My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Finally knabbed a copy of Frogmen of Burma, £9 on eBay:

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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I know nothing about the topic, but it immediately cries 'interesting'.

    What operations does it cover?
     
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    From what I can tell, it describes the recce of enemy held areas on the east banks of the Irrawaddy River, as the 14th Army prepare for the re-invasion of Burma. I read an article a few years back explaining the same type of recce in the Akyab region of the Arakan. Will report back when I've read it through CF.
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Amazon's pricing is bizarre.
    Saw something from Mushroom I fancied on a whim for £9.01, new. 1 copy left. (RRP £20)
    Ordered it, then decided things/whims getting silly so cancelled.
    It immediately pops up as back in stock - at £20, and a day later has dropped to c.£16.
    Now faintly fascinated to see if it falls back to the original price.

    It seems to be a different variant of the algorithmic pricing that sometimes sees quite mundane books listed by marketplace sellers at thousands of erroneous pounds.
    Wondering if the official Amazon version adjusts for lack of interest. Not a particularly common 'impactful' or successful book. Sort of specialist boring.
     
  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I've seen the official Amazon sale of an in-print paperback drop to ten and then five-ish quid for the last copy they have in stock, and then it jumped back up to twenty-two quid once that last copy was sold.

    Presumably, they factor in the cost of ordering or something.
     
  6. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

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    Slip cases are becoming addictive.
     
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  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I have no idea how this happened. Sets are worth more though, right? It's an investment!

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  8. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Sets also count as one book, right? ;)
     
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  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Mmmmmm.
    Reference before 11AM.

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  10. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Tesco again, you jammy sod?
     
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I am indeed feeling jammy soddish.
    Un-utterably smug, even.
     
  12. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Nice pick up Steve, sits On my bookshelf read it a few years ago and from memory it does offer up a good angle on a lesser touched upon Burma subject.
     
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  13. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Oh, come on - it's only the unrevised and unexpanded first edition of Hodges in paperback. Pfffft!
     
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  14. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Is there any book you won’t buy
     
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  15. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Jason,

    I remember from a while back that you had a copy, it has taken me that long to get round to grabbing a copy for myself (at a sensible price).
     
  16. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I know, right?!?

    It only goes for... (checking abebooks) wait a second, there's a store here in Toronto with a copy of the first edition? Never seen them advertise before on abebooks!!! Whooosh!
     
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  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The 'problem' part is really making me think at the mo...

    Ooh, look, N&MP sale, again.
    Bugger...
     
  18. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Can we just start posting alerts when N&MP aren't having a sale.
     
  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    It is all a little DFS-y, isn't it.
    Though 20% off is real. Some already cheap books are currently silly cheap.
     
  20. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Not if it stops us from getting it!
     
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