eBay question

david medsker dsmedsker at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 4 15:28:44 EST 2002

Don Ramsey, my heartfelt "amen" to you. May I point out that rents in the 
Idaho panhandle are very low and it would be nice to have a book dealer that 
didn't reply, "Library books are throughout the store, just look for the 
stamps on the inside cover and the ages are various, what do you mean by 

I DO enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Otherwise I'd give a standing order for 
my B&L w/DJ dreams to Henry and Joe in the Bay Area and start writing checks 
till I ran out of paper.

The most exciting, readable posts concern hunting and discovering of the 
rare and exotic ML. After that would have to be the content. What a thrill 
to discover a writer like Crane, never having heard of him till ML. And with 
all the new buzz about Ayn Rand and evil-CEOs, why was she never included in 
ML? Although foriegn born, wasn't she an American when her works came out? 
I'm sure she was contracted with another publisher, but her works must be 
available now.

There, Don. More rambling. Come to Coeur d'Alene. You like it/it likes you.
your friend in interest,
david medsker

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Interesting.  It is almost enough to make one believe price is a major
consideration.  Well, each to his own.  In every field there are those whose
main satisfaction is the thrill, so to speak, of the chase, among many
factors.   Allow me, please, to ramble a bit.  The  main point is at the end
of this post.

Probably the worst field is cookbook collectors.   Apparently you are not
even in the league until you own several hundred.  These are not collectors
of antiquarian cookbooks, just cooks who want lots of recipes at their
fingertips.  So they won't pay any money for them, which in turn means it
doesn't pay for dealers to stock cookbooks except those we may acquire for
next to nothing.   One collector explained that there is no reason to pay 
money for a book you'll only use once.

Birdwatchers are almost as bad.  But they seem to be very nice people.  
mind the thousands they spend on cameras and travel, but not on books.

It is amazing how many of our walk-in customers expect used book stores to 
something akin to thrift shops.  The reality is that we buy from thrift
shops.  (I  personally collect John McPhee.  Found the very last McPhee 
to complete the collection in a thrift shop trash can.)

We stock several hundred ML titles.  Never do we list them online.  The
prices just don't make it worth the effort.  But there are enough local ML
collectors who will walk out of here with an armload of ML to make it worth
our while to continue stocking them.  By definition, we rarely see the rare
ones.  Most of ours have dust jackets; first ML editions are scattered among
them.  So we supply those who are not yet real fussy.  (No, we do not have
any B&L in dj.)  But we love our ML books and our ML collectors.  BTW, we 
now having a sale:  Buy two books, and the second (of equal or lesser price)
is half price.  We also have a few Everyman's Library and a few dozen Oxford
World Classics, which seem to be hard to find and a neglected collectible in
this country.

The landlord, OTOH, really insists on regular payments.   (The obvious
question of open shops vs. home dealers is one that has been discussed at
length on other lists.)

Which leaves me with the real point of this post, which is to wonder, given
the existence of the ML price guide, how often the actual prices paid for ML
books are, more or less, those indicated by it?   Are we fantasizing the
notion that ML collectors will actually pay the prices in the guide?

Best Regards to All,

Don Ramsey
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