Strange pricing in the book business

December 19, 2008

This post isn’t about how the field of economics was corrupted, but rather about the strange pricing of the eponymous book by Mason Gaffney and Fred Harrison. I’ll use it in a course next term, so I wanted to get some copies because Henry George School policy is to include the book in the registration fee.

Schalkenbach, the U S distributor,  is charging $16 plus shipping. They’ll probably give us only a small discount, so since the book is 14 years old I decided to check other sources including used copies.

According to bookfinder4u, abebooks,  froogle and amazon, nobody is selling this for less than $21.88 plus shipping.  Amazon says that a used copy costs $35.64 while a new one can be had for $22.95. No sign of it on ebay at all. Of course this can all change very quickly, but it’s curious to see it at all.

I suspect that no one at Schalkenbach reads this blog, at least not right away, so I shall hasten to order a few copies from them.


One comment

  1. I’ve not seen a copy on ebay in several years! (I have, however, picked up some older things Mason wrote via a saved search that tells me when his name pops up.)

    I suspect that those who bought a copy and read it want to keep theirs.

    When I do find something interesting on ebay, I check around, and often can find it cheaper via Amazon’s network.

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