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Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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Out of interest I added up the current prices on Amazon.co.uk for the 4 books in the J.R.R. Tolkien Box Set which is being sold for £200 by HC direct. They are £214 from Amazon with current discounts, both have free delivery.

I do struggle to see who this set is aimed at as I expect most collectors would already have first impressions of these books and will not spend £200 on a second set which really just includes a second slipcase and not even first impression books.

Posted on: 2007/11/26 9:14


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Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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I have to agree with Deagol. The choice of distribution mechanism is simply a way of avoiding the normal retail markup (which I am guessing is probably closer to 50%). Looking at 500 copies for GBP350 each, that adds up to GBP 87,500 extra coming in the coffers by selling direct.

All in all, it's been a bit of a hassle (I have one copy going to my fiance's parents in the UK and a second copy coming out direct to Australia), but hopefully the quality of the book will justify the trouble (having not seen any 'real' photos of the book, time will tell ! At least we know the pages are printed cleanly on reasonable quality paper - I remember getting the quarter-leather Silmarillion and being surprised to find that it seemed to be printed on toilet paper with a dot-matrix! :) )

I do wonder how long it will take to sell out. I don't think there are that many collectors out there prepared to spend that kind of money, and despite the fact that many of them are purchasing a copy to own and a speculative copy to sell on later, I think it may be available for a little while yet...

Cheers,
Stu

Posted on: 2007/11/25 17:26


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That is, if the seller finds anyone willing to pay 120k dollars...

However, this seller has the "excuse" of a misprint (even if I would rather call it a mis-bind) to try and justify an unjustifiable price. There's no excuse instead for this auction, where an italian first edition (usually sold for no more than EUR 150 if it's in a mint condition) is priced rather too much.

Posted on: 2007/11/25 14:10


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Mithrennaith who is registered on this website bought the 1st edition of in de ban van de ring.

Posted on: 2007/11/25 12:04


Re: Amazon.co.uk has Children of Húrin Super Deluxe
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I have had a look on Amazon.com and you can't buy the HarperCollins edition. If you search for the UK ISBN number then the US edition comes up. It's not available at Barnes & Noble either.

I think the reason behind HarperCollins selling the super deluxe edition itself is down to money. If they distribute it via a company like Amazon then they have to give them a large discount on the retail price (say 30% or 40%). If they sell direct they keep 100%. The discount is a lot of money for a book like the super deluxe Children of Hurin.

The deluxe collection is 200 GBP compared to a combined retail price of 280 GBP, so it discounted by about 30%.

Posted on: 2007/11/25 11:35



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