Re: [GTh] outrageous book prices
- At 07:57 PM 10/21/02 -0000, Randall Helzerman wrote:
>The standard counter-argument is that, well, the free marketThat's not the reason why theaters can sell popcorn at much
>sets the prices, and people are only willing to pay $20 for
>"The Formation of Q" so that's the selling price. But this
>is really not valid-- consider the parable of the popcorn--buying
>popcorn in a grocery store vs. buying popcorn in the theater.
>We all expect to pay substantially more in the
>theater--because the theaters have set the expectation.
higher prices (locational monopoly is a better reason -- try
bringing in you own popcorn and see what happens). I suspect
that the reason Brill charges so much for its books is that
they mainly sell to university libraries who can afford such
prices. Brill's quality is so high that no collections manager
will get in trouble for buying from them. Nevertheless, many
individuals are priced out of the library market, and I commend
Brill and SBL for joining together to find a way to provide these
books at a price we can afford. After all, the typical salary
of a humanities professor is such that the books budget is tight.
Stephen C. Carlson mailto:scarlson@...
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