Semi-OT: Bookfair vultures...
- I go to a book fair this morning at a local library to hopefully find a
few good books for a cheap price.. Last time I picked up "Compilier
Design Theory" for $2.00.. :)
This time I go on the first day and find to my dismay there are all
these "vultures" with PDAs and bar code scanners going through all of
the books to find what they can resell.. :( They were rude, filling up
with a bin and piling up books they were going through on top of books
in other sections. :(
Unfortunately I could not find the computer section this time because of
all the vultures in the way.. Maybe I will go tomorrow afternoon and
see if they have some older technical and/or computer books..
that's easy to resolve.
Bring a WiFi jammer with you next time :)
You can make your own with a 2.4GHz cordless phone --chann.11 is most common freq
(you didnt here it from me)
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Bryan Pope wrote:
these "vultures" with PDAs and bar code scanners going through all of the books to find what they can resell.. :( They were rude, filling up
> This time I go on the first day and find to my dismay there are allWelcome to the 21st century. This is what happens when Amazon allows
> these "vultures" with PDAs and bar code scanners ...
people to sell books for $3 a pop plus $3 shipping AND make money.
Result: a desperate race to find the most valuable books at the lowest
price in the shortest time. I see it myself, all the time now, at these
Let's see...from my core memory I hear author Larry Niven saying
"...think of it as evolution in action...".
You might do better, as you say, to come back later. With any luck they
will throw back some of the old computer books, which don't sell for
much. Books without ISDN's get passed up. You CAN'T beat them to the
sale, not unless you get there early. AND, all the book sales now have a
"early birds" deal where you pay up front to get there early. The fix,
as they say, is *in*.
> Bring a WiFi jam8*&er with you next time :)Won't stop the cell phone based products, I think. And I'm not sure I
want to carry around any cell phone j%$&mers, and have someone in a
uniform (or worse, a suit) walk up to me and say "come with me,
Anyway, the books will end up on Amazon, and you can buy them there for
several dollars instead of $2 or $4. There's still deals at flea markets
and hamfests, sometimes. Hey, the day of the Mars landing, I got "The
Exploration of Mars" by Werner Von Brawn at a popular flea market, at
noon, for $10. It's worth $80, I know because I looked it up on Amazon!
circling around flea markets