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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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This guy has got to be kidding - $45!. I picked this paperback up in a used book store recently for less than $1. They say ebay is a gong show and I guess it's self-proclaimed "experts" like this that make it that way.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/YOUNG-MAGICIAN ... tible&hash=item19ce01fa0e



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Special De luxe issue? Limited numbers?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOLKIEN-GUIDE ... Books&hash=item19ce03b2ba

quote - Like most expensive deluxe editions, only a certain number will be printed, and when they are gone, they will SKYROCKET in price, just like the History of the World anthologies which are now selling for 5 times their original release price! If you are a Tolkien collector, get this NOW while the price is only moderatly unreasonable... :)




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garm wrote:
Special De luxe issue? Limited numbers?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOLKIEN-GUIDE ... Books&hash=item19ce03b2ba

quote - Like most expensive deluxe editions, only a certain number will be printed, and when they are gone, they will SKYROCKET in price, just like the History of the World anthologies which are now selling for 5 times their original release price! If you are a Tolkien collector, get this NOW while the price is only moderatly unreasonable... :)





Yep, good old alan-53 who always writes this big spiel about how he hates people being ripped off by so-called-rare items that aren't and then always proceeds to create listings that many would consider to be ripping people off with so-called-rare items that aren't. I think he is about the worst Tolkien offender on eBay.

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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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I once asked alan-53 about the review copy of The Silmarillion that he has listed; it's been listed for a few years now.

Delux British SILMARILLION New Text & MAP w/Tolkien Cvr

He has up an image of the 2007 cover, but claims it has a 1999 review slip laid-in. I've no doubt he actually does have a 1999 copy, but has lazily listed with an image which is not the item in question. (Either that, or the 1999 reference is in error.) Anyway, despite the fact that I'm very much the kind of person to buy this sort of item (if he had just clarified what was for sale), I ended up not, as the reply was so hostile. Still for sale, a couple of years later...

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Re: The Wonders of eBay
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This is actually a sort-of serious point. I often wonder what people think when they read these kind of disclaimers; & what purpose the sellers, who use them, feel they ultimately have.

eBay seller dogfark has the following disclaimer, in relation to refunds:-
If physical condition not as described or has been seriously misrepresented. No refund, warranty, implied or stated, is offered on the accuracy of the description, scarcity and value. On higher priced books, it is always recommended the buyer seek expert advice before making a bid.


Quite why, as a seller, you would contemplate any of the detail in your listing as possibly being construed as "seriously misrepresented", I don't know. The second sentence, to me, makes little sense e.g. a refund would be given (under the terms the seller themselves states in the preceding sentence) if the description wasn't accurate.

Anyway, it's really the last statement that baffles me. In the Festival Art and Books website Mark Faith (I assume, since the website address is still "MarkFaithBooks.com") states:-
I deal primarily in modern first editions specializing in the authors Tolkien and Wilbur A. Smith...


and, further on:-
Within J.R.R Tolkien, I deal mostly in early, expensive first edition books as well as Tolkien related art and other memorabilia as this is linked to another business venture of mine. I list only few titles, but provide a bespoke sourcing service, both buying and selling, for private collectors....


I just wonder why one would not expect Festival Art and Books themselves not to be expert enough. Why, when purchasing something expensive, would I not expect this Tolkien "specialist", & someone who mainly deals in early (& expensive) first editions books, to provide this level of security when I purchase from them? Why would I feel it necessary to go and consult another "expert" before bidding?

This kind of disclaimer puts me off, as a buyer. The same applies when a seller offers no refund. Any thoughts?

BH

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