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“Adventures of Hergé” for sale on eBay…

jock123
Moderator
#1 · Posted: 25 Sep 2005 18:35 · Edited by: jock123
I just noticed a copy of “The Adventures of Hergé” on eBay at a staggering £62!!

The seller admits that his copy of the book isn’t even perfect - he doesn’t mention (and of course doesn’t have to) that it is actually still in print and available on Amazon, amongst other places, brand new at a quarter of the price: so why are people bidding for it??

I’d’ve thought it was a fairly specialist item, so is anyone on here after it, or the seller’s other items (he has a copy of the Rombaldi Tintin volume 1, and the 1st edition of Popol in English, both of which would surely be of greater value)? Or indeed, is the seller on here?
edcharlesadams
Trivia Challenge Score Keeper
#2 · Posted: 25 Sep 2005 19:32
As an occasional eBay seller myself, I can only say that he's been pretty lucky. I take partial responsibility because (to my knowledge) I was the first to sell a copy of this item marketed this way - in fact in very similar terms - though mine didn't reach anywhere near this price. I think it's probably down to people using eBay blindly without looking elsewhere, thinking they're getting a bargain. Its a moral grey area for me - I won't say I haven't profited from it, but it is a shame that people are led to believe that things sold on eBay are unattainable elsewhere.

Ed
Harrock n roll
Moderator
#3 · Posted: 25 Sep 2005 21:53
I think Ed is right in that it's a “moral grey area”. I mean if people haven’t got the nouse to look on Amazon first…

One thing that bothered me about this seller was that he/she used one of my scans and info from the Golden Press article on this site (the point about the original black character, Jumbo) to sell a first edition copy of The Crab with the Golden Claws. Very cheeky, and if you’re reading this then please don’t in future!

And I don’t mind too much that info from the article was used as text for this seller’s Golden Press editions, but he/she could have at least spelt Danièle Gorlin right, especially as I made a point about the frequent mis-spelling of her name (honestly, I ask you…)
Tintinrulz
Member
#4 · Posted: 26 Sep 2005 02:18
Where can I find this Adventures of Herge graphic novel? I don't want to get it off ebay and am wondering if someone could point me to the page on Amazon or another on-line shop where I can buy it. Thanks
jock123
Moderator
#5 · Posted: 26 Sep 2005 07:24
Tintinrulz
Where can I find this Adventures of Herge graphic novel?

It is in a comic anthology collection called Drawn & Quarterly, the fourth volume. It is available through shops such as Forbidden Planet, but you could order it through any book-shop (it’s edited by Chris Oliveros, ISBN 1896597408), or on-line at Amazon (use the info above to search your retailer of choice), and even from the publisher. It isn’t rare, it’s specialist.

There is a brief thread here.
Tintinrulz
Member
#6 · Posted: 26 Sep 2005 09:02
Thanks for that info Jock! Bummer, it seems Pan Macmillan (Australian distributors for it) are out of stock. Where do you suggest I get it (for the best price?) Also how many pages is Volume 4 roughly?

It sounds like a good read! Thanks
jock123
Moderator
#7 · Posted: 26 Sep 2005 11:42 · Edited by: jock123
Tintinrulz
Where do you suggest I get it (for the best price?) Also how many pages is Volume 4 roughly?

As I said, the choice really is down to you as to where you buy it; best to search yourself using something like Google, or a price comparison page like Kelkoo if you want to find deals…

There are 176 pages in Volume 4, according to the description on Amazon. Only a fraction of this is the Hergé book - fifty-odd pages, I seem to recall…

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