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Old 04-23-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Amazon's $23,698,655.93 book about flies

A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly – a classic work in developmental biology that we – and most other Drosophila developmental biologists – consult regularly. The book, published in 1992, is out of print. But Amazon listed 17 copies for sale: 15 used from $35.54, and 2 new from $1,730,045.91 (+$3.99 shipping).
To read the full article, click the link above. It's a fun read.

The article talks about how vendors are increasingly turning to automated algorithms which they use to price their products relative to the prices their competitors are using: and what can happen when one vendor finds himself co-ensnared by another vendor's somewhat unorthodox business practices ...
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