I'm so tickled! In the last two weeks, I've found not one, but two books that Sam and I have wanted for ages at good prices on eBay!
First, I've been looking for
Seeing Red: The Rapture of Redheads by Howard Schatz for years and years. Seriously, it has to be at least five years since Sam first mentioned that he'd love to have it. Unfortunately, it's out of print, and the only thing I found for the longest time were used copies for $150 or more. It's a gorgeous book, but that's far more than I could pay for it.
I had the book on my wish list at Half.com, which is part of eBay, but for some reason I also set up an eBay search a few months back, and finally got found a copy going for $35.1 I didn't happen to see the email until a day later, and by then the seller had dropped the price further for some reason. It was more than I pay for most books, but after five years, it was more than worth it. We received it in the mail earlier this week, and it is just a beautiful as any new copy.
That gave me an idea, so I set up a search for another book I've wanted for a while, but couldn't afford. John C. Lowe's tome Your Guide to Metabolic Health came out in 2003, and I haven't ever found it in stock anywhere. It must have gone out of stock quickly, because Amazon has only ever had used copies that I've seen. And again, they were always pricey—$180 was the price I'd seen most recently.2
Today, eBay came through again! The "buy it now" price was very reasonable, so Sam encouraged me to go ahead and get it instead of chancing the auction route.
Dr. Lowe has also written another book that's specifically about the metabolic treatment of fibromyalgia, but it runs over $500. Apparently, that one is intended for physicians, rather than laypeople. I have an eBay search going, but I'm fairly certain the book I bought today has the information I need in it. From what I've heard, it's mainly about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.3
I'm busily reading my ARC of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! It's good stuff.
1 For what it's worth, Half.com still shows only the higher prices. Weird.
2 It's available more cheaply now, but I still got a deal.
3 Aha—the publisher actually sells the latest version of that one for $99.95. Why would anybody pay the used price? Why do the used sellers think they can demand so much?