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Flame Boy
19-11-2015, 21:21
I started looking for "Lords of Mars" recently and while the GW and Black Library websites don't have a physical copy available I thought I'd go looking via Google. The first sale item showed up on Amazon and I got a price for the hardback version for 37.74. I thought that was a bit steep, so I looked at the alternatives.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lords-Mars-Adeptus-Mechanicus-Publisher/dp/B00SLVBBC6/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Let's look at the paperback version...

1 Used from 2,397.39!

I could barely believe my eyes. I might have considered it a mistake, but the next price was 1 New from 2,483.24!

I'm speechless. :wtf:

Niibl
19-11-2015, 22:13
It is quite common on amazon.
I am not sure whats the reason behind it though.
It seems like sellers use insane prices to create place holders.
(And if a mad person actually buys it is likely that the seller knows how obtain it for less.)
If some one knows the true reason for this practice, please let me know.

Cap'n Facebeard
19-11-2015, 23:25
Compared to the used copy, the new one is pretty good value.

Ormshead
20-11-2015, 20:58
Cheaper to keep it listed at stupid prices while you wait for new stock. If anyone actually buys it then you are in the money. Also shows at the top of price searches and gets publicity here for free.

Smooth Boy
21-11-2015, 02:48
I think on Amazon prices are raised automatically. So if there are 6 copies of a book and someone buys one, Amazon will within seconds raise the remaining ones by 10 - 20. I think this is what leads to the ridiculous prices when there's 1 left.

Itsacon
21-11-2015, 08:33
Or there are two automatic bots that check for other prices, then price their items at x above that price. The other bot sees that, raises its price two, and the cycle starts.

Earl_UK
24-11-2015, 12:29
Automated prices checking on amazon has been around for quiet soem time, glitches sometimes cause silly price rises, If you fancy looking, check out specialist books, like biblical text studies etc, the prices for some books is OOO how high?

misterboff
29-11-2015, 00:56
I too was looking for Lords of Mars recently; as I've got the first and third books but can't find the second book anywhere! I rang BL though and they said that they'd probably reprint it as an omnibus at some point, so it might just be a case of waiting...

Commissar Vaughn
04-12-2015, 23:32
I was looking for a railway modelling book- normally go's for a tenner from the publisher...on Amazon for 3 and a half thousand pounds.

So yeah...

Zemlod
05-12-2015, 08:00
There was also a glitch with at least one used books buying and reselling website, where you can enter the isbn of any book and they tell you how much they'd give you for it. For some time their pricing algorithm also considered for how much the book in question was listed in used condition on amazon. So if you'd have taken a rare book, created the first and only listing at amazon for a ridiculous price you'd confuse their idea of what it's worth, then sell it to them and remove the amazon listing after that offer has expired. Probably not absolutely legal though, as usually the case with these real-life-hacks...

Promethius
05-12-2015, 10:08
I too was looking for Lords of Mars recently; as I've got the first and third books but can't find the second book anywhere! I rang BL though and they said that they'd probably reprint it as an omnibus at some point, so it might just be a case of waiting...

I got my copy from waterstones if that helps. Initially shocked by the Amazon prices but found I could have a copy delivered to my local store for the cover price.