I think your theory is the most plausible. I think those sellers are deliberately skewing the pricing algorithms, in a way that I can’t quite work through in my mind, thus can’t explain. Or, they are sellers who have multiple accounts. They want to make their price seem reasonable, by listing a phantom item at an impossible price. Or??
Also for reasons I can’t quite explain, I don’t like the idea of parking a nonsensical price in order to protect one’s inventory.
It seems like a price listed out there for the Amazon public should be a legitimate price!
I mean, wouldn’t we all cry foul if Walmart did something similar?
It should not be a way to safeguard one’s inventory or let the marketplace settle on a price.
I’m actually very surprised that Amazon allows this.