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Every time I see this listing it annoys me. I know the 1978 Guild Editions take "hideous faux leather" to new levels, but the artistically non-matching and irrelevant facsimile Dust Jacket just serves to make matters worse. Two quid book at best.

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Khamûl wrote:
Your post, Trotter, pretty much sums up eBay today. If it gets any wose it'll be as bad as Abebooks...

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I actually think eBay is worse than AbeBooks these days. I have actually purchased a handful of books on Abe for less than they generally sell on eBay in the last couple of years. That said, both eBay and Abe are chocked full of resellers selling stock-photo books they don't actually have.

I haven't bought many books on eBay at all the last couple of years (but I have used it for other stuff, such as buying Brodart covers). As a place to buy relatively generic stuff that can't be picked up locally, it is OK. And that is because eBay has morphed from being a person-to-person site selling unwanted stuff people want to offload to being (mostly) a business to consumer site selling endless piles of generic Chinese crap (whilst taking a fat cut from the product, payments, logistics, etc). eBay deserves to be crushed under the weight of its own greed, frankly.

The sad thing is that there is really no prospect of ever getting a service again like eBay *used* to be, because it is impossible to be successful without a critical mass of buyers and sellers.

Posted on: 8/26 16:56:38

Edited by Stu on 2014/8/26 21:08:32


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Lokki wrote:
Super Deluxe Edition of Children of Hurin. I am salivating

eBay Item #201156956354



Just for clarity, it isn't "No.1" of the 500. They can also be picked up for at least 100 pounds less than this one.

Posted on: 8/26 4:04:08


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garm wrote:
The world's biggest Tolkien fan? Not while I'm alive.


Typical Antipodean hyperbole, I'm afraid. I haven't watched the video, but I know he used to mostly collect "miscellaneous Tolkien and Jackson crap" (no offence to people who like such items -- just not to my taste) and only had a very limited collection of books.

(Note that when hyperbolising, we often add the phrase "in the southern hemisphere", so as to avoid too much scrutiny of any obviously outlandish claims of greatness. The southern hemisphere, of course, consists of places where you play football, grow/traffic drugs or get shot (or both), Antarctica (population 2,500), a vast wasteland full of red-dirt, kangaroos and backpacker murderers (and nothing else of note, except for a fancy opera house that is no good for opera), plus a tiny country with more sheep than people, so greatest/biggest/most expensive/etc don't mean much down here).

Posted on: 8/25 14:28:50

Edited by Stu on 2014/8/25 16:25:21



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