price-compare results for meta vendor sites


20 November 2006

Pricing Pynchon : Used Not Battered

The latest Thomas Pynchon novel Against the Day premieres in new-book bookstores in hardcover today

" . . . three bookstores believe Thomas Pynchon deserves one and are staying open past midnight on Monday, November 20, to sell his first novel in nine years, Against the Day (Penguin Press, $35)."

Trio Plan Midnight Events for Pynchon
by Kevin Howell, PW Daily -- 11/17/2006

Well yours truly has been reading Pynchon over the years, mostly long after the titles became renowned, and wanted to see using the book-search engine AddAll what my solid, Good Condition, 1967 paperback copy of The Crying of Lot 49 ( a mere 138-page pocketbook from Bantam ) could probably fetch if I sold it on the online market. (Put it online at any one of the Mega-Vendor Used Books websites that is, which I won't do however and in any case.)

Below are the search results. (My conclusion is that I could reasonably ask US $16.) This 40-year-old paperback is not hard to find online. For $1, plus 12 times that in shipping costs, you could receive a reprint from the 1970s or 1980s in the mails.)

Our search for "Title: The Crying of Lot 49 ..Author: Pynchon ..Keyword: Bantam .." brought up 41 title(s).

With 16 of them priced below US $ 10.50 (various conditions, year, printing and, as always, a variety of handling and shipping rates (sometimes restricted to within the US).

Our search for "Title: The Crying of Lot 49 ..Author: Pynchon ..Keyword: Bantam, 1967 .." brought up 6 title(s).

Priced from US $10.80 to $28.68 (hence mine is "worth" US $16).

No comments: