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Feb 16, 2009 (edited)
2009/2/16 19:25:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

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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Mar 11
2020/3/11 19:01:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

Stu wrote:

It is one of the things that has always bothered me about those aftermarket slipcases for these (other than being bizarrely arbitrary as a thing for the aftermarket). The other ones that cause me some concern are the replacement cloth slipcases for deluxe HoME.

What are these cloth slipcases?

I also think in this case the eBay seller was deceived, looks like he bought an advertised 500 limited box-set book, then when he tried to sell it on eBay, found out that he had been conned.

The seller wasn't at fault. I emailed to let him know he had reprints (other than CoH) in an aftermarket slipcase and he was very responsive. He himself was either deliberately or mistakenly sold something that wasn't what it purported to be. Which isn't surprising if you produce an outer slipcase that essentially replicates the original and has wording that makes it sound like an original product.

Cloth slipcases in image attached. I'm not saying they are 'wrong' to be produced, but will likely be used to sophisticate books that are missing cases, and that sophistication will likely not be disclosed.

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Mar 13
2020/3/13 22:23:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: jdgotya (258)
Ends 2020/4/14 14:02:37
Buy-It-Now:
$950.00
As always one should be careful of obvious photocopies/printouts of the original signed bookplates...

eBay Item #333329763405
Mar 13
2020/3/13 23:25:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: jdgotya (258)
Ends 2020/4/14 14:02:37
Buy-It-Now:
$950.00

Urulókë wrote:
As always one should be careful of obvious photocopies/printouts of the original signed bookplates...

eBay Item #333329763405

I'm baffled -- that isn't even making an effort.
Mar 15
2020/3/15 15:09:07 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: deewhyrural-and-bookys-emporium (6314)
Ended Mar 27, 2020
Buy-It-Now:
AU $25.00
Wow, there's a real beaut!

"Some wear and marks to cover."

Why even bother listing this?

eBay Item #274307223056
Mar 15
2020/3/15 16:53:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
That is one of the worst looking copies of The Silmarillion I think I've ever seen.
Mar 15
2020/3/15 17:50:00 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
That is one of the worst looking copies of The Silmarillion I think I've ever seen.

Lol. This is true performance.
amazing.
Mar 15
2020/3/15 17:53:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
And it's Book Club.
Mar 28
2020/3/28 5:52:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
£10 book on eBay plus a signature from a chap whose scribble is notoriously easy to acquire at any of the many events he attends. The price seems a bit steep....

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Mar 28
2020/3/28 8:02:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
When I saw this listing I actually thought it might br for one of the deluxe signed editions or something. Then I'm reading the detail & thinking "...am I reading this correctly?"

If this is a standard Hb + AL signature then I don't know quite what to say. That price is shameful.
Mar 29
2020/3/29 0:24:03 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
When I saw this listing I actually thought it might br for one of the deluxe signed editions or something. Then I'm reading the detail & thinking "...am I reading this correctly?"

If this is a standard Hb + AL signature then I don't know quite what to say. That price is shameful.

Yeah, Peter Harrington has had a few eye-raising listings of late. He should really know better - there is fine line between trying to get a premium price and looking for a mug to exploit.
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