Anyone who has spent a bit of time on Amazon looking for obscure books (you know who you are) knows that prices for used books that have gone out of print can sometimes get out of hand. Part of this seems to be that some third-party sellers tend to set their prices at obscene levels (think $500 for a Michael Crichton paperback), maybe in the hope that some unlucky buyer will simply click buy without noticing the price.
When a book goes out of print, all of the reasonably priced used copies head out the door, leaving only the ridiculously priced ones. That’s my theory, at least.
Case in point (click image for actual listing):
What a deal! Spend $900 on a Bible and then sell it back for a $11.30 gift card … in the end, it only costs you $888.70! Or maybe you won’t want to sell it back. It is LEATHER BOUND, after all, which means it’s extra fancy.