Aconite said:I suspect the writer meant--or the person at the bookstore meant--that the cost of the book (PA books start out about $5 more than comparable books, then are short discounted--only 5%) plus the shipping on the book raised the bookstore's cost for the book above the cover price, meaning the bookstore loses money on each book sold at the already inflated cover price.
Just playing with figures here.
One average PA book with a cover price of say $27.95 discounted at 5% (approximately $1.40) would be $26.55 at its discount price.
And considering the depth of the discount bookstores usually get, they would have to sell the book for way more than $30.00 to get any profit at all.
Maybe I am wrong, but it would never be worth a bookstore's time to carry a PA book at those rates.