Mine tended cost around $50-120 and if you sold it back in mint condition you might get half of that back.
It sounds like you used the university's book store. Most offer similarly horrible buyback deals. Don't do that. Boycott the campus book store. Buy used online, sell used online. Except for when a new edition just came out, you end up coming pretty close to breaking even.
I can understand that poor people might be less likely to use Google, thus skewing the results. But I doubt there are large socioeconomic differences between users of various distros like there are between citizens of different countries and members of different religions. The problem is that more people use Ubuntu, so more people have problems with Ubuntu.
it has a linux version. i've been using it for years. http://www.amazon.com/gp/dmusic/help/amd.html
also, some linux media players are integrating the amazon mp3 store directly: http://abock.org/2010/07/13/amazon-mp3-store-in-banshee
Look at home many people let google read their emails rather than paying Apple $100 a year.
Or... Look at home many people let google read their emails rather than paying Apple $100 a year to let Apple read their emails. Seems like an easy decision.
For example: Assange claimed for years, Wikileaks contributors are protected by the Swedish law, he even threatened to sue anyone who tried to expose a Wikileaks source.
Source? I don't remember that, and it's hard to Google for his past opinions on the matter due to recent developments.
Similarly, it is also possible that On2 didn't join MPEG-LA so that they would be more attractive to being bought be another company who wanted to acquire patents on some part of H.264.
I have no idea how likely either scenario is, but they don't seem totally implausible.