Um, Amazon wouldn't be making money in that scenario, they'd be losing money. They sold you the file at full price. Buying it back would mean giving you some of your money back, costing them money, for no purpose whatsoever. They would lose out on the deal, while you gain. That'll be a pretty tough sell. Seriously, I have yet to see anyone give a valid motivation for there to be any kind of buy-back program for e-books other than that it'd be nice, they'd like it, and they'd like paying a discounted price. That's not really how business works. There needs to be give and take in any contract. Normally, you buy something, and you get the product in exchange for x amount of money. Now, some people are apparently wanting y amount of their money back through an e-book buy-back program in exchange for...nothing. You're missing a key element to make the contract be something you could sell the idea of. What would Amazon have to gain in such an arrangement, even if they were allowed to do so? I COULD see it being a potential new loss leader to draw in customers, if Amazon were really willing to take that much of a loss now they're established (it was different before) to gain more customers that'll just cost them more money in similar deals. But, they wouldn't be allowed even if they wanted to.
Don't forget, Amazon needs to pay for the rights to sell these e-books. They're not free for them. The deal you mention implies that Amazon could buy the book back for less than you paid and still make money. Either you think the cost to Amazon is far lower than it really is, or you don't understand how the process works. Either way, even if publishers would allow it (fat chance of that), I think you may be unpleasantly surprised at just how little Amazon would need to buy the books back for in order to make any money on their end. It's the definition of a horrible business deal, and certainly wouldn't be enough to draw in anyone that wasn't already buying e-books anyway. And, if you're buying it either way, there's no reason for Amazon to engage in such a deal.
But, it's a moot point. If such a loophole were allowed, Amazon would have taken advantage of it during that big war with the publishers, back when they were selling the e-books for less than they paid for the digital rights, in order to draw people in. This is the idea I referenced above. The other side of the coin, the last one I mentioned, would be buying them back for a tiny fraction of the cost, letting Amazon keep a tiny fraction of their original tiny fraction. That also wouldn't be allowed, even if it would make anyone here happy at all, which I doubt.
Logic is a b*tch sometimes. The idea sounds so great in theory, doesn't it?
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