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Re: Poor Journalism
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Trotter wrote:

Urulókë wrote:
Yikes, some people must not have read the updated descriptions. Does that total include the 50 euro "bidder's registration" fees collected?


Yes, I think it does, you had to pay €50 to place bids, but that came off the winning price, so all the other idiots bidders also paid €50 for a book probably worth less than €50 as it is not a good copy of the edition. I would not be surprised if they did not get €500 or more from potential buyers registering.


The buyer would have a good case for a refund. The seller repeatedly misrepresented the item during the pre-sales process.

Posted on: 2013/5/16 15:11


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Jlong wrote:
"Is this still the case when the original recipient of the letter still owns it?"

The Tolkien Estate owns the rights to anything he wrote, regardless of who possesses the letter.


I'm not sure how enforceable this would be, realistically. People publicly disclose the contents of letters written to them all the time (in legal disputes, for example), and they are not opening themselves up to legal proceedings by doing so. That said, the legal system favours the rich, so I have no doubt that the Tolkien Estate get their own way in most matters.

Posted on: 2013/5/16 15:09


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Trotter wrote:
£102 for the last item, madness.

Would any one here ever consider this item for $225 USD?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/J-R-R-Tolki ... tible&hash=item1c2f213070

"Third edition fifth printing (19th impression overall) of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit published by Allen & Unwin in 1970; hardcover with very good replica dust jacket, not price clipped (shows £1.75) in a book that itself is bright, square, and in very good condition. A good read and a great writer."

I can not think why you would want a replica dust-jacket on a 1970's Hobbit, as you can get them with original dust-jackets.

This copy should also not have a £1.75 on the dust-jacket, my current thinking is that £1.75 copies were probably 1972 copies. This copy should probably be priced as 25s/£1.25.



Late Hobbits like this seem to be going for silly money at the moment. I expect they will all be back to a tenner in a few years when the buyers all realise that there are literally millions of copies floating about. Right now we have a wealth transfer out of the mitts of the stupid going on.

Posted on: 2013/5/15 16:09


Re: Thornton's has a set of calendars
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Urulókë wrote:
Certainly these are out of my price range! And I agree that assembling a collection piecemeal over eBay (or other sources) should put you back a lot less, but isn't that always the case when considering buying from higher end dealers?


Agreed. I just think the price on these just seems excessively daft, even by dealer standards!

Posted on: 2013/5/15 16:06


Re: Thornton's has a set of calendars
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If anyone wants to pay 450 pounds, they can buy mine!!! I've got em all since the mid 80s still in shrink (or the card sleeves for the earlier ones).

Seriously, I think the price is a very high, given how much these generally sell for (maybe a tenner a pop).

Posted on: 2013/5/14 16:33



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