2.24.2013

Yeah. That's what I'm talking about. My second book, on sale for $1999.98 at Amazon...





Living is a small town in Texas, away from the hustle and bustle of the sophisticated capitols of the world, I had no idea that my prowess and renown as an author was so recognized and valued. Currently, on Amazon.com, you can buy a Chinese language copy of my second book, Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Lighting for about the price of a new, Nikon d600. Since my books don't have a history of dust issues I'd say it's a great bargain.

Of course, if you don't read Chinese you can always come down market and enjoy an English version for around $23.

Fun with retail. No doubt.















7 comments:

David Liang said...

That's hilarious even if the seller made a mistake and should have listed the book in RMB, it'd still cost about $300 USD.

Kirk, I'd say you've hit rock star status as a writer.

Kirk Tuck said...

Missy MWAC will be so proud of me. Maybe I'll even get invited to the Chinese version of Creative Live...

hower said...

It should be the seller made a mistake and I saw the book in Chinese webside the list price is 49 RMB.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the rest of his books are underpriced?

David said...

I think its clear that your paying for the photos on the front. The shot of your son is obviously selling the book at $1500, the book is only $15, the boy band is -$250, and the other shots just push it up.

theaterculture said...

I see this a lot with out-of-print academic titles. It seems that many Amazon marketplace sellers use a relatively primitive supply-demand bot to do their pricing automatically; it checks to see how many other copies are available on a couple of different websites, and then prices accordingly. Seems like a lot of them are tuned so that if supply is abundant they price at 1 cent cheaper than the cheapest copy, but if it's rare or unique they go for some completely unrealistic price that's several times the low offer, I guess hoping there'll be two people who both really desperately want it?

There's a book I keep in my Amazon wishlist that I'd happily pay $100 for a copy of. There's one used seller that has had it for years; at times when theirs is the only copy I can find anywhere on the web, it's $9,999.99, and the rest of the time it seems to be exactly 3.5x the lowest price.

I guess maybe that's a good business practice for the majority of third party and used books, which are abundant, and the sellers just don't notice when it prices them completely out of reality on a few titles?

Anthony Collins said...

Google Expensive Insect book to read about this phenomenon. Yours will look like a bargain