Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Book Sellers

On Amazon, Hugh Lloyd-Jones' edition of Sophocles' fragments in the Loeb series is available new for $21.50. If you look at the independent book sellers selling the same title on Amazon, you will find them charging up to $43.26 for the same book. What kind of book buyer would pay twice the list price? What kind of book seller would charge twice the list price?

It reminds me of a true story. A gentleman was shopping for a car and found one he liked. The dealer quoted a price of $11,800. The shopper said, "Oh, let's round it to an even $12,000."

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