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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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I think this book appeals to a smaller market than the Super-Deluxe COH. So to sell 500 copies without heavy discounting could well be impossible for Harper Collins.

The fact that they have a track record now of offering large discounts on the online store, means that people like me who would have bought two copies, will buy one when it comes out and wait for the discount for the second copy, but if it was limited to 250 copies I would buy two at full price.

I hope they remember to ask the artist or Christopher Tolkien to number the copies this time as well.

Posted on: 2009/2/22 1:57


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Hello All,

I was just wondering what people think about the Deluxe signed version of S&G being slated as 500 copies, as per CoH? I had hoped that HC would have learned some lessons from the signed CoH and gone with a more sensible 250 copies.

I must admit, other than to maybe order a single copy up front to get a low number, I can't see myself ordering two upfront as with CoH (and then a further one at 30% discount later on), knowing that as a non-ME book it is possibly even more likely to be a difficult-to-shift volume (and therefore be discounted).

Sounds like it's going to be GBP250 rather than GBP350, but that's still a tidy sum in the current environment. I'm not sure that so many people will be prepared to commit early for multiple copies, so this could be a bit of a sales dud...

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Posted on: 2009/2/22 1:47


Re: Super Deluxe Children of Hurin - Great Price for U.S. Collectors!
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For anyone that is still interested in the Deluxe Edtions boxed set, but missed the 30% discount to 140GBP (which in my opinion is about the price it should retail for), I noticed that there is a seller on Abebooks (THE SAINT BOOKSTORE in Southport) that has >20 sets, charging 149 pounds. Not quite as cheap as the 30% off deal, but not far off.

"Description: 0007273568 BRAND NEW" "The J. R. R. Tolkien Deluxe Edition Collection: "The Children of Hurin", "The Silmarillion", "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007273560"

I also notice (hence posting to this thread) that they also appear to have >20 Deluxe, Signed CoHs @ 261 pounds each.

"Book Description: Retailer-exclusive titles. LEATHER BOUND. Book Condition: New. 0007252242 BRAND NEW" The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007252244"

They seem legit, so it seems that HC are not quite the exclusive retailer they claim to be any more. Not surprising as the 500 Super-Deluxes have been hard to shift (even with plenty of people buying 2 or three copies)...

Stu

Posted on: 2009/2/22 1:36


Re: Hobbit on ‘The Antiques Roadshow’
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"But they would not get that price any more, the credit crunch has put paid to that."

True - but that small fact doesn't deter them! As a glance at abe.books will show; high prices being asked for unsigned copies. A lot of the more expensive ones seem to be bought by other dealers, and so spend a lot of their time on aircraft over the Atlantic, being moved from one high-priced bookstore to another, when their real place ought to be on my shelf! In an ideal world...


Posted on: 2009/2/21 16:35


Re: Hobbit on ‘The Antiques Roadshow’
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But they would not get that price any more, the credit crunch has put paid to that.

The only way to get someone to pay £10K+ for Tolkien items in today's climate is to have 'signed' items and I think this site is doing a wonderful job in finding fakes and stopping them being sold, so they have to have provable provenance.

Posted on: 2009/2/21 7:45



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