Pitts Specials coffe table book

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    Defenseman1

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    Just stumbled across an eBay ad for the coffee table book "Pitts Specials" by Budd Davisson. It's a great old book, and I read it cover to cover a million times back in the 80's. Turns out that the book is worth quite a little bit these days. Anywhere from a grand to 4 grand! I've been on a treasure hunt in my house. Still can't find mine. If you have or had one, let the search begin!
     
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    Are they getting that price for a paperback version, or is it a hardcover? I paid $125 a couple years ago for a pretty pristine paperback version. Haven't followed the price of them since.
     
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    I think I have a new one (bought new) in addition to the $75 one I bought in the last couple of years. Couldn't find the one I thought I had so I grabbed another.
     
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    When supply on a used book is low, but the price starts to climb, there are arbitrage programs that begin trying to make a buck. Some of the $4,000 books don't actually exist, it's a computer program assuming that if someone actually pays them $4,000, they can buy one of the other copies for less and ship it to the buyer. If you have a few people with these programs running at the same time, they can progressively bump up the price until it reaches the stratosphere. If the supply is too low, the bots won't assume they can get a copy, and if the supply is high enough, the bots don't move the market by an appreciable amount.

    I don't think anyone is actually paying $4k for a 30 year old paperback.
     
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    Cool explanation.

    weird how that all works. now that we got that figured out, anyone got reasonably good copy they want to sell for 75 bucks?
     
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    Just found one on Ebay for $1,799.99.

    I bought a new copy years ago. It is in very good to excellent condition. I might be willing to sell it for the right price.
     
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    Anyone who is seriously looking for one of these books make sure you know the condition of the binding. Mine is falling apart. I have a second copy that is intact but I don't trust its any better for durability. Its an OK book but I don't get the almost cult following.
     
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    It is a fine book, but you can read similar articles on airbum.com Same author. I would buy a set of plans first. Now if I could find my copy of Benjamin's GeeBee book. The Smithsonian Albatros book I have has a similar problem with scalping.
     
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    I tried to get a copy from Budd when I stayed with him 5 years ago. I learned about the book from him but he didn't even have a copy to show me.
     
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    There's probably enough knowledge floating around this forum to answer any questions you might have on the airplanes or their history. I've sure learned a lot here...
     
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    I have two copies - one for reading and one for selling for $4,000:D

    It is a good book albeit dated now but nearly all of the content and many of the photos can be read in one form or another on Airbum.com in Budd's section on Pitts Specials.

    http://www.airbum.com/pitts.html
     

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