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Weirdness in Used RASC 2013 Observer's Handbooks

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#1 Alan French

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:24 PM

Hold tight to your copy!

Look at the used prices on Amazon.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:46 PM

That's hilarious!

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:53 PM

I got mine for $500! I'm always looking for the good deals! :lol:

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:37 PM

I got lucky, they wouldn't ship it to Canada.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:51 PM

quick, go buy 10 copies of the current volume, and hold them to sell for next year!

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:04 PM

I would gladly sell my used 2013 RASC Observers handbool for $4742. Any takers? :jump: :jump: :jump:

Don't all jump at once :lol: :roflmao: :foreheadslap:

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:53 PM

Hold tight to your copy!

Look at the used prices on Amazon.

Clear skies, Alan

Oh, snap! I only got $800 for my like-new copy on Amazon. I *knew* I should've held out for more! :roflmao:

#8 Alan French

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:10 AM

No point in stocking up on the 2014 edition. Issues earlier than 2013 are selling for $4 to $5. This is some strange glitch in the world of used book sellers. A friend, who collects books, believes some dealer gave it an inflated price, either by mistake or through some strange idea of its value, and everyone followed suit.

If you do follow used book prices, a search often gives a variety of prices, and many reasonably priced books include some ridiculous prices at the top end (and not for any obvious reason, like a first edition or signed copy).

Clear skies, Alan

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 08:32 AM

Hey, if last years is so expensive, I have one fron 1974 that maybe I could pay for my retirement wiyh. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

This was discussed in an other thread. A CN member has this explanation:

"Some online sellers use bots and algorithms to price some or all of their wares. For example, a book seller might decide that book X is rare so they tell their bot system to look for other copies of book X and price their copy at some level above or below the other prices it finds (usually with a price floor but only sometimes with a price ceiling). Alternatively, the book seller may not have a copy of book X but decide that if they make their listed price high enough, e.g., the greater of 25% or $20 above the next highest price, then they will be able to buy a copy and resell it at a profit should a buyer request it. In both cases the bots recheck other sellers' prices and update their price every so often, e.g., daily. If you get multiple sellers trying to auto-price the same book at a higher price than other sellers you can get silly results, e.g., amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies. I'm not claiming that this is definitely what is happening in this case but it is a possibility."

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