I like Amazon .com; it is my go-to shop for all my downloads. They have my records and they allow me that “one-click” type of shopping I so love. The exception here is my craft books. Those I want in hardcopy, not Kindle versions, so that I can follow instructions. One problem with downloaded books is that the pictures don’t necessarily match the page. Instructions are next to impossible to follow. And I can’t put little scraps of fabric into pages or have yellow sticky notes sending me straight to the right place. Furthermore, I like looking at my prodigious needlework library.
So I was looking for a book entitled Wool Rug Hooking: Thirty Projects to Warm Your Home by Tara Darr selling through “amitcg” out of Texas for $119.92 plus 3.99 for shipping. This, please note, is the “bargain edition,” whatever the heck that means. Wait. Wait. There’s more. This is a “USED” copy. So I went looking for a new one.
The new editions went from $64.55 to $95.47. Mind you we’re still looking at the “Bargain edition.”
Now on to the regular paperback edition. I’ll wait right here while you get some toilet paper. Ready? Bordeebook has this title available for a mere $900, not including shipping from their “unknown” location on, which I’m guessing is somewhere on Mars.
You’d think I’d have given up on owning this book because I was seeing the same insanity on other book-selling sites, but alas I found a brand new copy of this most valuable piece of rug hooking history in a needlework online supply company for $22, and it will be here by the end of the week. Now I understand there are algorithms for pricing these books, and all of it is by a computer, but the question remains: Does anyone ever look at these pages with a human eye and realize there is something amiss? Isn’t there a program that can detect the contradiction between the words “rug hooking” and “$900” and send up a little flag?
I’m looking forward to receiving this book. It got amazing reviews and is a “must have” for all serious rug hookers. But if it doesn’t knock my unfinished socks right off their knitting needles, you can bet I’ll be selling this book, right here, for only $899.99 with FREE shipping. Look for it.