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Re: Should TolkienGuide track completed eBay auctions?
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If your purpose was two-fold (to determine what people thought of this idea and spark an animated conversation), success!

I will offer only one comment about "everybody skips the higher priced items and successfully buys a lower priced copy without much effort". I submit that if "everybody" is defined as those knowledgeable of the market (and the vagaries resulting from the ebb and flow of interest), then "yes" I agree. However, the market (eBay, in this instance) is attended by newbies who haven't a clue and will often overpay for items. We could discuss this at length . . .

For the items that one (the books for you, in particular) wishes to track, any compilation would be useful only to those with that particular interest. I don't collect the books (with a few boxed sets of the paperbacks being an exception). So I haven't a clue about the worth of 1st edition, 3rd printing. I have, however, offered comments about the value of various Tolkien calendars to people who have contacted me via my website. You may find it ironic that I based my comments on the hundreds of eBay auctions that I have checked out.

In the end, it comes down to "Do you have the inclination and/or time to do this?" and "Is the result worth the effort?" Only you can answer those questions.

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Posted on: 2006/6/12 16:43


Tolkien Calendar Website Update
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I updated my calendar website. Have added a few new calendars. Updated the Calendar-of-the-Month feature for June (FINALLY!) And, per a suggestion from Beren, categorized a fair number of the calendars by country or society. (Did not categorize the numerous Ballantine or Allen&Unwin - or their successors - issues.) Hope you enjoy!

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Posted on: 2006/6/12 16:30


Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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Had a very nice surprise this week. Vaclav Satava of the Czech TS sent a copy of their 1999 calendar to me. He had hinted that this calendar was "out there" but I had only hoped that he would be able to find a copy of it. The other Czech calendars that are on my website also came from him. He had seen the website and very generously sent both of them without any prior contact from him! I am VERY fortunate to have made the (virtual) acquaintance and had the support of many fellow enthusiasts (as you will note on my website). This is the best part of collecting.

If there is any way that I may support any fellow collectors, you need only drop me a line here or via the website.

OK, 'nuff for now. Have to start a little upgrade that Beren suggested.

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Posted on: 2006/6/10 12:53


Re: Should TolkienGuide track completed eBay auctions?
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Speaking only from my experience picking up Tolkien calendars on eBay: I'm not certain how good a guide to prices it would be. Some bidders get caught up in the auction and pay more than an item should go for (and I have been on both the winning and losing side of such auctions!) So finding a high price and expecting your item to sell for the same is sometimes not realistic. Conversely, an item might sell for a somewhat (or even drastically) lower price than might be expected. This can occur on an eBay auction for which there is no reserve or a low starting bid yet a limited interest (few collectors). In which case, would you list an item for much less than you "know" it's worth? I have heard from eBay sellers that it is MUCH better to be on the selling side rather than the buying side because of the auction frenzy. So how valuable are those prices when it comes to selling (not auctioning) an item?

And then there is the ebb and flow of interest in collectibles. If I were to sell some of the calendars that I have acquired over the years, I doubt that I would recoup the cost of some (generally uncommon or true rarities) that I acquired at the height of the Tolkien craze created by the movies. So a "Guide to eBay prices" would seem to me to be of limited use as prices can fluctuate wildly in a year or two. For true rarities (as I think you may be limiting your database to), the values may remain useful for some time (the caveats above notwithstanding).

You may disagree, but an item is worth only what someone is willing to pay for it. And the best way to determine that is a simple negotiation between buyer and seller.

OK, I have rambled on long enough.

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Posted on: 2006/6/8 16:14


Tolkien Boardgames
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This link definitely belongs in this forum (but I also posted in the "Other Websites" section, too):

www.freewebs.com/tolkienboardgamecollecting/index.htm

It's not my site but I was contacted by the owner. I like it so much that I borrowed his idea for a rarity rating for my calendar website. There is an email link on the site if you wish to contact him.

Posted on: 2006/6/6 20:41



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