Originally Posted by gdl203
What is the difference between your copy and the one sold new for Â£14.94 on the same website?
None - it is the same book. As the book is out of print it counts as a hard-to-find title. Amazon do not have it in stock but will undertake to search for it for you for a set period of time. In the event that they find it they will charge you the list price of Â£12.95 plus a search fee of Â£1.99. This price (Â£12.95) will probably reflect the selling price of the book when published and does not necessarily reflect the current market value of the book as out of print - it may be below or above. In the event that Amazon can't source the book, of course, your order expires. Without knowing about things such as print runs, etc., it is difficult to speculate what the chances are of Amazon being able to find a copy but my only experience - gained at one remove - is that they have not been able to fulfil such orders, although I suspect it would be a good bargain if they could.
Alongside the Amazon price there is the price which secondhand booksellers estimate the book to be worth and list it at; this seems to range anywhere from about Â£50-100. Whether this is a true market value is again difficult to gauge because I have not been monitoring the market in order to see whether the book sells at this price level but it (together, of course, with what I paid myself!) is what I have taken as a marker against which to price my own copy. I hope that all this is helpful?