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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:33 PM
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Amazon seller lists book at $23,698,655.93 -- plus shipping (Robot pricing)
Lots of normal people would pay $23 for a book.

But $23.7 million (plus $3.99 shipping) for a scientific book about flies!?

This unthinkable sticker price for "The Making of a Fly" on Amazon.com was spotted on April 18 by Michael Eisen, an evolutionary biologist and blogger.

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Instead, it appears it was sparked by a robot price war.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/04/25/amazon.price.alg...

As someone who sometimes sells 1 used book or DVD on Amazon I hate those F'ing robot pricing programs!
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Travis_0004 Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:42 PM
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1. I almost bought a copy
But then I found out shipping wasn't free, which kills the deal, so I passed.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:27 PM
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4. Yeah, and I thought they were gonna bundle it with "Lord of the Flies." nt
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:56 PM
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2. If he sells one, and the seller defaults before paying, shouldn't they both get a bailout?
This is what the government did for the banksters, after all.

How sad for him and his prospective buyer that they're not big enough to be too big to fail.
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mysuzuki2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:23 PM
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3. on the other hand, he only needs to sell 1 copy!
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:24 PM
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5. I saw a really expensive book once on Alibris.
Under rare books on their website.
Perfect gift for the techie who has everything.
A first edition of "Celestial Mechanics" in French by Pierre Simon Laplace, published in the 1840s.
It was a multi-volume set priced at $15,000.00

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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:37 PM
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6. I should price all of my books that way!
I'd only need to sell one copy of one book. Most of mine are priced at $2.99, and now I feel so stupid.
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