Why does this book "Deliver Us From Evil" by Barrettt cost over $900 dollars used?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It doesn't

    There is just one guy offering a copy who figures he'll shoot for the moon.

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    3 weeks ago

    My SIL self-published a book in her field of expertise long ago. She was shocked to find it listed for $800 on Amazon a couple years ago; she'd sold it for $6.99, she's pretty sure.

    So she contacted the seller and engaged them in a lengthy conversation. (She's one of those people-pleasers, and really good at it.) Apparently this person and many others make fairly decent money scooping up small quantities of books, both self- and commercially published, when they're remaindered--sold super cheap, the last step before returns to the publisher (or more often, the book destroyed and proof send to the publisher) and a refund. They price their finds astronomically high.

    Most titles never sell at all, but sometimes someone who really wants it will actually pay hundreds of dollars for an unfindable out-of-print book, so the operation is profitable enough to be worth doing.

    My SIL bought the last twenty copies of her own book for $3 each. The seller was probably glad to get the storage space freed up for more books hardly anyone wants.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Perhaps it's signed by the author.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It's probably a "holding" price. The seller doesn't have any stock (or a very small amount) but doesn't want to delete the listing, so they put an extremely high price on it so nobody tries to buy it.

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    • Quentin
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      2 weeks agoReport

      "holding" is crap: a seller'd have millions not in stock, they rarely get another one the same, there wouldn't be lots all at a holding price, any with it in stock'd have it at a low price. It's easy to change stock 1, 0, back to 1, than finding the true price. They don't drop after a holding period

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