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    Wow, some of the books have a 30%-40% lower market value than only 2 years ago.

    Salems lot 1500$ to 900$ -40%
    Cujo 1000$ to 650$ -35%
    Six stories 1250$ to 750$ -40%
    Eyes otd. 1000$ to 650$ -35%

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. Within the past few months, I sold a PC Six Stories for $600 and a flatsigned 1st edition Carrie (NF/NF, not ex-library) for only $1000 to Stu at Bett's. Several shrinkwrapped copies of DoTT Grant firsts at $35 each. He wouldn't even make me an offer on 2 S/L Black Houses, saying they would go for less than issue price. And the one that hurts me the most is Gunkslinger sold a complete same-number DT set for less than $10k. These were going at $15,000-$20,000 just 2 years ago.
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    Yeah, It really soft right now. It would have been much better if the seires would have continued.

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    Another one that decreased a lot is W&G 1st
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    how much is that one going for now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airtraffic View Post
    how much is that one going for now?
    Once in awhile you can get it for right around $100. For months it held at $200, but has been steadily declining over the last year.
    Captain, Road Prison 36 : What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.

    Dragline : Nothin'. A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin'. Just like today when he kept comin' back at me - with nothin'.
    Luke : Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand
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    Grant Wizard and Glass

    But tippy4 is current high bidder.

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    I saw one go for 75 last month.
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    I was going to go for that W&G but the zero feedback seller drove me away. I think of this "soft" market as a perfect time to be collecting. I still haven't started on anything yet, but I have been eyeballing everything and getting a good idea on what I want. I'm trying to stay away because once I start I won't stop, but I know eventually I will give in anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flair View Post
    I was going to go for that W&G but the zero feedback seller drove me away. I think of this "soft" market as a perfect time to be collecting. I still haven't started on anything yet, but I have been eyeballing everything and getting a good idea on what I want. I'm trying to stay away because once I start I won't stop, but I know eventually I will give in anyways.
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    Captain, Road Prison 36 : What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.

    Dragline : Nothin'. A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin'. Just like today when he kept comin' back at me - with nothin'.
    Luke : Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand
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    I totally agree with flair's comment, it really is a buyers market right now.

    I promised my wife I would stick to DT stuff only

    as opposed to SK's other books
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    Actually, I think the other books are a better bet...the DT series, being complete, isn't something people are going to start in the middle of, but you can always buy and sell an Eyes of the Dragon, for instance..

    The old limiteds will be okay, though not nearly their peak...it's the newer ones like Black House or Colorado Kid that won't see any meaningful appreciation for a long time...

    I don't see anything, movie or otherwise, helping the market in a dramatic way...I think it's going to stay this way for the forseeable future, with the only increase maybe a normal adjustment for inflation. Sucks, but oh well, and I say that as someone with a pretty sizable collection, so believe me I don't think it's very cool...haha! Actually, I've been paring my collection down to the core essentials, and as long as you don't need to sell, I think you'd be okay selling.

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    Thank you Rahfa--that was some very useful information
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    Here in Argentina the opposite is happening. King books are more expensive than ever before...

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    Intresting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahfa View Post
    Actually, I think the other books are a better bet...the DT series, being complete, isn't something people are going to start in the middle of, but you can always buy and sell an Eyes of the Dragon, for instance..

    The old limiteds will be okay, though not nearly their peak...it's the newer ones like Black House or Colorado Kid that won't see any meaningful appreciation for a long time...

    I don't see anything, movie or otherwise, helping the market in a dramatic way...I think it's going to stay this way for the forseeable future, with the only increase maybe a normal adjustment for inflation. Sucks, but oh well, and I say that as someone with a pretty sizable collection, so believe me I don't think it's very cool...haha! Actually, I've been paring my collection down to the core essentials, and as long as you don't need to sell, I think you'd be okay selling.


    Good post. I agree...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    ... I would stick to DT stuff only

    as opposed to SK's other books
    Yeah, I told myself that when I started, too.

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    Me too, Patrick! I started small....and plan to go BIG someday! I'm hooked.

    Less than 2 years ago I paid $300 for all 7 Grant Editions, with the Gunslinger being a price-clipped 2nd edition and the final three in the series being the Grant/Scribners.

    I still think that with W&G and the Gunslinger, I got my money's worth and could recoup if need be.

    I admit that I WANT more. I feel bad for those who invested when the market was strong. I will still "buy into" that market one day.

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    I think she was mentioned in the ebay Auctions thread, but the person who I bought the Twice the Power proof (and I was the only bid) has been trying to sell her collection it seems. She's had probably 95% of her auctions go through with no bids, because the prices were too high. And I've seen her re-list some items at a cheaper price and they still go through with no bids.

    Although I've seen a few go through with quite a few bids. A signed Needful Things I think had about 5 bidders and was at about $350 when I checked, but it seems for one sale, another 5 go unsold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gguthrie View Post
    I think she was mentioned in the ebay Auctions thread, but the person who I bought the Twice the Power proof (and I was the only bid) has been trying to sell her collection it seems. She's had probably 95% of her auctions go through with no bids, because the prices were too high. And I've seen her re-list some items at a cheaper price and they still go through with no bids.

    Although I've seen a few go through with quite a few bids. A signed Needful Things I think had about 5 bidders and was at about $350 when I checked, but it seems for one sale, another 5 go unsold.
    Yes, you are referring to Tinah3, who hails from lovely Canada to our North. At one point masybe 4-5 years ago, she was buying everything that came up on eBay and for somer pretty hefty premium prices. So it is no wonder that she is listing them at high prices...just trying to recoup her investment.
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    Wow, a copy of the regulators S/L went for $475
    Two years ago the market value was $950 = -50%

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    im sorry idk were to sell SK books

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    Quote Originally Posted by super sam View Post
    Wow, a copy of the regulators S/L went for $475
    Two years ago the market value was $950 = -50%
    Wow...all those auctions went for pretty low money, Regulators especially...a lettered Borderlands at $378, Desperation at $270, and a Black House for $238 - wasn't the issue price $225?

    I debated bidding on the Regulators, but the market is just too soft...and of course, it's that exact type of thinking that means a soft market will continue...

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    I think the regulators might have sold for so low due to the dent on the box. Otherwise, in mint condition, I think it would have fetched more, IMO. The lettered Borderlands had scuffs too, otherwise I would have put in a bid on it.

    But then again, his other listings didn't go for very high, either.

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    I bid on that 400.
    It was the highest bid I've ever placed.
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