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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????

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/50th-Anniversar ... |65%3A3|39%3A1|240%3A1318
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Dec 17, 2010
This is ridiculous indeed. I actually had to go back and look a second time because I thought it was just a high asking price. I hadn't even considered that it had bids that high! The only explanation I can muster is from an ebay experience of my own. I had listed a copy of the Deluxe History of Middle Earth Part II, which at the time was typically fetching $250 to $300, from the other auctions I had been watching. By the end, my auction somehow reached nearly $800, and I thought I had hit the jackpot (relatively speaking, that is). After a few days of non-payment, I contacted the bidder, who had no idea about the auction and was not even a Tolkien fan. It turned out that his account had been hijacked and bids were placed without his knowing. Maybe a similar situation on the ACE set?
Dec 17, 2010
Like alpingloin I looked at this link & thought the initial asking price was $500; not that several people had bid that high. This must be in error. The $499 bid is straight out of the blue, with the one below it at around $10 --this doesn't sound plausible. Perhaps rogue bidding as you suggest alpingloin...

BH
Dec 17, 2010
Yes, either "rogue bidding," or quite possibly a seller using multiple accounts to bid up their own item and give the appearance of demand. We'll have to wait for the end and see if the item is ever re-listed again to know if it truly sold.
Jan 13, 2011
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Jan 13, 2011
It refers to Royd Tolkien, great grandson of J.R.R.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1596668/bio
Jan 21, 2011
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Can anyone decipher what you are getting from this sale, defeats me

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Bilbos-Last-Son ... ain_3&hash=item2a0d8461bc

Jan 24, 2011
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I don't know why but books in this condition make me very sad, why could they not be looked after better

"In good condition but without dustjacket and maps, lettering on spine slightly faded, very valuable and collectible." In good condition ????


Jan 24, 2011
There are some - not on this website, but some folk on another website on which I lurk - who would call a sorry-looking book like that 'well-loved'!

If it were a horse or a dog, folk would be up in arms!
Jan 24, 2011
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This seller has some other "well-loved" items for sale as well

I completely agree with garm's comment

by garm on 2011/1/24 19:52:46 There are some - not on this website, but some folk on another website on which I lurk - who would call a sorry-looking book like that 'well-loved'! If it were a horse or a dog, folk would be up in arms!



http://shop.ebay.co.uk/ajphillips73/m ... rksid=p3911.c0.m270.l1313

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Jan 24, 2011
Ack! I don't have to look, because I can tell by the silver circle 'round the title, and the lettering, that this is a fourth impression of the 1st ed. FR.

What a state to let a book - any book - get into!
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