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Feb 16, 2009 (edited)

Having just spent a lot of money on what I think is a rare item, eBay often comes up trumps with what can only be described as What????

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Apr 29
Had an inscription too... I still wanted it, but not that badly
May 3
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Seller: cv00030 (2551)
Ended May 1, 2019
£127.00
[39 Bids]
Why?

Edit: Ahhh, now I see. Our favourite eBayer cv00030. The listing was private, and therefore any cautious buyer would have to assume shill bidding was a high risk (there is no reason that I can think of for private listing of non-sensitive items other than to make shill bidding less obvious).

eBay Item #113724923501
May 15
Seller: rsabooksellersoz (2664)
Ended Jul 14, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
AU $79.99
eBay Item #303154224226

Wow! This is a complete disaster!
May 15

Jlong wrote:

Wow! This is a complete disaster!


That... is a complete disaster. Recycling, or compost bin? Tough choice.
May 15
Seller: cv00030 (2551)
Ended May 1, 2019
£127.00
[39 Bids]

Stu wrote:
Why?

Edit: Ahhh, now I see. Our favourite eBayer cv00030. The listing was private, and therefore any cautious buyer would have to assume shill bidding was a high risk (there is no reason that I can think of for private listing of non-sensitive items other than to make shill bidding less obvious).

eBay Item #113724923501


Note to eBay buyers - protected bidding is a huge, huge warning sign that something shady is going on for anything a Tolkien collector might be interested in (really, almost any collector). If you look at the bidding history for this item, it is clear that the seller (through another account) was placing extremely high bids in order to see what the real bidder's top value was, then cancelling the high bid and placing another bid just under. This causes the real bidder to pay top dollar for the book even though there was no real competition for it. This is illegal (not just against eBay terms and conditions, it is actually illegal).

Avoid this seller, and avoid private auctions on eBay!

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May 15
Seller: cv00030 (2551)
Ended May 1, 2019
£127.00
[39 Bids]

Urulókë wrote:

Stu wrote:
Why?

Edit: Ahhh, now I see. Our favourite eBayer cv00030. The listing was private, and therefore any cautious buyer would have to assume shill bidding was a high risk (there is no reason that I can think of for private listing of non-sensitive items other than to make shill bidding less obvious).

eBay Item #113724923501


Note to eBay buyers - protected bidding is a huge, huge warning sign that something shady is going on for anything a Tolkien collector might be interested in (really, almost any collector). If you look at the bidding history for this item, it is clear that the seller (through another account) was placing extremely high bids in order to see what the real bidder's top value was, then cancelling the high bid and placing another bid just under. This causes the real bidder to pay top dollar for the book even though there was no real competition for it. This is illegal (not just against eBay terms and conditions, it is actually illegal).

Avoid this seller, and avoid private auctions on eBay!



Also worth stating, you should NEVER use eBay's proxy bidding - EVER. This is essentially what unscrupulous sellers like this one take advantage of to find the unwary buyer's max price. Always bid on eBay using a bid sniping service such as Auction Sniper. This prevents the shyster seller from having time to suss out your max bid and then retracting. It is still possible to be shilled when using a sniper, but the risk is much, much lower.

And like Uruloke says, just don't buy from sellers that list privately. In 99% of cases they are doing it to try and rip you off. If they are trying to rip you off on price, what else are they trying to rip you off on?
May 15
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This is comedy gold, so sticking it in the Wonders of thread, even though it is not Tolkien related.

He has bought a first edition paperback of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from a charity shop/thrift store and gets all excited as he completely misunderstands the number line in books

The misunderstanding on the number line is about 40 seconds in.

He shows a hardback of The Deathly Hallows, which has First edition on the number line, over 8 million copies were printed of the first edition.

May 16
Seller: dogfark (2092)
Ended Jun 15, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
£359.10
Another overpriced book from this seller:

eBay Item #233229762650
May 18
Seller: cv00030 (2598)
Ends Sep 5, 2019 11:27:52 AM
Buy-It-Now:
£499.99
More utter BS from cv00030. Apparently "Unwin Hyman printed very few books for Tolkien, and this set is testament to that unusual time in the Tolkien print history."....

Alternatively, I'd say: Late impressions of these books that aren't worth more than £30 each (and are really, really easy to find).

eBay Item #113524772964
May 28
Seller: firstandfine (1069)
Ended Jun 24, 2019
Buy-It-Now:
£2,500.00
eBay Item #264339463967

7,000 copies were printed of ‘The Return of the King’ in its first print run. There are several states or variants of the first edition, with a ‘4’ or without a ‘4’ on page 49. Tolkien bibliography experts change their minds every few years what state precedes the other. Thus, we prefer the term variant to state.


Sheesh... you guys should just make up your minds already!
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