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For Sale

May 13, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace (edited)
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Selling most of my collection. Update: sold a bunch of stuff this weekend. Remaining stuff available 1 lot:

http://cgi.ebay.com/300908178185

Tell me what you like and maybe we can work something out. I only sell batches $200 and up. Otherwise it is too time consuming between packing and the post office. The eBay prices are not the true prices. I prefer not selling through eBay because I have dealt with too many fraud cases over the past 10 years.

I can provide verifiable references and ID information to validate me as a seller in PM or e-mail.

Selling because I no longer have time for the hobby with a growing family.


Re: For Sale

May 14, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Thanks HouseOfLostTales, that's quite a collection! There are a few items that interest me (I sent you a note on eBay about one) but I am limited on what I can bring into the house right now. Hopefully you are getting other inquiries as well.
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May 15, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Thank you. This is all that remains of a vastly larger collection. I moved from the EU to ZA and then to the US over the years. I sold / donated / gifted many items over the years. Unfortunately I do not have the time and energy anymore to appreciate the items.
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May 15, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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What was your focus HouseOfLostTales? I see a lot of translations of The Silmarillion, for example.

BH
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Re: For Sale

May 15, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace (edited)
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My focus was a core of first editions of LOTR in EU languages: all sold 10 years ago. I then collected foreign Silmarillion editions but also sold / gifted many of those. I also collected fan magazines from the 1950s to 1990s and donated all those. I then spent time in ZA and collected Tolkien related materials from his infancy years in Bloemfontein. I donated all that material as well.
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Re: For Sale

May 17, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Is it me or does it look like Tolkien collecting is very subdued? Or is there far more supply than demand for books? I guess a lot of inventory flooded the market after the movies hype.


Re: For Sale

May 17, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace (edited)
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Just look at eBay right now: full of stock clearance sellers (who can't answer questions regarding their own stock); "stock image" auctions (what am I buying?); eBay Mobile posted auctions (with one inarticulate lowercase sentence describing what's on offer); inaccurate Nielsen's publishing information, courtesy of eBay (sellers seem to think this rubbish tells me what book they have); standardised eBay auction titling (everything looks the same); nonsense like the new Global Postage Programme (see forum discussion of this here); the increasing prevalence of actual book dealers who cannot describe condition &/or edition status; etc.

Half of the above can also be applied to various other book sites, including reputable "book" selling sites like Abebooks.

Basically, can't see the wood for the trees, I think. The books (that collectors want) are out there --they're just struggling to compete (& be seen) against an incredible amount of poorly listed (eBay), overpriced (Abebooks) auctions.

BH
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Re: For Sale

May 17, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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Good insights. I guess all the movies junk and related hype volume of books printed does not help either. Tolkien collecting was far more fun before the movies.
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Re: For Sale

May 18, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace
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We have the same feelings about eBay, though we (actually Christina) daily wade through the great mass of chaff looking for increasingly elusive wheat.

There are some relatively recent books we would go after there, if we could - one of the Cascades Hobbits, the first printing of the new HarperCollins film tie-in paperback Hobbit which we somehow managed to miss when it came out last year, the Book People Hobbit with the dust-jacket - but stock images and generic descriptions do indeed make it impossible to know if the copy offered is the copy wanted, and an uncomfortable number of sellers won't ship to the U.S.A.

We would have bid for three of the Silmarillion translations HouseofLostTales offered on eBay - Greek 1996, Korean 1997, and Romanian 1999 - but didn't want to bid for the larger lot these were in, as we have everything else in it and didn't want to have to try to dispose of so many duplicates.


Wayne & Christina


Re: For Sale

May 18, 2013 - in Collector's Marketplace (edited)
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Update: all books have found a new home. Thank you for your interest and all the best. Namárië!
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