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Re: New Book Releases
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Tapuvae wrote:
Yes I noticed Amazon was offering the new art book as a bundle with this one. Basically, for this you get the slipcase.



Didn't know Amazon did bundles. I thought they just recommended associated items?

I don't like this type of slipcase - shape-wise, it reminds me of commercial packaging boxes for small items that are designed to sit on retailer shelves. It seems pointless for books - the top of the pages are exposed, yet pretty much the only actual benefit of a slipcase is that it protects the page edges from dust (which this one doesn't). It also does not protect the top front edge of the books from being bumped.

It is sad that the facsimile first Hobbit couldn't make it out of the starting gate, but stuff like this is being churned out.

Posted on: 2015/7/16 15:00


Re: New Book Releases
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Trotter wrote:
It is cheaper from other suppliers e.g. £24.30 from Speedyhen (but they only deliver to the UK)

http://www.speedyhen.com/StoreFront/P ... iles-of-Ham-the-/17766447
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Speedyhen quite often sell Tolkien stuff on eBay as well, so might be worth keeping an eye there for non-UK buyers who think the RRP of these little books is a bit on the nose.

I made a commitment to purchase no new books from HarperCollins unless they contained new material or were finishing off an incomplete set, so this doesn't pass the rules, and the money saved will be spent on the Art of Lord of the Rings instead.

Posted on: 2015/7/14 18:56


Re: Tolkien's taste in fireplaces
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His house had a fairly typical 1950's fireplace, can't see a massive amount of interest in this ebay item.

It is also news to me that he started writing The Lord of the Rings in 1933.

eBay Item #151737895469


Anyone who buys a crappy random, ugly bit of an old house because someone once lived there requires a serious head examination... Junk is junk, no matter who might have sat near it.

Posted on: 2015/7/13 22:39


Re: UK Deluxe Tales from the Perilous Realm [2008]
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The "Printed in China" statement undoubtedly indicates that it is a reprint, (irrespective of the lack of red foil on the book cover -- that is interesting though, as I didn't realise they deleted the red foil when they reprinted).

To answer Tapuvae's question, the first printing of the unsigned version also has the red/gold foil. There is no difference whatsoever (other than the added signature and different "information sheet") between the two versions of the first printing. They are the same book, printed at the same time.

It is frustrating that HarperCollins doesn't care about correct number-lines on the deluxe reprints. Fortunately the Chinese printing makes them fairly easy to detect.

Posted on: 2015/7/8 15:59


Re: History of Middle Earth - Deluxe Ltd 1000
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Tapuvae wrote:
Seller finally got back to me and is asking about the partial refund route, given how much it would cost me to mail the items back I may be ok with this (eh, not really). The question is, how much? This just stinks all around because in part I was willing to pay higher prices as the auction progressed because I thought the HOME 1 was the key piece. So that being worn kills it all, in a way. The fauc leather cases on LOTR and H just bookend the lousy experience.

Vol 1 - £266.00
Vol 2 - £252.22 (sealed)
Vol 3 - £203.26 (sealed)
H - £127.00 (sealed)
LOTR - £118.00 (sealed)


As I understand eBay policy, for any items that were SNAD (significantly not as described), it is for the seller to pay return postage and refund the purchase cost.

I've never ever returned anything on eBay, but in your situation, I'd just return HoME 1 and the Hobbit and LOTR as these were not as described (condition for HoME 1, slipcases for H and LOTR). You clearly don't want these books, so what is the point in buying them, even at a reduced price?

For anything that is just buyer remorse, I'd say that is your problem. The fact that you perhaps paid too much for Vol 2. and 3, I don't think you can really blame on the seller -- it is for you to wear. You chose to pay those prices, and I don't think you can sensibly put that down to "HoME 1" being the "key piece" as you put it. That makes no sense to me (just being honest). You just need to learn from the process and not be over-exuberant in your bidding in future auctions. Set a limit and stick to it!

As such, I wouldn't personally try and negotiate on the prices of the these two books as there is nothing wrong with them, other than the price being a bit higher than you might like, but a deal is a deal (unless there is evidence of wrongdoing by the seller).

I'd return the three books that are SNAD, end up perhaps 100-150 down on the best price you might have got for the two you are keeping, and write it off to experience.

Posted on: 2015/7/7 5:47

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