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Re: New Book Releases
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One thing I have noticed is that Book Depository seem to now do consolidated shipping to NZ, and then the parcels are labelled for final delivery from Auckland. So far, so good; The last couple of parcels haven't looked like they went through the meat grinder.

Posted on: 2016/11/2 13:15


Re: New Book Releases
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Velmeran wrote:
May I request of anyone a picture of just Húrin-Sigurd-Arthur-Beowulf-Kullervo (deluxe) standing together?

My copy showed up today from Amazon.co.uk so was able to take a few pics of the ones you requested :)

Pics are a bit unruly in size when put in using the img tag, so will just use links....
http://i.imgur.com/VA6fWpU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/cDNuli7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/MpCivkx.jpg


Thanks for posting those -- looks like the postal service has not been completely kind to some of them!

Posted on: 2016/11/1 23:17


Re: David Miller Slipcases
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Khamûl wrote:
I don't agree. At the very least it adds value to the value of the slipcase itself. They're not worth nothing. Take a book worth, say, £80-90 (not your example, a "common" book; that's a straw man argument, as you're always going to struggle to add value to ten-a-penny books); add a slipcase & it's going to sell for £100. 'Tis fact! Stu, it happens on eBay, so it must be true...

BH


The reason I chose the "common book" example, is this is how I have seen these slipcases used on eBay. Thirty dollars worth of books tied together with slipcase and up for absurd asking prices.

I'll agree that they are not worth nothing, but they aren't worth the retail price second-hand, unless you happen to find a buyer that really wants that exact after-market slipcase. Rebinds and embellishment (facsimile jackets, slipcases, random photocopies of Tolkien's will) are almost always not worth the purchase cost in terms of resale value.

And yes, I've seen a $10 silmarillion up for sale in a DM slipcase.

Now, what they are worth to the individual who choses to purchase them is a different matter. I don't personally see the point (they don't protect the spine from UV and that is the only bit of a book on the shelf that is going to come to harm). But for people who like them, they seem nicely made.

Posted on: 2016/11/1 16:58

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Re: David Miller Slipcases
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Khamûl wrote:
They're fantastic. So is DM; really helpful guy. Also, they do add value. Come on!, they look great...

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Sorry, I really have to disagree. I don't believe they add *financial* value (I chose my wording very specifically). Most embellishments don't. I'm not saying they aren't nice (although I don't personally like the style of slipcase in your image), but a set of common books doesn't suddenly become valuable because you stick them in a nice slipcase (and I'm not arguing that David M. doesn't produce some very nice slipcases -- he does).

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Re: David Miller Slipcases
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Worth pointing out that they aren't "collectable", so they don't add financial value to an ordinarily slipcased book that is missing the original slipcase. They are kind of like facsimile dust jackets in that regard. I'd still consider buying the odd one, but I do recognise a sales tool when I see one (and they seem to be used to justify some pretty out there prices on fairly ordinary books, IMHO).

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