Tolkien Collector's Guide

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Nov 15, 2018
2018/11/15 19:48:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
No significant buyers remorse here. An occasional "OMG did I just spend THAT much" but that is all. Never been ripped off. Occasionally something goes astray in the post, but sellers (or Amazon/Ebay/PayPal) have always refunded me.
These days it seems more risky to be a seller rather than a buyer on Ebay.
Nov 15, 2018
2018/11/15 21:07:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
(a) Certainly have had Deagol's experience of Spending way too much. The last 3 were a Tolkien lot from England, the cartage was almost equal to the cost of the lot and orders related Tolkien Maker' exhibit items and FoG, in all forms I could get in the US & UK.

(b) Prepaid for the HC boxed set of boxed deluxe volumes: H, LR, S, CoH. Waited. A couple of times the seller told me the release was delayed. I learned others had copies & contacted HC. End game: Seller went broke with my money, no books, no refund. Eventually got a set though.
Nov 25, 2018
2018/11/25 1:00:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
a) I had pre-ordered the deluxe Maker of Middle-earth way back when it was first (erroneously) announced. Not pulling that order meant that I ended up getting it a little cheaper, but when I finally received it, I was ultimately disappointed. It was really nice - just not enough to justify the cost. I may have felt differently had I been able to attend the exhibit. I ended up returning it.

b) I've had plenty of poor experiences, but perhaps most memorable are the two times I've ended up with notices from the USPS about my package being destroyed/lost. The first time I received a partial package of a Tolkien lot I ordered on eBay. The reason for the order was a Nasmith-signed first edition illustrated Silmarillion with the less common dust jacket. That was one of the missing books. The second time was another eBay order, this time of an unsigned, but Fine copy of the same book. This time I just got a notice and no package. My theory is that there's a postal worker who is a Silmarillion fan who likes to keep on eye on my mail. I still don't have a copy of that dang book!
Nov 25, 2018
2018/11/25 1:18:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
(a) Being completist means generally that i don't regret buying anything that shows up as expected. However i have (on many occassions) purchased books only to discover i already have a copy in the collection.

(b) Amazingly (considering the number of books i purchase) i have not had any drastic experiences. The worst offender (and persistant) is Amazon. Poor packing (even with expensive books) has resulted in damaged books on a regular basis and have to go through the painful effort of returning (though sometimes they send a replacement and tell me to keep the original one). I try to avoid them when it makes economic sense (i.e can get cheaper or pay a little more elsewhere).
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