies of a new book available and that’s it its no longer being printed there are some book buyers who keep an eye out and buy these books hoping that there will be a demand for them later on when they’re out of print. When the book is out of print and no longer available new the sellers who have used copies think they are rare collectibles and list them with outrageously high prices. Kind of like what Amway does with its products! They can ask any price they want. Doesn’t mean they’re going to get it unless there is some cult leader putting pressure on the downline to buy.
Crazy about the high prices on the used books! Especially since most books being sold on Amazon’s used book section are books published within the last 20 years and sold for $20 or less and there is really nothing special about them to command that kind of high price. The seller can always hope that someone is desperately searching for a used copy and willing to pay any price to get it. I can’t imagine paying $100 (or more!) for a paperback book especially when its available for free as an ebook.