by Pamela Palmer

#116, 10 March 2008

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
November 2007

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Which fiction and non-fiction books are winners on eBay? Each month this series answers the question and, along the way, looks at the listing strategies sellers use to bring in big bucks. To learn more about what's in and what's out of the lists, read our Top 10 on eBay Parameters.

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Fiction sales focused on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a smattering of Faulkner, Puzo, Koontz, and King making up the remainder. Non-fiction, though, was diverse. An Easton Long Road to Freedom topped the list which included the Beatles and Chagall among others. The most interesting item(s) came in last. Seems the same copy of Atlas Shrugged managed to sell two days in a row. Both were sold by the same US seller as BINs with what appears to be the same photograph. And, of course, classifying Atlas Shrugged as non-fiction only adds to the interest.

In the run up to the holidays, November Antiquarian & Collectible sales were brisk. Three of the 5 top sales in the category were by Best Offers, still fairly unusual among the upper range there. The #1 item went for $4,000 shy of the $19,500 BIN price but perhaps that was due to it being "pick up" only in Switzerland. A Gent from Bear Creek and Peter Beard, Collector's Edition also sold as best offers.

Fiction Top 10
November 2007

#1 $2,325.00 Signed J.K. Rowling Harry Potter & the deathly hallows
#2 $2,000.00 JK Rowling and the Deathly Hallows (Authentic Signed)
#3 $1,224.00 1969's~The GODFATHER~Signed~TRUE FIRST PRINT~MARIO PUZO
#4 $1,000.00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows signed by Rowling
#5 $898.88 Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Signed by J.K. Rowling
#6 $823.00 WILLIAM FAULKNER, Mosquitoes, first edition, 1927
#7 $811.01 SARTORIS by William Faulkner, first edition, dj, 1929
#8 $810.00 Harry Potter Deathly Hallows signed JK Rowling
#9 $760.55 The Book Of Counted Sorrows Signed 1st Ed, Dean Koontz
#10 $760.00 Stephen King: CARRIE HC/DJ 1st/1st-Near Fine

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

Listed by a US seller, the book received 26 bids to close at $2,325.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The second copy in the November Top 10, this one was listed by a Canadian seller and ended with a single bid. The seller had an astonishing 73.7% feedback (9 feedbacks).

The Godfather
Mario Puzo

The 1969 first printing is called "extremely rare" and received 28 bids. Items specifics shows it as a hardcover with jacket listed in the "Fraternal, Social Organizations" category.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
J.K. Rowling

The latest Harry Potter is the third of that title for the month. Listed by a US seller, it sold as a BIN.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The fourth of the title received 8 bids.

William Faulkner

Listed by a US seller and described "in good condition with rubbing to extremities," the book was sold with a dust jacket described as "very poor, chipped, stained ...." It received 12 bids. The same seller sold #7.

William Faulkner

Another William Faulkner, this time Sartoris was sold by the seller of #6. It's a 1929 first edition in dust jacket. The book is described as in good condition and the dj is in very poor condition. It sold with 9 bids. The same seller sold #6.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

The fifth of the title sold after 2 bids.

The Book of Counted Sorrows
Dean Koontz

A signed first edition, this book received 3 bids to close at $760.55.

Stephen King

7 bids took this near-fine first edition, first printing of Carrie to $760.00.