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Re: Arda Reconstructed
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>The Book Depository prices seem to have gone up. The cheapest UK price for the Pb still seems to be on Amazon, currently available to pre-order

A good thing to remember with the Book Depository is that their prices not only vary between their ".com" and ".co.uk" domains, but they also price-discriminate based on the IP address of the browser. This is how they claim to have "Free shipping". It isn't, they simply roll it into the price they show to you based on where they think you will *most likely* be delivering to.

Essentially this means that if your IP Address (or the IP Address of your proxy) is a UK one (at the time you add your first item into the basket), you will generally get a lower price than if you are somewhere else in the world. Sometimes the difference can be quite significant.

(It also means that if you live in the UK and work for a multinational that has proxies in the US, and you order from work, you might be getting inadvertently screwed!)

The other thing with BD is that you can pretty much always wangle a 10% discount voucher.

S.

Posted on: 2011/6/30 1:58


Re: "Meet the superfans"
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Shane Richie, Indeed. LOL.

Yup, I did indeed just 'LOL'. I've never needed to do that before, but then I've never seen a car painted with pictures of Shane Richie before - Last time I looked he was doing adverts for washing powder.

I don't think I have what it takes to be a "true fan/collector"; I don't want to fill my house with crap, I definitely don't have a 'Hobbit Name'*, I haven't got a car painted with pictures of C-Grade celebrities and no one I know is even aware that I collect Tolkien books ('cept for my wife who thinks I am an idiot, and not just because of the books).

I need to find a hobby that I am good at. Sigh.

Stu

*although perhaps. "Doomus Gloomfoot" would work for me. I might try it.

Posted on: 2011/6/25 20:38


Re: New Book Releases
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Looks very nice. Really looking forward to this one!

Posted on: 2011/6/24 1:34


Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
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Peter Kenny has a profile on the Tolkien Library site - I remember seeing this a few months back. His collection is definitely not to my taste, but horses for courses, I guess - he obviously gets a kick out of it.

Nothing like a bit of polystone landfill. :)

Stu

Posted on: 2011/6/23 15:41


Re: Signed, First-Edition ‘Hobbit’ on ‘Antiques Roadshow’
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I must admit, I probably wouldn't classify myself as being someone whose "dreams are shattered" by such high prices. I guess I *could* pay 50,000 for a Hobbit if I really wanted to, but the truth is that I personally wouldn't pay 5000 for a copy, never mind 50,000 (other than to quickly on-sell for a fast buck, I suppose).

I do undoubtedly enjoy my (fairly small) book collection, but there is nothing at all worth more than about 500 pounds (and most much less than that). I tend to think that if a book costs more than a day or two's earnings, I probably won't enjoy it enough relative to how much I didn't enjoy earning the money! And I really don't enjoy earning money.

I don't buy into the global recession/depression having a positive effect on the "high-end" book prices. Art has not traditionally done well under such circumstances. Fiat currency probably isn't going to do well, either, mind.

I really look forward to the facsimile edition that comes out next year, though. More my price bracket, I think…!

Posted on: 2011/6/20 1:34



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