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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

Posted on: 2012/3/2 9:22
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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...

BH


Posted on: 2012/3/2 8:51
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Re: Early Hobbit Edition on Ebay
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Just to add, because it wasn't clear in the initial auction, that I can ship internationally and if there are people here from abroad who would be interested you can bid on the book.

Posted on: 2012/2/29 9:54


Re: Gawain and the Green Knight
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Very nice. You've been a busy boy.

Posted on: 2012/2/28 14:01
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While we were in Oxford at the weekend, we went to the "Romance of the Middle Ages" exhibition at the Bodleian Library (of course!) It had a manuscript page from The Two Towers - and the original manuscript of Gawain and the Green Knight - and lots of other wonderful things. But possibly best of all, it had the Tolkien / Gordon edition of Gawain, annotated by CS Lewis! There's a picture here:
http://medievalromance.bodleian.ox.ac ... wain_and_the_Green_Knight

- wellinghall

Posted on: 2012/2/28 10:17



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