Your question: Coupons, Discounts, Sales—Are we like Kohl's?

 

       I did not write the Life of Fred series in order to make a ton of money.  I did it to (1) teach a lot of mathematics and (2) to instill in my readers a love of mathematics.

       A while ago I typed "beginning algebra" into the Amazon.com web site and found:

Beginning Algebra plus MyMathLab Student Starter Kit (10th Edition) by Margaret L. Lial, John Hornsby, and Terry McGinnis (Hardcover - June 3, 2007)
Buy new: $155.33
 


Beginning Algebra (7th Edition) by John Tobey and Jeffrey Slater (Paperback - Jan. 7, 2009)
Buy new: $142.67


Beginning Algebra by Julie Miller (Hardcover - Jan. 8, 2010)
Buy new: $202.80
 

Beginning Algebra Plus MyMathLab Student Access Kit (5th Edition) by K. Elayn Martin-Gay (Hardcover - May 1, 2008)
Buy new: $155.33


Beginning & Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition by K. Elayn Martin-Gay (Hardcover - Mar. 6, 2008)
Buy new: $158.67


Beginning Algebra, 4th Edition by K. Elayn Martin-Gay (Hardcover - May 2, 2004)
Buy new: $138.67


Beginning Algebra: Early Graphing (2nd Edition) by John Tobey, Jeffrey Slater, and Jamie Blair (Paperback - Feb. 5, 2009)
Buy new: $142.67


Beginning Algebra Sixth Edition by Man M. Sharma (Paperback - 2007)
1 new from $216.88


Beginning Algebra, Books a la Carte Edition (5th Edition) by Elayn Martin-Gay (Loose Leaf - Dec. 21, 2008)
Buy new: $103.13
 


Beginning Algebra with Applications & Visualization (2nd Edition) by Gary K. Rockswold and Terry A. Krieger (Hardcover - Jan. 6, 2008)
Buy new: $147.33



Beginning Algebra (Gustafson/ Karr/ Massey) by R. David Gustafson, Rosemary Karr, and Marilyn Massey (Hardcover - Jan. 1, 2010)
Buy new: $169.95
 

          In contrast, Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition (544 pages) cost $39.  And I pay the shipping and handling costs. 

         These are tough times for many people, and I have priced the Life of Fred books absurdly cheaply.  My wife has told me that I should double the prices and then offer 50% discounts.

          One last thought . . .   The Life of Fred books are not light weight mathematically.  I know of no other home schooling math curriculum—at any price—that contains more mathematics than the Life of Fred series.

 

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