A Practical Guide (Alaska Pocket Guide). These books were eyed and subsequently purchased without the use of my trusted scanning device, mostly with the knowledge that over the course of my bookselling career, most books about mushrooms (the non-generic ones, and especially the references for mushroom hunters) have equaled bookselling gold. I was lucky enough to not have my device on hand at the time of their purchase, because it may have thrown me off the trail. As you can see by the link on the left, at the time of publication, the lowest used copy is available for $5.25, which would not have resulted in a "Buy" notification on my device. A quick glance at the rest of the listings will show that "bargainbookstores" and their anonymous description is wayyy below the rest of the pack, the next price clocking in at $49.99 for a copy in VG condition.
I would like to undergo a brief bookselling experiment with my two copies, in roughly identical VG condition, with minimal shelf wear and creasing to the covers. I will be starting one copy at $49.95 via the usual avenues (Amazon, EBay Store, Alibris, ABE, Biblio, etc.) and one copy for about $4 more ($53.95) via FBA, Amazon's Fullfilment Program. I am curious to see which copy will sell first. While this is not a truly fair experiment, as selling on multiple venues should have the advantage, I am curious to see if FBA wins the race. Here is some more information on Amazon's FBA program for those of you who have no idea what the acronym I keep referring to means. I am looking forward to writing a series of articles on the FBA program in future posts.
Mushrooms Demystified: Relatively common, in print, and always worth an Andrew Jackson.
The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica: concerns the more psychadelic varieties. I have no doubt you would know enough to pick this one up by the subtitle alone. There is a signed/limited 1st Edition worth hundreds.
What mushroom books have you sold over the course of your bookselling career?