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    Default The *declining* Stephen King Market

    I was thinking of selling my DT set (3-7) matching numbers...but the market is so friggin soft, id barely be able to pay the ebay fees.

    Anyone else have theories on how the King Market will improve? Maybe with the revised Gunslinger?

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    I'm not sure that the revised Gunslinger will improve the market. Most folks won't hear about it. The comics may be bringing a new group into the DT world--that might help.

    The DT market (since I've been watching over the last couple of years) does fluctuate. With e-bay, it's not always about the market, it's often about the timing.

    I've seen a 2nd Edition Gunslinger go for $100 one day and a comparable copy go a week later for $230.

    A 1st can go for $700 one day and $420 the next.

    It's wild.

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    I think the market is very soft, and I don't see anything-Revised Gunslinger, the passing of King giving it a real boost. Only my opinion, but most people selling now who bought at the paek are going to lose money.
    I agree on the e-bay timing thing, but the higher the overall price, the less timing has an effect. If an item sells one week at $100 and two weks later for $200 the pertentage difference is high, but the real difference is only a 100 bucks.
    I don't think you seee that type of percentage fluctuation on a $2,500 item.

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    But do you think that high profile items are still keeping their price? Maybe not the way it was a few years ago - but lets say we see a set of 1-6 Green Mile proofs...do you think it would go for the price tag it deserves?

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    Short answer-no.
    I bet The Asbestos Firestarter that Gunks sold went for far less than he expected-to the delight of the purchaser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Short answer-no.
    I bet The Asbestos Firestarter that Gunks sold went for far less than he expected-to the delight of the purchaser.
    I agree, no.

    Damn I can't remember who the bookseller is. Very Fine Books, maybe? just listed a S/N Salem's Lot S/N The Stand and Transgressions all at about a third off what they've been asking for the past year. Reason being, no one has bought the books at the price they set well over a year ago.

    If your selling that stinks Dolan, but as a buyer I'm glad the market is soft. King items are too high priced. $1,800 for a S/N Salem's lot is just ridiculous, imo.

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    I haven't decided to sell yet. Doesn't mean I wouldn't entertain the idea of selling - but because of the market, I am not dying to trade it out.

    Plus, with the new Gunslinger coming out, it might cause me to keep them.

    Who knows. I need some cash for something I want - and the DT s/l books are something I didwant, but no longer feel the need to keep around.

    Thus my thoughts on selling...

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    Is this your only set, Dolan? It seems to be a holy grail of DT collectors. I don't have a single s/l, and likely won't for a while. But, I love the books I have!

    Though the market as a whole may not strengthen, there's always the chance that you'll catch a pocket of hype (as you said with the new Gunslinger coming out).

    Good luck!

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    Bill, it seems like the S/Ls of books 5, 6 and 7 would be pretty easy to come by on the cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Bill, it seems like the S/Ls of books 5, 6 and 7 would be pretty easy to come by on the cheap.
    Yes, comparitively, they definitely are. I'm always looking for a real bargain. I'm a cheap-ass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedfulKings View Post
    Is this your only set, Dolan? It seems to be a holy grail of DT collectors. I don't have a single s/l, and likely won't for a while. But, I love the books I have!

    Though the market as a whole may not strengthen, there's always the chance that you'll catch a pocket of hype (as you said with the new Gunslinger coming out).

    Good luck!
    This is my only set - but it's not something that is a holy grail for me...thus the interest in selling...but...I dunnp

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    *off topic* what is your grail? I'm sure you've said it before, but I can't remember.

    A matching set (3-7) may yield more if sold individually. A collector would get the first and then battle hard for the remaining 4. I know a set sold (in individual auctions) less than a year ago. I don't remember the specifics, but the same buyer wound up with most of them. But, not all....

    It goes without saying, but if you decide to sell, let us here know.

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    Roy from Badmoon books is offering copies #178 editions 4-7 for a BIN price of $2,900. That would make your 3-7 (assuming matching #'s) worth ~4K in this market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedfulKings View Post
    *off topic* what is your grail? I'm sure you've said it before, but I can't remember.

    A matching set (3-7) may yield more if sold individually. A collector would get the first and then battle hard for the remaining 4. I know a set sold (in individual auctions) less than a year ago. I don't remember the specifics, but the same buyer wound up with most of them. But, not all....

    It goes without saying, but if you decide to sell, let us here know.

    Well, my grail is the S/L of The Regulators or The Stand. Not much of a grail, but not having either isnt making me uneasy or unhappy - but if that means selling these books in order to get one of those (or both), then so be it.

    I would entertain the thought of a sale if someone is serious about it. Randall's quote of $4000 is very realistic since I bought 3-7 and a PC copy of #2 for $5,000.

    Really...it sits on my book shelf and I just dont care about it. I can look at every one of my books and miss it if I didnt have it. These, I wouldnt feel bad about selling.

    The only reason I bought them was because a guy was going to sell them, and if he didnt sell them, he was going to split them up. I would rather keep them than split them...

    So while I am not formally selling them yet, if anyone is interested, do let me know. I am willing to trade The Stand/Regulators as well...and work out a cash deal for the rest. Who knows.

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    Sadly, a 3-7 DT series received no bids with an opening of $3,000.
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    I wish I had some spare cash! I'm not in a hurry, but I keep watching.

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    The market is as soft as it ever has been in my memory.
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    Yes it is, but some items seem to still hold strong prices. A few that come to mind are (feel free to copy this list and add to it):
    • The Regulator S/L (I used to have 3, I wish I'd kept them all)
    • Creepshow
    • Rage
    Thoughts people? What other SK books still seem to command good prices?

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    lettered From a buick 8 maybe.
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    Itīs going to be interesting to see what the price will be on rusty3691 E-bay auctions.

    Worldwide shipping with starting price on 0.99$

    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZrusty3691

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    as RF stated I think that even the death of king would only bring a moderate rasie in price for a short period. I think the real price incress will be years done the road.

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    Maybe if we get a successful movie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by super sam View Post
    Itīs going to be interesting to see what the price will be on rusty3691 E-bay auctions.

    Worldwide shipping with starting price on 0.99$

    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZrusty3691
    Welcome to these boards, super sam!!

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    Quick look at prices from the beginning, and just a few years ago:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jhanic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by super sam View Post
    Itīs going to be interesting to see what the price will be on rusty3691 E-bay auctions.

    Worldwide shipping with starting price on 0.99$

    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZrusty3691
    Welcome to these boards, super sam!

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    Yes, welcome!

    There sure are a lot of matching numbers in that collection up for auction.
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