So on my (almost) daily shopping session on eBay this morning I come across yet another issue of High Times represented as a first issue but anything but - in this case a 4th printing. Since this is a permanent fixture in the top 10 most misrepresented books (or magazines) on eBay, there are times when I feel inclined to inform the seller of a potential issue with whomever ends up buying it. I did so today, in some detail, and received a reply along the lines of "Thanks. I'll look into it." The original auction, which ended, had a low opening bid with a reserve, and the magazine was just relisted on a 3-day auction with a fairly modest opening bid, no reserve and a BIN option. However, the seller still asserted in the description that what was being offered was a first issue, despite the fact that the new information received from yours truly seemed to persuade him (her) to lower outcome expectations. What would you do? Nothing? Something? If something, what?
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I sent another message last night to ebayshippingsupplies to check on my earlier request for boxes that would be useful for shipping books but I haven't heard back yet. Even a box equivalent to a Priority Mail shirt box would work, and they seem to be out of tape again too. One person who left a negative comment about the tape said that it "had a bad odor and splits frequently when cut" so hopefully it will be improved at some point.
If no other sizes are offered, their 18" x 14" x 12" and 12" x 12" x 12" boxes could be cut down and transformed into 2 boxes as Cumos55 described in the Spring Changes for Booksellers thread.
I have an old Webster's Dictionary called "The Original Webster's Unabridged Dictionary". It is missing all the pages from the FFEP to the Preface. The first page is the Author's Preface written by Noah Webster. The next section is called "Memoir of the Author" and has a printed date of August 1847 at the end of it and mentions webster's death 4 years earlier and his widow passing away in June 1847.. I am guessing that mine is from 1847 or 1848, but I haven't found a comp or a copy on worldcat to compare. The book is 1,282 numbered pages. I found another book from 1848 that is longer than mine but is missing the same pages and mine and has even more flaws.
Should I just list it as a circa 1848 and list all of its flaws with a BIN/BO with a $300 or so starting price and see what I get? Or is that too optimistic a price?