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    Very interesting to hear people think absolutely nothing is wrong with it and some to think there is. I liked the comparison to finding a Carrie 1st in a thrift store. What would one do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by webstar1000 View Post
    Very interesting to hear people think absolutely nothing is wrong with it and some to think there is. I liked the comparison to finding a Carrie 1st in a thrift store. What would one do?


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    Shoplift it.

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    Agreed, youu canít compare Bookstore1. They did this through King as a method to generate goodwill and promote the bookstore. Price was consumer driven, not market driven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    The Bookstore1 comparison doesn't hold. Bookstore1 surely knew the books were worth far more than issue price, but they couldn't charge fair market value, they were precluded from that and were happy to just sell ~250 books that were (TTBOMK) donated at $30 each and thus gross $7,500 in sales.
    If only they had packed them as if they knew this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tippy4 View Post
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    The Bookstore1 comparison doesn't hold. Bookstore1 surely knew the books were worth far more than issue price, but they couldn't charge fair market value, they were precluded from that and were happy to just sell ~250 books that were (TTBOMK) donated at $30 each and thus gross $7,500 in sales.
    If only they had packed them as if they knew this.
    Why should they?
    It's only a 30 dollar book for them, and even if damaged, the buyer would still be able to sell it for a lot more. Shall they want to
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    Quote Originally Posted by webstar1000 View Post
    Very interesting to hear people think absolutely nothing is wrong with it and some to think there is. I liked the comparison to finding a Carrie 1st in a thrift store. What would one do?


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    Bad comparison. Thrift shops, Goodwill stores, etc. donít do any due diligence when they get items to sell. Theyíre not in business to make massive profits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbertwest View Post
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    The Bookstore1 comparison doesn't hold. Bookstore1 surely knew the books were worth far more than issue price, but they couldn't charge fair market value, they were precluded from that and were happy to just sell ~250 books that were (TTBOMK) donated at $30 each and thus gross $7,500 in sales.
    If only they had packed them as if they knew this.
    Why should they?
    It's only a 30 dollar book for them, and even if damaged, the buyer would still be able to sell it for a lot more. Shall they want to
    A $30 book should still be adequately packed for damage free shipping though, Jeremy. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Library Policeman View Post
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    The Bookstore1 comparison doesn't hold. Bookstore1 surely knew the books were worth far more than issue price, but they couldn't charge fair market value, they were precluded from that and were happy to just sell ~250 books that were (TTBOMK) donated at $30 each and thus gross $7,500 in sales.
    If only they had packed them as if they knew this.
    Why should they?
    It's only a 30 dollar book for them, and even if damaged, the buyer would still be able to sell it for a lot more. Shall they want to
    A $30 book should still be adequately packed for damage free shipping though, Jeremy. Just my opinion.
    A LOT of them are damaged by the looks of the it on the FB posts
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Library Policeman View Post
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    The Bookstore1 comparison doesn't hold. Bookstore1 surely knew the books were worth far more than issue price, but they couldn't charge fair market value, they were precluded from that and were happy to just sell ~250 books that were (TTBOMK) donated at $30 each and thus gross $7,500 in sales.
    If only they had packed them as if they knew this.
    Why should they?
    It's only a 30 dollar book for them, and even if damaged, the buyer would still be able to sell it for a lot more. Shall they want to
    A $30 book should still be adequately packed for damage free shipping though, Jeremy. Just my opinion.
    I don't care if I pay $30 or $300 for something....I would like it to arrive undamaged

    Had they charged a $15 shipping and handling fee (instead of $5)...and included a box, foam peanuts, and a little common sense, they would have still sold out in one day.

    The result is more profit for the book store....and a lot less unhappy customers.

    I believe that is what they call in business a "win-win".
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    My take... I paid $30 for a signed King book (which I am still waiting to be delivered, but I digress). Even if that book has a bumped corner or two, itís going to end up in a slipcase, put on my shelf, and I will eventually forget about any flaws. In the end, I still paid an unreal $30 for a signed King book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdwyer19 View Post
    My take... I paid $30 for a signed King book (which I am still waiting to be delivered, but I digress). Even if that book has a bumped corner or two, itís going to end up in a slipcase, put on my shelf, and I will eventually forget about any flaws. In the end, I still paid an unreal $30 for a signed King book!
    EXACTLY.....I do not have my book yet either but this is exactly what I plan to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardsrainbow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bdwyer19 View Post
    My take... I paid $30 for a signed King book (which I am still waiting to be delivered, but I digress). Even if that book has a bumped corner or two, itís going to end up in a slipcase, put on my shelf, and I will eventually forget about any flaws. In the end, I still paid an unreal $30 for a signed King book!
    EXACTLY.....I do not have my book yet either but this is exactly what I plan to do.
    reassured to see that others haven't gotten theirs yet either.

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    Yeah, mine is six days late, and not coming today or tomorrow according to USPS tracking.

    When you get yours in Chicago, mine should likely arrive the following day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdwyer19 View Post
    Yeah, mine is six days late, and not coming today or tomorrow according to USPS tracking.

    When you get yours in Chicago, mine should likely arrive the following day.
    I didn't get any tracking. Back to not being reassured.

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    USPS Informed Delivery. Sign up for that and youíll see what mail is forthcoming, and tracking on all packages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdwyer19 View Post
    USPS Informed Delivery. Sign up for that and youíll see what mail is forthcoming, and tracking on all packages.
    Ah. Thanks for clarifying. I thought I signed up for that but I must have missed a step because I never get an email.


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    Quote Originally Posted by herbertwest View Post
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    The Bookstore1 comparison doesn't hold. Bookstore1 surely knew the books were worth far more than issue price, but they couldn't charge fair market value, they were precluded from that and were happy to just sell ~250 books that were (TTBOMK) donated at $30 each and thus gross $7,500 in sales.
    If only they had packed them as if they knew this.
    Why should they?
    It's only a 30 dollar book for them, and even if damaged, the buyer would still be able to sell it for a lot more. Shall they want to
    Well, I thought the idea was to drum up new costumers for these small bookstores. If you want customer loyalty you should handle the merchandise with care. For me it wouldn't matter if it was signed or not, I would only be a repeat customer with them if they were cheaper then other sites, and was willing to except the risks.
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    I'm not surprised about how they handle these books.
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    For comparison, I received my signed Grisham from a bookstore in VA yesterday. They shipped it via UPS Monday and it came yesterday. Though it was in the same padded envelope as If It Bleeds, the bookstore reinforced it with cardboard, rubber bands, and put extra paper inside for padding.
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    Good morning (not anymore). I slept well...but not long enough. Iím sorry this is later than I promised. It was difficult to write while researching and balancing work-related issues. To those who PMed me, I will respond in kind.

    I hope that the moderators would move this discussion to the Random Thoughts thread because it does take away from the fact that Kris Webster is, to my knowledge, 1 of only 9 people in the world with this SK book. And probably 1 of only 5 true "collector-first" owners. For that, I congratulate you, Kris. The inscription is superb, too! Itís unfortunate that you took the pictures off site.

    I hinted at my feelings of the acquisition last night. I'll expand on that in a bit. I mentioned that some things just did not jibe for me. Here is a big one. It was stated that this book had been on ABE for the longest time. It is very possible that that was what was said to Kris, but I can't believe it. I have been searching ABE and many other locations for another Fine/Fine signed copy of The Shining (US) for at least the last 4 years. I routinely aggregate and sort my searches from highest-to-lowest price knowing that a copy will not be cheap. So, unless my vision suddenly morphed into Stevie Wonder's or the late Helen Keller's, I never saw an advertisement for this singular book on ABE. Weekly, at worst. Bob Jackson combs through ABE looking for gems, as do many other collectors. Did we collectively miss this? While he or I or anyone may have balked at a $4K price for The Shining prior to last May, the floodgates opened up when Tony and Kim purchased the 6 books from Sub Press and then sold 4 of them for $12.5K cash. Since last May, the market dictated the bottom price of this book to be ~$12.5K. Had I seen it within the last 12 months, you damned sure know that I would have contacted the seller to find out what's up with the book because it is priced so far below the recent sales price. So, I have reservations about the claim (made by the seller implicitly or explicitly) that this has been on ABE for a long time.

    The second thing that I question is that the seller has sold 1,000s of books so he should have automatically known the rarity of the book. While it may be true that he sold 1,000s of books, the implication is that he sold 1,000s of SK books. If the latter is true, the seller would be akin to Stu or David from Betts Books or a Lloyd Currey/John Knott. But I certainly did not see any seller of SK prominence selling high-end signed copies of The Shining on ABE over the last year Ė or the last few years for that matter. But, if the seller was just an occasional SK seller and a seller of many other authors or genres, I agree that the 1,000s-books-sold statement could be accurate. And, if thatís the case, I could easily envision a scenario where such a seller described above would not have been privy to the Camelot/Sub Press sale or the follow-on $12.5K sales in the way most of us are.

    The next thing I didnít understand was how the inscription date (2014) implied that this book has been on sale for numerous years, as was intimated earlier in the thread above. How would that date in-and-of-itself prove how long that the book has been on ABE? My GUESS is that Bill Schafer gifted #s I-IV to SK-related people for their pleasure/use/disposal, etc. King inscribed # I and re-gifted the book to Bill Schafer after the inscription thanking him for all of the support over the years and for the future proceeds of The Shining auctions going to The Haven Foundation. I have no guess where it went after that or why it went anywhere, for that matter.

    My opinion on this is clear and it is consistent with the way I deal with people always. This is MY opinion only.

    I congratulate you, Kris, for obtaining an outstanding book! Rejoice that you own a book that few will ever touch. But it was a private transaction and it should have stayed private until/unless the seller wanted to share the details. Please donít tell the world that you got the deal of a lifetime, though, because no sane person in this day and time would eschew $9K if he/she had all the facts in front of them. It may not be your or my responsibility to educate everyone, every time. But I would hope that, as a fellow human being, you would educate me if I did not have all the facts needed to make an informed decision, as I would for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny007 View Post
    Good morning (not anymore). I slept well...but not long enough. Iím sorry this is later than I promised. It was difficult to write while researching and balancing work-related issues. To those who PMed me, I will respond in kind.

    I hope that the moderators would move this discussion to the Random Thoughts thread because it does take away from the fact that Kris Webster is, to my knowledge, 1 of only 9 people in the world with this SK book. And probably 1 of only 5 true "collector-first" owners. For that, I congratulate you, Kris. The inscription is superb, too! Itís unfortunate that you took the pictures off site.

    I hinted at my feelings of the acquisition last night. I'll expand on that in a bit. I mentioned that some things just did not jibe for me. Here is a big one. It was stated that this book had been on ABE for the longest time. It is very possible that that was what was said to Kris, but I can't believe it. I have been searching ABE and many other locations for another Fine/Fine signed copy of The Shining (US) for at least the last 4 years. I routinely aggregate and sort my searches from highest-to-lowest price knowing that a copy will not be cheap. So, unless my vision suddenly morphed into Stevie Wonder's or the late Helen Keller's, I never saw an advertisement for this singular book on ABE. Weekly, at worst. Bob Jackson combs through ABE looking for gems, as do many other collectors. Did we collectively miss this? While he or I or anyone may have balked at a $4K price for The Shining prior to last May, the floodgates opened up when Tony and Kim purchased the 6 books from Sub Press and then sold 4 of them for $12.5K cash. Since last May, the market dictated the bottom price of this book to be ~$12.5K. Had I seen it within the last 12 months, you damned sure know that I would have contacted the seller to find out what's up with the book because it is priced so far below the recent sales price. So, I have reservations about the claim (made by the seller implicitly or explicitly) that this has been on ABE for a long time.

    The second thing that I question is that the seller has sold 1,000s of books so he should have automatically known the rarity of the book. While it may be true that he sold 1,000s of books, the implication is that he sold 1,000s of SK books. If the latter is true, the seller would be akin to Stu or David from Betts Books or a Lloyd Currey/John Knott. But I certainly did not see any seller of SK prominence selling high-end signed copies of The Shining on ABE over the last year Ė or the last few years for that matter. But, if the seller was just an occasional SK seller and a seller of many other authors or genres, I agree that the 1,000s-books-sold statement could be accurate. And, if thatís the case, I could easily envision a scenario where such a seller described above would not have been privy to the Camelot/Sub Press sale or the follow-on $12.5K sales in the way most of us are.

    The next thing I didnít understand was how the inscription date (2014) implied that this book has been on sale for numerous years, as was intimated earlier in the thread above. How would that date in-and-of-itself prove how long that the book has been on ABE? My GUESS is that Bill Schafer gifted #s I-IV to SK-related people for their pleasure/use/disposal, etc. King inscribed # I and re-gifted the book to Bill Schafer after the inscription thanking him for all of the support over the years and for the future proceeds of The Shining auctions going to The Haven Foundation. I have no guess where it went after that or why it went anywhere, for that matter.

    My opinion on this is clear and it is consistent with the way I deal with people always. This is MY opinion only.

    I congratulate you, Kris, for obtaining an outstanding book! Rejoice that you own a book that few will ever touch. But it was a private transaction and it should have stayed private until/unless the seller wanted to share the details. Please donít tell the world that you got the deal of a lifetime, though, because no sane person in this day and time would eschew $9K if he/she had all the facts in front of them. It may not be your or my responsibility to educate everyone, every time. But I would hope that, as a fellow human being, you would educate me if I did not have all the facts needed to make an informed decision, as I would for you.

    John
    Hey John, for sure I can share the info I know. First, allow me to respond to your first post. You mentioned David.... I immediately bought that book (Salems Lot) when listed. I had known from the FB group that some were signed. I then asked David (in the same email asking to buy it for $950) if it was a signed one or not. He got back to me and said it was signed and the price would change. David is my friend and I owe him a lot. I do not know this seller... For all I know he could be ripping me off. He asked me for F&F when I made him an offer on the first book. I made a leap... paying for both books and having to use a CC for some so I was scared. REAL scared but risk VS reward was my thought process.....and it turned out ok. I respect your opinion (because done respectively) and will respond to all info I have for you and others. The seller has a store on there with A LARGE amount of titles. I mean WOW.. there is a lot. 1000's. He does NOT just sell King. In fact, he hardly had much to look at. I asked him where the book came from and he told me he couldn't recall which led me to believe he had it for some time. I asked if it was Bill from Subpress and he said that is not where he got it but couldn't remember the last guys name. His ad (seen by other members in the past as they were shocked that I got it and what it was) was labeled horribly. I passed over it as it looked like a signed gift edition for an outrageous sum but I asked for pics.... why the hell not right? I mean the title of his ad flat out said "The Shining Gift Edition".. that is it and maybe Subpress's name as the maker... but nothing more in the title. Just that and a crazy price. Clicking on it brought a bit more info.. but not much other than it was signed and leather bound. Before I had gotten the pics, he said he would do a deal on that as I bought another signed title from him. The funny thing is... he wanted over value for that first title and I overpaid a bit to get it.... I will keep that to myself as this whole thing has sucked a bit of the fun and excitement out of this for me. I won't lie. I digress.... I can ask him how long it has been in his possession and get a good idea of date. Someone that sells the vast amount he does... is surely not shady in anyway. I cannot see it. He was nothing but a gent to deal with. I trusted him enough to pay him a LOT of $ with no protection. Again, it turned out ok. I also will not share our correspondence publicly BUT have no issues showing you in private John. No issues at all if you so desire. Send me a PM if you would like...

    I can only guess he didn't know what he had. Maybe he did and just wanted a respectable profit and no more. I ask why he didnt have pics of that but a common Outsider he did. I am sure he bought this title for X amount and sold it making himself some profit. He would have on both titles that I got off him. He was happy. I was happy. You also mention the inscription date.... about 6/7 years ago. I cannot guess the back story. Your thoughts are prob bang on....I mean we had NO idea about these until the Camelot announcement. Whether he meant he had it for years, or the guy he got it from did... I cannot say for sure. I asked him some more info today and it was basically what I already gleamed from him.

    The majority seem to be ok with getting this deal. In fact, showed genuine happiness for me. If I hadn't said "sure send the pics".... someone in time would have and it may have been someone else showing this. Maybe even someone that isn't going to treasure it like I am. My biggest folly here (I think) was sharing the story. My excitement and passion for this collecting thing sometimes gets the better of me and I wanted to share with my King friends who share this EXACT passion. What is more exciting than this find and the deal that was had? That was (for me) my only mistake. I do not regret buying the book the way it did. I didn't do anything underhanded. I simple bought something put in front of me. You hear stories all the time of people paying "too much" for something. BUT if they are happy, the seller is happy.... I just cannot see the harm. Many of us have overpaid VFB for titles. They paid and were happy. Is that not what matters?

    Lastly, He has over 10000 books on ABE. No Shit. Who's job is it to tell him what everyone is worth? I don't know him. I have no connection to him other than this one transaction. Like David, YOU are my friend. And I would tell you what you had... just like you did to the proof guy. I would tell anyone that was in the community and/or was a pal. Stephen King collectors are like family and I come to share big things in my life (loss of job, my puppy sick, a mass murder in my home town, etc) because the majority of you care. Some do not, and thats ok, you cannot be friends with everyone, although I sometimes wonder why not here... we ALL LOVE THE SAME THING. I hope this info helps your understanding of this and thanks again to you (and others) for the kind words. I have not stopped holding it and staring at it... I never. EVER.... thought I would own a copy. Cheers to everyone here, kris
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    As a relative newcomer to this community after lurking all I can offer is that it might appear to some people that your "humble" brags Kris come across more as look at me I need attention and I'm better than you brags. It's a matter of perception perhaps. It might not be what you mean but to some it might come across that way. It might just be your excitement of the hobby sometimes gets lost in translation. I'm not in the high end, rare King collector circles, hell I'm not in the know enough to snag the signed If It Bleeds, and I enjoy seeing books I'll never see in person. That said, sometimes some of the collectors here seem to get a little superiority complex from time to time.

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    A good discussion, but can we get back to seeing people in their PJs? I mean, seeing people's P&Js?

    Anyone have something new to show off?

    HBJ,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunchback Jack View Post
    A good discussion, but can we get back to seeing people in their PJs? I mean, seeing people's P&Js?

    Anyone have something new to show off?

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    Not King related but I just received an Val Kilmer autographed copy of his autobiography I'm Your Huckleberry.

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