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Author Topic: ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture on sale this summer $29.95  (Read 904 times)
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« on: June 13, 2013, 11:47:14 PM »

The June edition of Bee Culture advertises a summer special on the 41st edition of ABC/XYZ -- $29.95 postpaid (the Bee Culture website still lists it at $49; the cheapest I have found is Amazon, $41).

Does anyone else wonder if they're trying to clear out some stock before a newer edition comes out? Or am I just a bit too cynical in thinking that as soon as I invest (even taking advantage of a very good sale price), they'll come out with an updated version? 

I do realize the 41st ed was published in 2007, but I understand that there is no information on CCD in this edition.

Then again, they may hold off on adding any info about CCD until a definite cause is determined, which might be when  flying pig
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2013, 08:22:00 AM »

I got it when it came out at the bargain price of $79. OUCH! I think it was quite a few year between the last update and the previous one. I would not suspect a new addition?Huh? But never know especially if it is easy to update and print. As far as CCD what is there to tell....... who knows....just speculation.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2013, 08:28:09 AM »

I have six different editions of ABC & XYZ (well the first is actually ABC of Bee Culture) from 1886 to 2007.  I have never regretted any of them...
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013, 11:42:35 AM »

Is there anyway you can post a link or information on how we can order? I don't currently get Bee Culture.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »

Not saying I regret buying it but $79 is stiff in the realm of things I purchase. I am surprised you would even be able to find it at $29. It is however stuff with pictures and info.

But when I have a real question on how too with bee........ I go to bushfarms.com  grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013, 03:19:35 PM »

Is there anyway you can post a link or information on how we can order? I don't currently get Bee Culture.


TNjohn, the Bee Culture bookstore link is http://www.beeculture.com/store/index.cfm?action=showproducts&CatID=89#X5B

When you click the ad for the summer special (pdf), it shows a price of $59.99!  shocked  Other than the price, the ad is the exact same thing that is published in the magazine. The address and phone number are listed; mail a check, or call with your credit card.


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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2013, 04:32:43 PM »

I'm with ya, sc-bee, $79 would feel like being back in college! I always figure that someone will have cheaper it on ebay or half.com or something; so far, amazon had been the best price, until this summer special.

Michael Bush's book is on my "wish list" as well; I like having an actual book in my hands to highlight/underline, make notes in, etc.


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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013, 08:58:48 AM »

Thanks for the information. I'd love to get a copy, but the usual $80 cost is too steep for me. I can buy a lot of frames with $80.
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 05:51:34 PM »

i just picked up a 1983 edition hardbound copy for $13.50 & free shipping on a used book site.
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2013, 06:39:58 PM »

I have a 1936, 1948, 1952, 1979, 1986 and a current edition.
I use the older ones, but the new addition is crap. Not worth
the $60 I paid or their new $29.95 discount price. They must
have a truckload on hand, when I solicited door prizes for the
Central Texas Beekeepers Spring Bee School, they sent me 6
copies.
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2013, 10:08:30 PM »

Thanks for the info, beek1951. I'm curious - what is it that you don't like about the current edition? I got to briefly look through a 1980 edition, but I thought the b&w photos were not very helpful.
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2013, 12:00:35 PM »

I love the old ones, man. Of course I started keeping
bees in 1959 so some of them are familiar to me. The
new one has to much emphasis on pioneers in beekeeping
and not enough on mechanics. They dropped a lot of
informative topics.
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2013, 09:46:12 PM »

I too was disappointed. I thought it was more of a how too book. It is a cyclopedia. Fine if that is what you want..... just not what I was expecting.
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2013, 11:29:41 PM »

I've went to it for information for many years and have always
found the answere in it, but the latest doesn't seem to live
up to the old ones. They did keep the same info, but update
and add to it year after year, but for some reason now it seems
like different stuff entirely. Between that and "The Hive and the
Honeybee" I always could look just about everything up.
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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2013, 12:07:03 PM »

thanks for the information, of course I just got one off Amozon ($42) a month ago. good research book.
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