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Old 06-16-2010, 02:55 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by abookreader View Post
I don't boycott but I am fairly price sensitive.
Most newer fiction just isn't all that special to motivate me to spend over $10. Even NYT Bestsellers, most of these books will barely be a dim memory 5 years from now. They are one and put it away reads. They'll probably sell me 3 to 4 books a year in that range. Actually it isn't even the $13 new releases that disgust me all that much - it is the $9 books that are over a decade (or more) old that I find ridiculously priced.

I mostly buy at $5 to $7 range. Thousands and thousands of excellent books available at those prices and plenty of authors and publishers glad to get my money.
I never conciously thought that the 5-7 was my price range, but I guess now that you point it out I tend to buy more there than the 9.99. those have to be pretty special or eagerly awaited.

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Originally Posted by poohbear_nc View Post
Yes - I keep a list of books that are currently over $10 - and check them monthly. Patience has paid off - I've been picking them up slowly but cheaply. Last gem was "Julian Comstock" - dropped from $14.99 to $8.99 in a couple of months.
that's good to know. I hadn't bothered to keep a list

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Originally Posted by recluse View Post
I won't pay $9.99 for an ebook I know is in paperback at a lower price. I don't normally buy hardcover books because of the prices, I wait for the paperback. Or pick up the hardcover when they discount the excess stock. I don't mind waiting for prices to go down, but it's not happening. I put ebooks I want but are too expensive on my wish list and watch them. One actually went up in price, the rest are unchanged despite paperback release.
I need to start doing that... wishlisting the too expensive ones and re-visiting it.

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Originally Posted by whitearrow View Post
No, I'm not participating and no, I don't think it's working. A boycott only works if you have a critical mass, and there's no sign of that.

I am also pretty price sensitive, but paying $12.99 for a new release where the hardback is $18 or $19 is something I'm occasionally willing to do. OTOH, nothing irritates me more than a backlist title that has a $6.99 paperback available and the ebook has a higher price.
it's called a grassroots movement. that's why it is discussed at length here and on other forums and the tags hit the books that ARE too high. I wish there was a way we could get darknet tallies to show the publishers how many people they have forced away

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I bought a few from Amazon, though to be truthful most have been under $9.99. My biggest problem is that the books *I'm* most interested in just aren't available in ebook format at any price and so most of my purchases the past few months have all been paper.

Beginning to think I should start investigating the darknet.
I've taken a stroll on the darkside a couple of times. it can be both refreshing and exciting as well as dissapointing and frustrating
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