The Ring of Words
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Oct 27, 2014
2014/10/27 20:32:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Auction listed as

"J R R Tolkien - The Silmarillion", does not just include the trade paperback :(

One for Khamûl, it has a Silmarillion in it.

eBay Item #191389757982
Oct 28, 2014
2014/10/28 3:33:32 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:
Auction listed as

"J R R Tolkien - The Silmarillion", does not just include the trade paperback :(

One for Khamûl, it has a Silmarillion in it.

eBay Item #191389757982


This is like almost any other copy of the Silmarillion. I see the listing includes the phrase "Status - unread"...

I'd love to know the percentage of copies of Tolkien books generally that have actually been read. It is pretty low, I think. Whenever you see a boxed set of LOTR paperbacks, only the first book usually has signs of reading. I think a lot of them are purchased as gifts.
Oct 29, 2014
2014/10/29 6:26:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The price on this book is not the issue for me; the grading as very good + seems rather questionable given the condition of the spine.

eBay Item #251695537181
Oct 29, 2014
2014/10/29 6:29:03 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Another one of those "Rare" 3rd edition, 20th printings. What a joke! The book might be worth $1.50.

eBay Item #111498201062
Oct 29, 2014
2014/10/29 6:33:29 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Sorry, one more. This one made me laugh: "“Very possibly the worst copy on eBay."

Why even bother listing it then?

eBay Item #361095194805
Oct 30, 2014
2014/10/30 10:42:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
eBay Item #271647382432
I have to admit, this early bid really surprised me. £100? Really?

BH
Oct 30, 2014
2014/10/30 10:58:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
eBay Item #171522063243
RARE alert!

I have to admit it, I don't recall ever seeing an ordinary Billing Silmarillion for sale for $500...

BH
Oct 30, 2014
2014/10/30 23:16:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
eBay Item #271647382432
I have to admit, this early bid really surprised me. £100? Really?

BH


Every chance it is a shill bid.
Nov 2, 2014
2014/11/2 14:34:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

Every chance it is a shill bid.

It sold, so not a very good shill bid
Nov 3, 2014
2014/11/3 6:11:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

Stu wrote:

Every chance it is a shill bid.

It sold, so not a very good shill bid

Yeah, but that happens all the time. I've seen research that suggests roughly 10% of eBay auctions are shilled. Plus, the item can sell, then the seller just opens a no-pay dispute against with the shill account, and it hasn't cost them anything. Not saying that is the case here, but just because something sells, doesn't mean it sold to a real bidder. look how often things pop back onto the market a couple of weeks after apparently selling.
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