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> 1. miniature book collection
> From: akallotte@...
> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001 17:20:27 -0500
> From: akallotte@...
> Subject: miniature book collection
> I have 110 miniature books that I am trying to get rid of. I have tried
> ebay, dealers, and various helpful private individuals. I cannot seem to
> find interested parties though. I am hoping that someone can either
> direct me toward interested parties or at least help me figure out where
> I'm going wrong.
> I realize that I'm selling to a small, specialized group. I realize that
> I will have to discount my goods because I want to sell them in bulk.
> I've found the retail value of 70% of the books through ABE.com and
> Bibliofind.com. Then, I averaged the rest and I estimate the books
> retail for between $6K and $7K. Where I come from, antiques wholesale
> for 50% of retail, so I tried to sell for less than 50%, then less than
> 40% with no luck. This is less than 2/3 of what they cost 20 years ago.
> In fact, no one will make an offer and one dealer wants me to send the
> books at my expense and then make an offer. I really don't understand
> how a market industry could run like this. That's why I need help. I am
> a very motivated seller with seemingly unmotivated buyers. I have no
> idea what the specialized market value of these books are except for what
> I found on Bibliofind and ABE, but a 60% discount still didn't help.
> I'll discount them more if that's all the market will bear, but I'm
> afraid of being taken in a market I know little about.
> So, I'll send a list of the books to anyone who requests. Please give me
> any ideas that you can about how to sell them, who to approach, and what
> price to ask. Thank you for the continued help.
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