by Pamela Palmer

#123, 23 June 2008

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
January 2007

Top 10 on eBay

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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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Is it a trend yet? With 20% on the top fiction and nonfiction lists selling as BIN or best offer, seems this may well be a trend to watch with high end books.

Otherwise, 2008 started as usual. A blend of King, Rowling, and Lee showed up in the fiction category. Sue Grafton and Cormac McCarthy added variety, along with an 1886 copy of Kidnapped. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous led the non-fiction list. Others on the list included Kenojuak: Graphics Masterworks of the Inuit and a pair of 1839 books on early exploration of Australia. Atop the Antiquarian and Collectible category were two Mormon books from the mid-1800s along with 3 volumes from the 1400s. Two were offered by the same German seller.

Fiction Top 10
January 2008

#1 $4,000.00 Stephen King The Colorado Kid 1st 1/99 traycased signed
#2* $2,500.00 1st Edition UK Printing of Eddings ' The Belgariad'!
#3 $2,075.00 To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960 1st Edition/ 1st Printing.
#5 $1,500.00 To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1st Edit./1st Print.
#6 $1,287.99 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 1st-1st printing
#7 $1,200.00 Stevenson KIDNAPPED 1886 1st Edition / 1st Issue w/Map
#8 $1,100.00 Stephen King Carrie 1st ed SIGNED/DATED in 1979 LOOK!
#9 $1,040.00 B is for Burglar signed by Sue Grafton 1st HB/DC
#10 $1,026.00 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowli...

* Auction price not validated because a NARU (Not a registered user) ended the auction.

The Colorado Kid
Stephen King

The 1st hardback edition was #5 of 99 signed by King and the artists and placed in a traycase. The US seller stipulated, "... purchasers must have positive feedback of 100 or more, and purchase by foreign buyers will only be allowed on a prescreened basis...."

The Belgariad
5 vols.

David Eddings

The NARU used a BIN to end the auction.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

10 bids took this 1st edition, 1st printing to $2,075.

The Road.
Cormac McCarthy

An Australian seller used a private listing to sell this signed, 1st edition as a BIN.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

Another copy of To Kill a Mockingbird received 23 bids. The 1st edition, 1st printing without dust jacket was paired with a 1st edition, 13th printing with a dust jacket.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

17 bids took the 1st edition, 1st printing hardback to $1,287.99.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The 1886 1st edition with a "fold out frontis colored map" was described as in excellent condition.

Stephen King

Sold as a BIN, the 1st edition was signed and dated 1979.

B is for Burglar
Sue Grafton

The signed 1st edition hardback attracted 11 bids.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

Described as fine though "...someone has signed the inside page and a few pages have creases where the top pages corner hasw been turned down," the hardcover attracted 14 bids.