Login

Or
Register Now


Already have an account?
Username:

Password:

Remember me

Lost Your Password?
Main Menu
Collector's Guide Table of Contents
Recent Visitors

CecilaSwif
1 minute ago

DDGDoraii
3 minutes ago

laurel
27 minutes ago

Trotter
39 minutes ago

StephaBarb
39 minutes ago

GreggLEstr
42 minutes ago

GwendoFart
48 minutes ago

Jlong
1 hour 8 minutes ago


« 1 ... 6 7 8 (9) 10 11 12 ... 125 »


Re: The Good Old Days
Home away from home
Joined:
2008/8/10 2:07
From Queenstown, New Zealand
Group:
Shirefolk
Fellowship
Posts: 658
Offline
Thanks for posting. The old ads and catalogues are great. I reckon that was the best era for Tolkien books. The quality was high, the cover designs were traditional and un-fussy, and the range was relatively static, rather than being designed to squeeze a dime out of every last bit of material, good or not. Some of the stuff that passes for "Collectors Editions" out of HarperCollins wouldn't even have passed muster as a paperback thirty years ago.

Plus it was in the days where books sold for RRP, so there was less corner cutting in the production.

I wonder how the Tolkien book landscape will look in another thirty years -- whether there will even be physical copies being produced?

Posted on: 10/21 19:14:59


Re: The Wonders of...
Home away from home
Joined:
2008/8/10 2:07
From Queenstown, New Zealand
Group:
Shirefolk
Fellowship
Posts: 658
Offline
And to think I already found David Day's books offensive...

Attach file:



jpg  tolkien_bestiality.jpg (70.35 KB)
125_54477500dc107.jpg 867X768 px

Posted on: 10/20 15:42:35

Edited by Khamûl on 2014/10/22 2:12:38


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
Home away from home
Joined:
2008/8/10 2:07
From Queenstown, New Zealand
Group:
Shirefolk
Fellowship
Posts: 658
Offline

laurel wrote:
Guess not as it looks as if it sold. The old supply and demand theory kicks in here. Might be wrong but i think last one sold for £350 as i recall so whilst it was a fair bit more i am not suprised it sold. It seems at the moment prices are dipping but real rare items still going up.


It seems like there just isn't much of interest available at the moment. The market for the nicer end of the "common stuff" is probably fairly saturated, so even though there aren't a huge number of sellers, there aren't that many buyers, either. All the people who started collections after the LOTR movies aren't ready to sell them on as yet (at a loss). Another few years, all those collections will start to come back out into the market.

I think the odd rarities (such as the Methuen Sil) that show up are commanding a larger share of attention than previously, just because the market contains so little of interest to keep collectors occupied.

I think things will become more normal in a couple of years. The desirable end of the common stuff might come up a bit and the rarer stuff will inevitably come down (possibly by quite a lot). When you get outside of the very small number of titles that are likely to be used as investments (by those with no actual interest in the material), the number of people genuinely interested in some of the rarer non-ME stuff has to be absolutely tiny.

Posted on: 10/19 14:49:52


Re: Interesting eBay Auctions
Home away from home
Joined:
2008/8/10 2:07
From Queenstown, New Zealand
Group:
Shirefolk
Fellowship
Posts: 658
Offline

Posted on: 10/19 1:48:38


Re: The Wonders of...
Home away from home
Joined:
2008/8/10 2:07
From Queenstown, New Zealand
Group:
Shirefolk
Fellowship
Posts: 658
Offline

Khamûl wrote:
Incidentally, here's the problem with eBay (& collecting Tolkien in 2014 generally):

Worldwide "hobbit" search: 73,411 hits.
Of this, only 7,249 (<10%) are books!
Over 40% of the items are classified under "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories"!

BH


I just wish that they would cut out the middle-man and ship it straight to the land fill where it belongs.

A good portion of those books could just be pulped straight out of the bindery as well, given that far too many of them are probably the one-or-two-Tolkien-books-with-a-dozen-different-titles by David Day.

As a society, I genuinely think we have a massive problem with the constant cycle of worthless crap that we produce, using finite resources and creating pollution in the process.

Posted on: 10/16 20:26:35



 Top
« 1 ... 6 7 8 (9) 10 11 12 ... 125 »