by Pamela Palmer

#94, 14 May 2007

BookThink's Top 10 Ten on eBay
March 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. In early January, we'll look back at the year and consider trends and highlights. 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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March 2007 came and went with eBay fiction sales turning distinctly domestic. No UK sellers showed up at all, though an Australian and a Canadian made valiant attempts to fill the vacuum left by the precipitous departure of UK listings on eBay US. Meanwhile, King and son wrapped up 4 of the fiction slots. As if that wasn't enough, there were 3 separate ties totaling 6 titles in the mix.

The nonfiction list had pairs too. There were 2 Peter Beard books both from a German seller. Two copies of Sumo, and 1 each from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Fiction Top 10
March 2007

#1 $4,300.00 Joe Hill HEART-SHAPED BOX dlx limited Copy #1
#2 tie $2,500.00 Edgar Rice Burroughs ETERNAL LOVER 1st -DJ
#3 tie $2,000.00 Stephen King's S/L New Lieutenant's Rap Chapbook 1/ 500
#3* tie $2,000.00 RARE PRINTING!!!! Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
#4 tie $1,700.00 Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL 1st edition
#4 tie $1,700.00 Stephen King The Stand Limited Edition
#8 $1,300.00 Rare first edition The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
#9 $1,225.00 The Green Mile by Stephen King - signed limited edition
#10 $1,200.00 NEAL STEPHENSON Snow Crash 1st EDITION 1st PRINT HCDJ

*Non-registered buyer so sale not completed and final value not validated.

Heart-Shaped Box
Joe Hill

"Copy #1 of the deluxe limited edition" plus 2 signed book-related items and a provenance from the publisher went to the top of the March 2007 fiction top 10. Described as new, the book was listed by a US seller for 7 days with 1 photo. After 33 bids, it sold for $4,300.

#2 tie
Ian Fleming

Listed by an Australian seller for 7 days with 4 photos, the 1st edition 1st impression copy of Moonraker was married to a "later original dust jacket" both described as in very good condition. The auction attracted 32 bids.

#2 tie
Eternal Lover
Edgar Rice Burroughs

Coming in at #3, the 1925 book is a 1st edition in a restored dust jacket. The US seller noted, "supposedly only 5000 copies were published in 1925." Listed in a 7-day auction with 8 photos, the auction received 2 bids. This seller also sold #6 (tie).

#4 tie
The New Lieutenant's Rap
Stephen King

Sold as a BIN, the signed book is 1 of 500 that were "given to the 100 to 150 attendees of the 25th anniversary of King's Carrie." The US seller listed it with 3 photos and it sold the next day.

#4* tie
Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus
Mrs. Shelley

Frankenstein didn't cause this auction to go awry. A NARU did. Listed by a US seller with 5 photos, the undated book contained an inscription dated 1897. The BIN eBay member is now not a registered user.

#6 tie
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens

A 10-day private auction with 12 photos by the seller of #3 attracted 2 bids to a rebound 1843 1st edition published by Chapman and Hall in London. Flaws include "the first few pages and front cover are disbound." Pages and illustrations are described as very good.

#6 tie
The Stand
Stephen King

The signed 1st edition leather bound book in a wooden box is described as in new condition. Listed by a US seller with 2 photos. It sold as a best offer for $1,700.


The Secret Agent
Joseph Conrad

Another best offer acquired this 1907 1st edition in good condition. Described as 1 of 2500 published that year, it is unusual in having "40 pages of advertisements at the rear." It was listed by a Canadian seller with 3 photos.

Green Mile
Stephen King

The just released Stephen King signed limited edition was listed by a US seller in a 7-day auction with no photos. Starting at $800, the 6 volumes in slipcase attracted 9 bids, selling for $1,225. It was #2 of 148 copies.

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

Listed as very fine in a very fine dust jacket, the 1992 1st edition 1st printing "with correct number line" is 1 of the 600 copies of the trade edition. Listed by a US seller with 4 photos, it sold as a BIN the day after listing.


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