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Posted by: Antgeth (
Date: July 05, 2007 10:16PM

browsing through my local bookstore recently i came across TN3; this one to be precise:

i was excited and was about to buy it, when i noticed the price sticker:


i was somewhat shocked by this, especially considering that the price printed inside the dustjacket was 18.99.

is this an unfair price? i know it's somewhat rare, but $65 seemed like way too much. does anyone else have any input?

or is this so coveted that $65 is a good deal?

Re: prices?
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: July 06, 2007 09:40AM

No price is unfair for a second-hand book.

Some are too expensive, but that is up to you, the potential buyer to decide.

If it is a signed, perfect copy, then the price is probably about what I would expect to pay in the U.S.A for the U.K. first edition. (I have seen signed ARCs listed at $180 and they were free....)

I hope this helps.

Re: prices?
Posted by: Antgeth (
Date: July 06, 2007 05:53PM

it was new, perfect, but not signed...

so i wasn't second-hand.

i'm just saying that i couldn't think of anybody would buy it. even i, who am somewhat obsessed about these things, would not buy it for that much.

Re: prices?
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: July 07, 2007 11:36AM

Turning it into a signed copy is not too difficult, so, due to the relative rarity (in the U.S.), the price still does not seem excessive.

If all you want is the story, then the latest paperback version is fine, but collecting first editions is a different fishy steamer.

Collectors are strange people. I should know, we have two in our house.


My computer beat me at chess, but I won at kickboxing

Re: prices?
Posted by: Antgeth (
Date: July 07, 2007 07:30PM

oh no. i would never buy a paperback. my TN1 and 2 are paperbacks, but that's becuase i got them as a present. well, ok, my TN4 is also a paperback, but it's the first UK paperback.

well, i don't want JUST the story, but $65 ain't worth it for me (though tempting). so i bought the first US hardback.

Re: prices?
Posted by: SkidMarks (
Date: July 08, 2007 09:43AM

I wasn't trying to denigrate you in any way.

for what it is worth, I believe your attitude is totally correct and if the price is wrong for you, you did the right thing and got the U.S. edition. Of course I would also have thought that you had done the right thing if you had decided to by the expensive copy: it is your money so your choice.

The important bit is that you enjoyed reading it.



My computer beat me at chess, but I won at kickboxing

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