Post by Anthony Ortiz
I've been looking online for some old Apple II technical/hardware
manuals and the few that are out there are pretty expensive, going for
hundreds of dollars.
Post by Anthony Ortiz
I'm starting to froth at the bit
given the $20 temptation India has to offer. I don't understand what
happened in the last few years that the books that used to be
and couldn't even be given away for free are suddenly going for hundreds
dollars each but it's not cool...
What say you guys?
I used to buy a couple of used Apple II books a year, but now I've stopped
because the prices jumped up crazy high a couple years ago. Not sure when,
maybe after the SJ death. I wonder if the Amazon sellers are using a keyword
algorithm to match titles and jack up the price accordingly. And it's not
just Apple II, but also books with 6502 in the title, or Z80, for example.
I don't see how they can justify these prices, and it's pretty absurd to
place the designation of "rare" on any consumer product that was
mass-produced and sold in volume so recently as the 1980s. So I don't buy
many books any more because I don't want them that bad, plus I probably have
enough Apple II books right now anyway (I still buy books, just not computer
It's perverse really, because the Amazon system is set up to show listings
in ascending order of price + ship which is supposed to be INCENTIVE for
sellers to undersell each other, or at least match prices. But it looks like
it's just the opposite: a race to the top instead. Many sellers see it as a
price floor, not as a price to match or beat.
And I think a lot of it can be attributed to amateur salesmen, amateur
business owners who have no concept of "money in the pot now is worth more
than money later," that is, better to make a good sale now rather than have
a high price and go a long time before (or never) making a sale. You see
this all the time, everywhere, on eBay too and in physical shops.
It's why I've priced The New Apple II User's Guide at such a low price when
I've had people tell me I could charge more for it, and I have discounted it
to as low as $20 on more than one occasion. I'd rather sell a lot of copies
at a good price, and be guaranteed to make a lot of sales, (which it has--
900th copy sold last month and we are counting up towards 1,000 copies sold
which I think we'll make next year) than sell fewer copies and perhaps make
less profit overall in the long run.
There's a listing of the New Apple II User's Guide for almost $6,000 on
I haven't gotten around to contacting the seller about it, but I would like
to hear the justification for that price when a new copy can be had any day
of the week for around $25 or so.
Apple II 40th Anniversary User's Guide: