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Re: The Wonders of eBay

Subject: Re: The Wonders of eBay
by Trotter on 2012/11/10 4:48:45

"LORD OF THE RINGS ~ TOLKIEN ~ DE LUXE EDITION ~ BOXED ~ NEW ~ EXTREMELY RARE!!!"

This is the 8th printing of this edition, are the earlier printings just common or rare, but the 8th printing is extremely rare.

I was reminded to look at comments on rarity from one eBay seller

"A FEW WORDS ON TOLKIEN COLLECTIBILITY...I have been collecting Tolkien books for over 30 years and it really galls me to find people selling items for ridiculous prices claiming they are "rare" or "highly collectible"; and what's worse is, naive people are paying it~! The fact is, there are relatively few "RARE" Tolkien items on eBay and most of the stuff claimed as such, just isn't. Granted, some may be hard to find, but not rare. In order to be a VALUABLE collectible, the books need to be immaculate or close to it, a scarce or extremely early printing of an early edition and if it comes with a dust jacket, that too should be close to fine. Otherwise, they are just common items not worth much, but people are paying gobs of cash, caught up in the frenzy."

Very true, pity he constantly ignores his own advice.

alan-53 probably does deserve his own thread

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LORD-OF-THE ... tible&hash=item2ec2b4e432