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    Cost of LF books on Amazon sky rocket. Why?

    I bought Steve Simmons book on using the View Camera and Jack Dykinga's book on LF Photography just a couple years ago. I don't remember exactly what I paid for them, but the receipt is probably in the books as I usually keep those. Anyway, I know it was in the $18-$25 dollar range each. Now those books are selling on Amazon for nearly $100. I don't understand why books are shooting up so much. Are these discontinued and there is such a high demand for LF books that the law of supply and demand is calling for such prices? If they are in such demand, why are they not being published? I'm thinking that as much as I would like to keep these as I hope maybe someday to get into LF photography, I could buy a lot of stuff if I sold these on ebay. Any one out there know something I don't? Thank you. Ric.

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    Well, there are some crazy sellers counting on the uninitiated. Zone VI workshop can be had today from $10 to $90. Same goes for many titles. I usually check Abesbooks.com, as it seems a good market indicator for any particular title, far outdoing Amazon in this regard. So, if you think you have a gold mine in the basement, check the market because most of these aren't going for much.

    BTW, Simmons' View Camera isn't a 1957 DeSoto, not even close.

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    I generally think people selling niche books online just go out on a limb, because they can't be bothered doing the research. Most people impulse buy on the net and don't do the research either.
    You could quite easily get rich collecting and selling photography books online, because the market has a solid foundation in ignorance.

    Just looking at Paul Strand's Outer Hebrides, which I bought brand new for £50 last year. Somebody is selling the same edition for £871 on Amazon... and I bet it sells.
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    Thinking of which...

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...5961265&sr=1-1

    $1045 in hardcover???? I realize the hardcover is out of print and all, but seriously....

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    In the case of third-party sellers, it apparently sometimes happens that two sellers will have automated pricing systems that try to determine what the market will bear and set the price accordingly, and they get into a kind of "arms race" and each one keeps escalating the price to be just a little above the other. A couple of years ago this process went berserk and the results made the news, but it's possible that similar effects sometimes boost prices unreasonably without getting completely ridiculous.

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    Try addall.com, it will show listings other than Amazon, which might be closer to reality.

    There is also bookfinder.com, but the resident bookseller reports that addall has been working better than bookfinder lately.

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    Amazon is notorious for having price-bots go whacko. Just the everyday movement of prices on normal things is quite odd. Put any book on your wishlist and watch it fluctuate, prices do not stay still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whowantstoast View Post
    Amazon is notorious for having price-bots go whacko. Just the everyday movement of prices on normal things is quite odd. Put any book on your wishlist and watch it fluctuate, prices do not stay still.
    This is about some sellers going nuts, not Amazon price-bots. It's noticeable in many places, not only Amazon.

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    I thought these were new prices...

    I thought these were new prices but maybe not. I would think the authors of these books and others would not like to see their books listed at $100 as that would discourage buyers. There are other books listed on Amazon for the person new to LF and they are selling in the $18 range. If Simmon's and Dykinga's books are out of print, well then perhaps they are worth that, but I would hit the local librarys before forking over that much coin. I wonder how LF books are selling these days. With MF systems going so cheap, it must be a hard sell. I had to sell the RB67 due to a lack of money, and after seeing the difference between 35mm and a 6X7, I'm thinking that when and if my ship comes in, I will look at LF. Otherwise I would sell the books I have. It is funny that you can hardly buy a new MF camera, but there must be 5-7 LF camera makers still going strong. I guess they will be until someone comes out with a 450 megapixel digital camera. Ric.

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    Shhh - fortunately the filter factors are on preview pages. That's all I need.

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