is there a place online where i can buy the rights to an unpublished novel for cheap?
What an unusual question! And a thought-provoking one, too. I would not be surprised if your quest did not turn up some unpublished work that people would consider selling...maybe for a little more than $1, though...What would you think of trying on Ebay? Goodness knows they have everything imaginable for sale there...maybe you could post willingness to buy unsold work just to see what is offered. Good luck with this intriging quest.
No one would sell their hard work for $1.