Should sellers leave prices up on sold books?
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Although I monitor the forums pretty regularly, I often see books I am interested in too late. To be honest, I am way more of a tourist than a buyer but I am always really curious what the asking prices are. I also understand, I think, the practice of editing out prices on a sales thread once a book has been sold; I guess it’s a form of privacy, although the price had obviously been public up until that time. This isn’t a complaint, I get that this is perhaps out of consideration for the buyer, I’m just curious how others feel about this.

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18 minutes ago, punksdropdirtysrh said:

It bothers me when they do that, too. But it’s their thread. Jerks, I just wanna know what I can’t afford! :sumo:

I like salting my own wounds. "Oh dang, I missed out on that FF5. Wait a minute, it sold for HOW LITTLE?" @#$%#&!"

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sometimes you can see what the price was in the "quote ill take it" from the buyer. but if it was a PM then i guess we can't see it.

There was one time that i was looking at buying a book at a LCS and remembered there was one for sell on the boards,(i couldn't find any sales data as i was wanting to resale the book), but the price was edited out so i PM the seller and asked ONLY for the price he sold it for and he did, he was very nice and understanding.

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I don’t care for it either. It’s a learning tool thats disappeared for those of us needing learning. 

But whatever.  

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It seems like lost people don’t edit the asking prices or If they do then the quoted post still usually has it. But yeah, the sales boards here are a really good resource when the sales prices are available  

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Sometimes... just sometimes... if you are nice... and PM the seller... they will tell you. 

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Many (or most) books posted on the boards sell for much less than the posted asking price via PM. The original ask price is somewhat irrelevant. 

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Other forums I visit have a no delete price policy. What exactly is the reason for deleting it? Is it done to make it clear the book has sold (shrug)

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I'd be much happier if the seller just put a line through it and left it there.

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Yes, a seller should.

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And if they negotiated by PM (which you may have no idea if that happened or not) then you might get an inaccurate number. Its their thread, whatever floats their boat. 

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This board is not a good source for what books are going for. As mentioned you never know what has happened thru PM and that's why its a Private Message. I don't believe you should ever be able to read what is talked about in PM from a member.

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I prefer it when they do.

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14 hours ago, Ryan. said:

Many (or most) books posted on the boards sell for much less than the posted asking price via PM. The original ask price is somewhat irrelevant. 

I seriously doubt "most".  More like some.  

There is prejudice around here about PM sales - it is not all about beating someone down in price, but often about protecting the knowledge of where the book is going to its new home.

i think it should be seller's prerogative on whether to leave the price up after sales. I do, but others don't.

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1 minute ago, lizards2 said:

I seriously doubt "most".  More like some.  

There is prejudice around here about PM sales - it is not all about beating someone down in price, but often about protecting the knowledge of where the book is going to its new home.

i think it should be seller's prerogative on whether to leave the price up after sales. I do, but others don't.

If I use myself as an example, most books sell via PM for much less than the posted asking price. 

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33 minutes ago, Ryan. said:

If I use myself as an example, most books sell via PM for much less than the posted asking price. 

My anecdotal  experience is exactly the opposite. There may be many underlying  reasons for that, that varies from seller to seller.

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7 minutes ago, lizards2 said:

I seriously doubt "most".  More like some.  

There is prejudice around here about PM sales - it is not all about beating someone down in price, but often about protecting the knowledge of where the book is going to its new home.

i think it should be seller's prerogative on whether to leave the price up after sales. I do, but others don't.

This.  

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