Saturday, January 9, 2010

Amazon Arbitrage: Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called "Amazon Arbitrage" about how I found an item that was $70 pre-shipping on for $32 post-shipping on  Turns out the joke's on me.

I got an email this morning informing me that Amazon was "unable" to obtain the book, which was just published in June.

Apparently sales they must have not done a lot of sales because it is ranked #1,005,832 on and #137,153 on  By comparison, Man Walks into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer, also by Pete Brown ranked #395,371 in the US and #11,254 in the UK.  (It is also #6 under the category of Books > Food & Drink > Drinks & Beverages > Beer, which we don't even have in the US).

Full text is below:

Dear Customer,

Greetings from

We regret to inform you that we have been unable to obtain the following item:

 Pete Brown "Hops and Glory: One Man's Search for the Beer That Built the British Empire"

This item has now been cancelled from your order #203-2653883-6631506 and we can confirm that you have not been charged for it.

We are no longer able to offer this item for sale. Our supplier has informed us that this item has been discontinued and is no longer available.

Please accept our apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

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