Category: book pricing

Why Would Anyone Pay More for a Used Book on Amazon?

This is just another quick post about something I saw on Amazon this weekend. The problem is I don’t understand it. Someone on Amazon is selling a few of my used books for almost three times the amount of what a new paperback costs. A new paperback of AMERICAN STAR retails for $12.99, and someone is selling a used version for $35.40. And they are doing this with a few other books, too.

Now, if someone can do this and make money on it, God bless them. But it’s not something I would do. And just so readers understand, writers don’t get a penny from used book sales. Personally, I have nothing to do with the way used books on amazon are priced and I’d hate to think anyone out there thought I did. Just wanted to clear this up. One customer recently wrote a review on amazon for one of my books slamming the pricing (grin). It was more like a letter to amazon than a book review, which is fine. She/he vented and I’m glad they did. But I also want readers to know I have no control over how books are priced. I wish I did, but I don’t.

But I can warn you when I see something a little weird about pricing. So, if you’re looking to buy a paperback of one of my books, please be careful and check out the prices so you don’t wind up paying more than you should for a used book when you could have purchased a new book at a fraction of the cost.

And, if anyone can please tell me why a used book would be more than a new book, I’d love to hear an explanation.