Thanks to the magic of Google alerts, I found out that an ARC (advance release copy) of CREEP was sold on eBay recently. Here a couple of screen shots:
What amazes me is not that the seller somehow got hold of a copy (I have no idea how many are floating around out there), but that somebody would actually pay $19.99 for it! Plus shipping! It’s not proofed, and the cover has a black banner across it reminding you of this. And yet someone thinks it’s worth twenty bucks? Wow! Why not wait till it comes out in July? The list price will be $23 (or $27 in Canada), but if you buy it at any of the major retailers, you’ll get it for cheaper than that.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered (I think?), but I personally can’t imagine paying for an ARC. Unless it’s a Stephen King book or something.
What do you think? Would you pay $20 for an advance release copy by a debut author?
(I’m thinking one of my friends must have bought it… ‘fess up! Was it you?)