Amazon charges the customer a $3.99 shipping fee which they in turn credit to the seller's account. This is supposed to cover shipping charges. However, depending on the size and weight of the book, it often does not. Generally it is enough to cover Amazon's fees with perhaps a few cents left over to cover shipping.
Truthfully, the listings of 1 cent books annoy me but I also remember the adage, "You get what you pay for." Personally, I would be leery of purchasing books from someone who is listing them for a penny. Apparently there are others who feel the same way.
I'm simply getting rid of all my professional and student books after retiring from teaching due to disability. I have had a number of books which have sold despite the fact that mine are listed at a higher price than all the penny books by the same title. I'm also noticing that I have not had a single complaint either. I'd rather pay more to someone with a 100% positive rating than buy something for a penny from some one who has a 92% positive rating.
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