""Piracy" is a labor-intensive enterprise, even leaving aside the potential legal risks. That's why pirates rob bullion ships, not grain ships. "
I've known one person who used 3 PCs to do it for him while he slept.
2 of them were set to download movies 24/7 and the 3rd controlled them and processed orders via a website. Website was automatically updated from the catalogue of downloaded stuff, script took maybe a few hours to write if it wasn't ripped somewhere.
All he had to do was burn the CDs and ship them off, which took 2-3 hours a day.
He's no longer in business, his ISP caught up with him when he got greedy and put a 3rd PC to leech movies causing him to exceed his bandwidth limits so much he tripped a warning several months in a row.
"If publishers stop making their product artificially expensive and a headache to use, they will discover that "pirates" lose all interest in them. Why "pirate" something that's already available for no more than $4 a book? (Especially when many of those books can be looked at ahead of time, at no cost, so the potential customer can gauge whether it's something they'd be interested in buying.)"
I've heard (via other software companies I know people in) of people pirating software costing under $5 a copy.
Some even go as far as to offer illegal compilations of freeware without asking consent from the authors where the authors specifically state that such consent is needed and distribution outside approved channels is not allowed (in this case, the authors can get into legal trouble if their work is distributed commercially because of 3rd party artwork and production tools which are not allowed to be used commercially without consent and/or extra license fees).