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23 June
2024-6-23 7:38:53 PM UTC
Very good dust-jacket spine.

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Seller: willenhospiceventuresltd
(20153)
Ended Jun 30, 2024
£83.00
[10 Bids]
23 June (edited)
2024-6-23 7:56:12 PM UTC

Trotter wrote:

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Seller: detoxicwarrior
(567)
Ended Jun 23, 2024
£999.00
[1 Bids]


A few months ago this would have sold for quite a bit lot more. I'm definitely seeing a lot of signs that the post-COVID Tolkien bubble is in its deflation phase now. Seeing this in a lot of asset classes that got irrationally pumped.

Edit: I think inflation and cost of living issues are really starting to bite, so unless something is "investor class" (e.g. a 1st Hobbit with a fantastic jacket), prices will slide back to a more normal status quo (I don't personally see a return to pre-COVID pricing though, when Tolkien was in a notable lull).
24 June
2024-6-24 1:17:07 AM UTC

The late Stu wrote:

Trotter wrote:

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Seller: detoxicwarrior
(567)
Ended Jun 23, 2024
£999.00
[1 Bids]


A few months ago this would have sold for quite a bit lot more. I'm definitely seeing a lot of signs that the post-COVID Tolkien bubble is in its deflation phase now. Seeing this in a lot of asset classes that got irrationally pumped.

Edit: I think inflation and cost of living issues are really starting to bite, so unless something is "investor class" (e.g. a 1st Hobbit with a fantastic jacket), prices will slide back to a more normal status quo (I don't personally see a return to pre-COVID pricing though, when Tolkien was in a notable lull).

I’m really crossing my fingers that this is true. I’m so disappointed to have missed this, because it is squarely in my budget, and anything much higher than this is totally out of my budget. Many book sellers on eBay are charging this for 2nd edition hobbits.
24 June
2024-6-24 3:14:46 AM UTC

Halbarad wrote:

The late Stu wrote:

Trotter wrote:

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Seller: detoxicwarrior
(567)
Ended Jun 23, 2024
£999.00
[1 Bids]


A few months ago this would have sold for quite a bit lot more. I'm definitely seeing a lot of signs that the post-COVID Tolkien bubble is in its deflation phase now. Seeing this in a lot of asset classes that got irrationally pumped.

Edit: I think inflation and cost of living issues are really starting to bite, so unless something is "investor class" (e.g. a 1st Hobbit with a fantastic jacket), prices will slide back to a more normal status quo (I don't personally see a return to pre-COVID pricing though, when Tolkien was in a notable lull).

I’m really crossing my fingers that this is true. I’m so disappointed to have missed this, because it is squarely in my budget, and anything much higher than this is totally out of my budget. Many book sellers on eBay are charging this for 2nd edition hobbits.

I think it is important to distinguish between "charging" and "asking". I see a lot of books that simply aren't moving. That said, I would expect a really nice early second edition with a really nice jacket to go for more than this. I actually think that 1946 went for fair value, really -- and that's something we are only recently starting to see happening again.
24 June
2024-6-24 5:49:00 AM UTC

Halbarad wrote:

I’m really crossing my fingers that this is true. I’m so disappointed to have missed this, because it is squarely in my budget, and anything much higher than this is totally out of my budget. Many book sellers on eBay are charging this for 2nd edition hobbits.

If you are interested in First Edition Hobbits then keep an eye on this thread, as nearly all listed US & UK 1st editions are posted here, Auction Hobbits will get their own posts. You can also get notifications via email of new posts in a particular forum, https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... php?topic_id=1425&forum=8
24 June
2024-6-24 9:36:14 AM UTC
I bid on this one. For what I know from the seller, it was sold for 1200 £ or a little bit more.
24 June
2024-6-24 9:51:55 AM UTC

Druss wrote:

I bid on this one. For what I know from the seller, it was sold for 1200 £ or a little bit more.

Yes - when there is a best offer on the listing - Ebay seems to show the starting bid price rather the price that the item actually sold at (when the offer is accepted).
24 June
2024-6-24 10:31:18 AM UTC

remy wrote:

Druss wrote:

I bid on this one. For what I know from the seller, it was sold for 1200 £ or a little bit more.

Yes - when there is a best offer on the listing - Ebay seems to show the starting bid price rather the price that the item actually sold at (when the offer is accepted).

eBay is such a trainwreck.

£1200 is still a *lot* less than this would have gone for a year ago (though I do feel I have seen Best Offer prices list correctly when they are higher than the start price. No guarantee that is still the case or always the case. I've also seen the prices appear to come good after a couple of days).
24 June
2024-6-24 10:34:50 AM UTC

Druss wrote:

I bid on this one. For what I know from the seller, it was sold for 1200 £ or a little bit more.

I thought the best offer option went away once there was a bid? Or have they changed that?
24 June
2024-6-24 10:43:14 AM UTC

The late Stu wrote:


(though I do feel I have seen Best Offer prices list correctly when they are higher than the start price. No guarantee that is still the case or always the case. I've also seen the prices appear to come good after a couple of days).

I made an offer on a book last week 20th June (higher than starting price). It was accepted. The starting price is still showing now rather than the price it sold at.

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