I occasionally search abe.com for military justice books I would like to own but don’t. (If anyone knows how I can buy a copy of Colonel Snedeker’s A Brief History of Courts-Martial or Homer Moyer’s Justice and the Military, please let me know.)
In making one of my periodic quixotic quests recently, I came across something that I find very odd. In 2000, William S. Hein & Co. republished the Navy OJAG’s incredibly useful Index and Legislative History, Uniform Code of Military Justice. You can still buy it from Hein for $115, though the need to do so has been largely supplanted by the Library of Congress’s free on-line file featuring the same material. But suppose I want to take it to the beach with me for some light sea-side reading, so I really want to buy the book. Since I can get a new copy from Hein for $115, why would I pay $318.47 for a used copy? It’s not like it’s signed by Professor Morgan.
Six copies of the Index are available on abe.com from three different book dealers. Every single one costs more than a new copy from Hein. I’m not a Law and Economics disciple, but I would have thought that the marketplace would be sufficiently rational to prevent such bizarre pricing. Can anyone explain this one to me?