What gives with Amazon’s used stuff?

I’ve often wondered how used copies of books come out so early after release, and why they are so damned expensive. Now, I can wonder that about LOSING TOUCH, too:

Losing Touch used

Sells new from Amazon.com for $13.19, second hand sellers have new for $12.23, and USED for $40.85? WTF? Who is buying copies of my novel and then turning around and selling them at such a ridiculous markup?

Paying a $30 premium for a book that’s used? Hey, come to my house–I can sell you a bunch! I’ll crack the spines and everything, if that’s how you like it, you dirty thing, you…

I’m sure these retailers don’t actually have them in stock at all, but the question then becomes, who would they be selling them to at that price? Amazon shoppers would surely see the $13.19 price for a new copy and go that route, am I right? Who wouldn’t?

Is there something I’m not understanding here about the business model?

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4 Responses to “What gives with Amazon’s used stuff?”

  1. Some sellers use software to automatically modify the price of a book based on what other sellers are asking for it. If they haven’t set a cap it will keep adjusting it higher and higher. There was a book about a year ago that reached several thousand dollars because the seller wasn’t paying attention to what the software was doing. Open the pod bay door Hal.

  2. I know what you mean. My novella, HOME ( out of print temporarily) was listed by a seller for $1800.00! I nearly dropped my teeth.

  3. I know what you mean. My novella, HOME (temporarily out of print) was once listed for $1800.00! I almost dropped my teeth!

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