Thinking Out Loud

December 3, 2008

The Total Money Makeover Scam

Filed under: Christianity, economics — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:03 pm

dave-ramsey1Each day, I access data from Ingram International which tells me which books did the best in their Spring Arbor division, the Christian book side of the company.   On Tuesday (12/2) the book Total Money Makeover finished 5th for the day; one if its better showings.

It just occurred to me that in today’s economy, at $24.95 hardcover, the only financial crisis this book is aiding might be the author’s own.  Though published in 2003, there is still no scheduled paperback


  1. Dave Ramsey’s financial advice is well-known to work wonders. Besides that, he probably has nothing to do with the price of his book once the publisher has printed them.

    Comment by David Kellogg — December 5, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  2. No, you’re right, Ramsey probably didn’t set the MSRP for the book, Thomas Nelson did; but authors still retain control over some aspects of the publishing picture; and the decision to keep this in hardcover seems bizarre to those of us who live in parts of the world (i.e. not the U.S.) where first editions are published in paperback, not hardcover. This is a book on helping people save money right?

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 6, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

  3. Dave Ramsey’s own website very often has this book on sale for $10.

    Comment by Buddy — January 7, 2010 @ 1:55 am

  4. Guaranteed YOU have credit card debt. Keeping a book in hardback doesn’t make it a “scam” more than likely you titled it that way to get people to your blog, which is pathetic.

    If you don’t like the hardback price, wait until they blow them out for $10 like they do EVERY SINGLE YEAR at Christmas time.

    Comment by CJ — October 27, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    • My credit card is paid in full at the end of each month.

      But thanks for your concern.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 27, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  5. PS, I’m sending a link to this page to dave ramsey on-air today. He would probably like to know you are using his likeness with the word SCAM on the same page.

    Comment by CJ — October 27, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    • I’m sorry that you don’t get it. Many, many books are published in the United States in hardcover; and this trend did not abate during the so-called U.S. “economic crisis;” which was, of course, a crisis of that country’s own making. Most of these books go through TPC or “trade paper conversion” within a year. Total Money Makeover did not.

      Now isn’t that ironic? A book that is supposed to help people financially remains out of reach for many of the very people who need it?

      There’s something very, very, very, very, very, very, wrong about this.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 27, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

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