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Started by HerrWalrus on Jan 7, 2019 7:31:12 PM
Second hand books that are surprisingly pricey.

Some of Derren Brown's books have gone down the 1 penny (+postage) route. But certain titles eg Pure Effect and Absolute Magic command three-figure sums online.

HerrWalrus - 07 Jan 2019 19:32:02 (#1 of 23)

Check out the biography of the wrestler Dynamite Kid, or the American Bob Backlund.

HorstVogel - 07 Jan 2019 20:35:50 (#2 of 23)

The Farming Ladder by G. Henderson - 40 odd Quid

Das Moortagebuch by Robert Häusser : used €30, €100 for mint condition (still wrapped)

Dayraven - 07 Jan 2019 20:42:35 (#3 of 23)

Some might be cases where, though the demand isn’t that big, the supply is smaller. (That particularly goes for ‘new’ copies of books that are decades old.)

Others cases of people taking a wild guess at what the book might be worth, or algorithms running amok.

Bribaba - 07 Jan 2019 20:44:22 (#4 of 23)

Hotel Nirvana by Harold Norse - a snip at £86.53 (Amazon).

barkis - 07 Jan 2019 20:44:43 (#5 of 23)

As I was reminded watching "Antiques Roadshow" yesterday, current collectibility can reflect initial unpopularity. In the AR case it was a Clarice Cliffe design which she withdrew because it wasn't selling. Early editions of Wisden are also like golddust because not many were printed. I've no idea if that is relevant to the works of Derren Brown (who I don't think I've heard of).

HerrWalrus - 07 Jan 2019 21:03:08 (#6 of 23)

Derren Brown is the illusionist/magician chappie.

WibbleAgain - 07 Jan 2019 21:19:30 (#7 of 23)

I placed an order for this book:

when he died. At the time of the order there were several sellers listing them from £48 (the one I ordered from) up to something like £120. I got an email from the seller telling me they're sorry but they hadn't been able to source it, quite understandably. After several months of getting periodic notices that they'll send as soon as they're able to source it, etc., I tried to cancel the order, but the Amazon website doesn't allow that after however many months. So the order is still outstanding.

Shadrack22 - 07 Jan 2019 21:21:05 (#8 of 23)

Signed first edition of David Peace’s The Damned United. £145. The price is presumably driven up by demand from Leeds United supporters.

HorseEasyEast - 07 Jan 2019 21:21:14 (#9 of 23)

I’ve never been able to find Knut Hamsen’s Hunger. Anyone read it?

InternationalVicar - 07 Jan 2019 21:25:05 (#10 of 23)

I tried to find a copy of Pure Effect years ago. Failed. Started to believe it was just another Derren set up.

InternationalVicar - 07 Jan 2019 21:27:30 (#11 of 23)

There's also a phenomenon whereby sellers exploit poor information and overprice rare books massively in the hope of hooking an unwary internet customer in a hurry

Delighted_User - 07 Jan 2019 21:28:47 (#12 of 23)

"I’ve never been able to find Knut Hamsen’s Hunger."

It doesn't seem terribly difficult to find, or particularly expensive:

I'm sure I've seen it in public libraries as well.

Delighted_User - 07 Jan 2019 21:30:51 (#13 of 23)

"I tried to find a copy of Pure Effect years ago. Failed. Started to believe it was just another Derren set up."

By contrast, that one is rather dear:

Is my Google different from everyone else's?

WibbleAgain - 07 Jan 2019 21:35:33 (#14 of 23)

I love Amazon for this kind of thing:

where one volume out of a series of three sells for £33 to £116, but Exotic India sells the three volume set for £68 plus the usual £2.80 for pp.

Sometimes I order them from where the book catalogue is much larger and therefore some books are "current" rather than "rare", at least for the sort of things that I like. Not all sellers ship to the UK though, even though they sometimes list on Systems, I suppose.

uranrising - 08 Jan 2019 12:10:23 (#15 of 23)

I’ve never been able to find Knut Hamsen’s Hunger. Anyone read it?

I have read it, and also seen the rather fine 60s film version, available here

(edit) It is one of the ten films listed in Denmark's cultural canon by the Danish Ministry of Culture.(wiki)

- Knut Hamsen

+ Knut Hamsun

Delighted_User - 08 Jan 2019 12:15:22 (#16 of 23)

Pity about the Nazi stuff.

TinyMcOtter - 08 Jan 2019 12:15:38 (#17 of 23)

Photography and art books books are often randomly cheap or stupidly expensive. Also obscure academic books.

MontyPeculiar - 08 Jan 2019 13:18:42 (#18 of 23)

I read Hunger about 25 years ago, and I do recall it being quite difficult to track down a copy (pre-internet obvs) but it seems to be readily available now.

bossab2 - 08 Jan 2019 13:34:43 (#19 of 23)

Hardback " professional " books hold their value ( helped by new copies being £60!)

FredDee - 08 Jan 2019 13:37:03 (#20 of 23)

Hardback " professional " books hold their value

Trout Fishing by JR Hartley ?

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