I often trade for ARCs. It can’t be helped when I feel the need to have every single edition of my favorite books and when I NEEED to read the books I’m really looking forward to asap. I just don’t have the patience to wait for books that will be releasing later in the year when I can trade for it and read it NOW.
When I trade for ARCs, I often meet two different kinds of people: people who are really “strict” and people who are more lenient with the trade.
By “strict,” I’m talking about people who strictly only want to trade their ARCs for other ARCs, no exceptions. They won’t accept a paperback or a hardcover for that ARC, even if that book was on their wishlist. The more lenient people don’t care – they accept ARCs, paperbacks, or even hardbacks for the book they’re trading away. I fall in the lenient category. For me, as long as I get the book I want, anything is fine, with the exception of ARCs that are released later in the year. I only trade those ARCs for other ARCs similar to its release date.
So one day, I put up an ARC for trade and someone offered to get any book I want on Amazon for the ARC I’m willing to trade. When I saw that, I couldn’t help but think, when put that way, isn’t that trading an ARC for money?
I’ve asked several people about this. One person said that as long as we’re not selling the actual ARCs, it doesn’t matter. Others agreed.
What do you guys think about this issue? Is it okay to trade ARCs for finished copies or do you think it’s not okay to do that? I want to know!