RE: [mythsoc] Re: Did the Jackson movies increase the prices for rare Tolkien books?
- David Oberhelman wrote:
>I have bought a number of rare (and not-so-rare) Tolkien books on Ebay onThere are always fluctuations in the book market, driven by supply and
>used dealer sites like Abebooks since the mid 90s, and think Jason's
>assessment is about right for the market today. There are many
>fluctuations and peaks and valleys. There was a spike earlier in the
>decade on online sites, and were many first-time collectors started
>scrambling for "rare" volumes. Many also started to sell books that had
>been collecting dust on their shelves for years. The market on sites like
>Ebay has cooled somewhat, in general terms, but there still seems to be
>demand, though not as much as in 2001-2003. Long-time collectors who were
>collecting before the movies came out seem to have been sticking it out
>and have weathered the storm. I haven't checked Bookman's Price Index or
>American Book Prices Current for Tolkien books in the last few years, but
>they are fairly reliable indicators since they use auction house and
>reputable dealer prices. Some on this list such as Wayne would be the best
>experts to consult for long-term trends.
demand and influenced by the general economy. The Tolkien market did indeed
begin to heat up beginning just before the Jackson films, peaked for about
a year, then began to cool to a current state of warmth. Pre-film hype gave
sellers an incentive to bring more material into the market and created new
Tolkien collectors, but as supply increases and a saturation point is
reached, values will tend to moderate, and there are only so many buyers
able to pay the highest prices. I would say that the market is back to its
pre-Jackson level, except that rarer items in general command prices higher
Christina and I provide an overview of "Collecting and sales" in The J.R.R.
Tolkien Companion and Guide.
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