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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Thanks for the tip Findegil. I too live in Massachusetts (in Holden, probably not too far from you guys). I hadn't noticed it before your post here, but I was also assessed the 'DHL charge.' My credit card shows a single transaction for $410.13. I hadn't yet checked the exchange rate that was used, but it sure looks like the DHL charge is in there. If this was indeed a mistake, HC should be notifying customers who were assessed this charge and issuing refunds. However, I am very skeptical and would be surprised if this wasn't intentional, knowing that only a few customers will go through the hassle of refuting the charge.

Understand that I am not complaining about the cost of shipping, because even with the 7.44 DHL charge, the cost to post to the U.S. is not unreasonable. However, the backdoor tactic being employed here is disturbing. It is very difficult to tell whether this is just due to HC retail being disorganized and running a loose operation, or if it was deliberate. Unfortunately, past experiences (from many TCG members) have been less than stellar with HC retail, and this is not helping to improve their reputation.

I will inquire with HC about this, although I have had a lot of difficulty receiving responses from them in the past, so I do not have high hopes. Thanks for the info, Wayne and Christina.

Posted on: 2009/6/7 6:56


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Our copy of the super de luxe edition arrived here in Massachusetts yesterday, 5 June. We had reserved a copy as soon as it was possible to do so, though it's not clear if that affected the copy number received (48). After there was no contact from HarperCollins' customer services as promised by their e-mail of 19 May, we put an order through their website on the 24th. Despite having paid by credit card, and the amount had cleared the bank, on 3 June we received an invoice from HarperCollins for the full amount of the book, plus GBP4.99 postage as expected, as well as a surprise GBP7.44 "DHL Post Charge". On querying this, we were told that the extra charge was in error, and that we would receive the book within 14-21 days. Happily, it didn't take that long, and the book was well wrapped and in a sturdy box. It came by DHL to the U.S., then by regular post.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2009/6/6 20:08


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This is copy #10 of the Super Deluxe S&G, with an original drawing by Sanderson inside. The seller also claims that this is copy "10 of only 250". Is there something I have missed, or is this a typo?


I quite like the picture. I wouldn't pay that much money, but I do think it really adds to the book.

With regards to the 250, I guess it is either a typo or the seller knows something we don't. Probably the former, although I wouldn't actually be surprised if they have only bound 250 copies up so far and bind more depending on sales. Purely speculation, of course.

I think this edition might be growing on me a bit. It definitely seems to look a bit more vibrant in natural light.

Posted on: 2009/6/6 18:31


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Calligraphic_collectables comissioned 39 illustrated copies from Bill Sanderson: 25 standard copies; 10 slipcased copies; and 4 deluxe copies. (eBayer bigfootcomic bought 7 standard & 3 slipcased copies from Calligraphic_collectables.)

All the standard & slipcased copies have the same illustration in them, with '5th May' and Sanderson's signature. The deluxe editions are illustrated differently; not sure if all four are individually unique tho', since this is the first time I've seen one. The deluxe's (obviously) where not sketched on the 5th; however the rest probably were (or thereabouts).

Almost all were pre-sold. Calligraphic_collectables has only sold some standard copies to date on eBay I think (no slipcased copies). Presumably this is the only deluxe one likely to be sold, unless any of the owners move them on very quickly.

The seller (to my knowledge) was in pretty early with his order by phone. He was certainly talking about the deluxe on the Monday (the 18th), before I'd heard anything; so no surprise he has such a low number. '250' is just typo...

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Posted on: 2009/6/6 12:15
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Just up on Ebay....

This is copy #10 of the Super Deluxe S&G, with an original drawing by Sanderson inside. The seller also claims that this is copy "10 of only 250". Is there something I have missed, or is this a typo?

http://cgi.ebay.com/JRR-Tolkien-Sigur ... %3A0%7C293%3A2%7C294%3A50

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