> This time I go on the first day and find to my dismay there are all
> these "vultures" with PDAs and bar code scanners ...
Welcome to the 21st century. This is what happens when Amazon allows
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