Let's have a talk, you and me.
I really love getting an ARCs, especially when it's for a book I've been dying to read! It's hard to wait, I totally understand; authors can be mean with their cliffhangers. I'm currently on edge to read the third book of a trilogy which comes out in January. Sadly, I don't have the ARC and can't find anyone who's willing to trade / lend it out. I'M FREAKING DYING because I want to know what happens!
I was searching sites and went to ebay thinking there could be some sort of lending program there or something (I was desperate, okay? Shush.) and I found the book! Guess how much it was?
$40 FREAKING DOLLARS TO BID, $60 TO BUY!
Who pays that much for an ARC? If you do, keep your hand down 'cause I'm seriously going to throw a rabid raccoon on you. First off, it's illegal to sell an ARC. Second off, do you know who's getting that money? Not the author. You know, the person that WROTE the thing? Even if the book was $10 I wouldn't buy it from someone. If they would trade or lend and didn't want to pay for shipping I would pay that part, but to buy it? Not cool.
If you're the person selling, I kindly ask you to STOP.
If you're the person buying, I kindly ask you to STOP.
Keep your money and wait for a while. Yes, it sucks major balls and you want to eat your hand off waiting to see what happens to your favorite character, but don't for the love of god spend 3 times more just to get your hands on it.
If money doesn't matter to you and $60 is nothing, then think about the author not getting anything from it. I understand it's not going to stop because of this single blog post, but I just want people to be aware of it. If you see something this outrageous please report it.
Tell me in the comments: would you buy an ARC for that much?
TRICK QUESTION 'CAUSE IF YOU SAID YES YOU'LL GET A RABID RACCOON THROWN AT YOUR FACE.
Nahhhhhh just kidding. I'm not that mean.