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Re: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (Super Deluxe Edition 2009)
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Khamul wrote:
I'm inclined to think this too Stu --but there have been some surprising prices lately (& quite consistently too) on old eBay. People have been paying, what I feel, are quite high prices for fairly non-scarce titles. I note Silmarillion prices, obviously --& standard 1977 editions seem to be trading a little higher than you'd expect. Don't know... I suppose the bottom might really fall out of some parts of the book market.

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I see the odd items going for more than expected (including some of the earlier HC Super Deluxe titles), but for the most part things seem to be dropping. A good example would be the Deluxe HoME books - these are going for way less than 5 years ago. Really high-end items (in the multi-thousands) might not be affected much because those were always purchased by people with more money than brain cells, and those people tend to still have more money than brain cells. I challenge anyone to really see the value of a piece of paper being in the thousands of pounds because someone wrote took a few *seconds* to scribble their name on it. The mid-range stuff seems to be dropping a lot, and the books that are not well priced just sit on eBay month after month.

I'm just enjoying chasing the low-end stuff. Cheap books that are fun to chase and don't hurt the wallet :)

Posted on: 2012/1/15 16:29


Re: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (Super Deluxe Edition 2009)
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SonOfDolf wrote:
It's a shame the book was selling at the same price as COH but with only a cow leather binding instead of full morocco. Still think I'm going to buy it at the Bookdepository at the reduced price. I'm not prepared to wait another two years, though I think the price might go down to around GBP200 in due time. Thanks for the link to the old thread Trotter.



I think the price of these books or any others in two years is a "how long (or short) is a piece of string" question. I would say if you can easily afford it and think you will enjoy it, then go ahead and buy now. Don't expect to ever make any money on it. There is a huge economic storm coming and book prices are likely to continue to slide.

Posted on: 2012/1/15 14:38


Re: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (Super Deluxe Edition 2009)
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Urulókë wrote:
Not sure about the UK tax laws, but here in the States when they started counting inventory as assets (ie taxable) it made publishers do strange things like remaindering and pulping - cheaper than keeping the books in stock, which now has an annual cost. So if a book title isn't selling quickly, it may make sense to pulp rather than hold on to or remainder (which would flood the market and likely devalue future super-deluxe editions since collectors would just wait for them to go on remainder too).


Could be. Seems a shame to pulp a perfectly good book, but that is the crazy messed-up world we live in. I think it more likely that they offloaded the S&Gs at a reduced price to BD and other retailers, though. CoH probably just finally sold out after 4+ years.

Edit: Using the totally crappy search with just "Hurin" as a keyword, the SuperDuluxe CoH does show up in the list and would appear to be still available. If you search for "Children of Hurin" it brings back about 100 results, the first page of which - at least - are completely irrelevant. Definitely can't find S&G though, but I would put money on that just being down to the website being a turd.

Posted on: 2012/1/14 20:31

Edited by Stu on 2012/1/14 21:57:25
Edited by Stu on 2012/1/14 21:58:21


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SonOfDolf wrote:
From time to time I checked the tolkien.co.uk site if they still sold the book. It always showed up when I clicked "exclusives". However I can't find the book anymore. I was wondering if anyone could double check. Maybe the stopped selling it?


Certainly doesn't seem to be listed, but tolkien.co.uk are astonishingly good at hiding their books in odd categories and their search is dead ropy. Just give them a call or drop them an email, I guess.

However, I wouldn't worry about missing out. They might remainder these books but I don't think they would pulp them (what would be the point?).

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Edit: Book Depository has it for GBP 280 (might be cheaper if you are using a UK IP Address).

Posted on: 2012/1/14 18:54


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I remember about seven or eight years ago, whenever there was an auction for a HoME volume, raidersafc would buy it up. I'm guessing these are all the rough copies he got as part of sets. That has to be the worst spine fading I have ever seen on a 'Sauron Defeated'.

Posted on: 2012/1/13 15:24



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