[Smt-talk] Jonathan Kramer's "The Time of Music"

Laurel Parsons laureljparsons at gmail.com
Tue Aug 2 12:09:28 PDT 2011

Thanks, Gerald.  I had the same thoughts and tried contacting the
booksellers directly last week, but so far have had no response.

Laurel Parsons

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM, <gzar at mail2.gis.net> wrote:

> Last year I noticed on Amazon a long out-of-print book I wanted (by
> Alexandra Pierce), but for a much-too-high, triple-digit price. I could not
> imagine it was a true market price (especially as this was not an
> antiquarian item), so I somehow became inspired to write the seller,
> directly, a sincere note asking whether he might revise the price to
> something closer to what in my experience academic folks like me might
> expect to pay for such a book. I added that I had had known the author
> personally, which I think didn't hurt.
> The seller was happy to have heard from me, responsive to our shared
> connection with the book, and genuinely willing to consider my suggestion
> about the price. We made a sale, and, needless to say, I was pleasantly
> surprised at the outcome.
> Now that our List has been told something about how such astonishingly
> unrealistic sales prices might arise, I could imagine any such seller might
> be happy to hear from someone personally, not only to respond to a possible
> heartfelt plea, but maybe more to the point, to be able to unload, even if
> at "only" a reasonable price, an item whose listed price would likely never
> result in a sale.
> At the least, the seller might realize why the item is not moving and lower
> the price to something that is more marketable -- even if still not perhaps
> for one's own budget...
> Gerald Zaritzky
> Faculty, Department of Music Theory
> New England Conservatory of Music
> 290 Huntington Avenue (Room JH 325)
> Boston, Massachusetts 02115  USA
> 617-585-1373; fax: 617-585-1301
> gerald.zaritzky at necmusic.edu
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Laurel Parsons, Ph.D.
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