Let’s say that my neighbor’s birthday is coming up and he had just finished Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” and loved it. I ask his wife what he wants for his birthday and she replied “any of his other books”. I log on to my computer and go to Amazon.com and see that a new copy is on sale for $10.88 or I can get a used copy for $0.01.
So now I can get him a gift of what he wants, but I’m compelled to only buy new. It’s the exact same book and it will definitely not be a collector’s piece. For some reason, if the book was out of print, then it would be ok to buy used, but why does it seem like it’s not ok to buy it used when it’s still in print? (Same goes for any other item like a movie or album too).