Originally posted by Barbara:
Personally, I don't see why anyone would want an ARC instead of a finished copy.
Once in a while there's no alternative. I was unable to find a copy of Robert Barnard's Death and the Chaste Apprentice to buy (this was 8-10 years ago, before the 'net made specialized shopping easier), as there was no US paperback and the hardcover was out of print. But the mystery bookstore in Bethesda Maryland (gone within the last year *sob* though I think its branch in DC remains) had it on its "uncorrected proofs" shelf. Rather pricey for what it was, but at least I was able to obtain a copy that way. That's the only time I've done it.