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Post Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:51 am 
 

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I remember a scam years ago where they advertise a certain retail dollar value and unload 1 of each decent item and 50 copies each of crap CCGs. This reminds me so much of that.




The titles listed are all third-tier collectibles from the 3.0 era, including a lot of Sovereign Stone items and the sci-fi stuff that I assume did not sell very well.  The Lost City of Gaxmoor and Gryffon's Legacy were the only items I noted worth reading.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:18 pm 
 

(THIS IS A DUPLICATE POST)
ALSO POSTED in the NON TSR FUN FINDS THREAD.


Well Several E-Mails back and forth with the seller bickering over shipping costs and FINALLY they are here. They arrived today.

I now have my copies of All the Worlds' Monsters I (Second Edition) and All the Worlds' Monsters III (First Edition) along with the Arduin Grimoire's 1 and 3 and some other less notable items.

SWEET..............
All the Worlds' Monsters........
Edited by Jeff Pimper and Steve Perrin (Chaosim Inc. Published them)
Volume I incudes 265 entries. 112 pages.
Volume III includes 238 entries. 112 pages

Can't wait to study them later this week.
Too busy right now though.   Darnit..........

about 500 new monsters found nowhere else.........  well almost........ 8)
:lol:  :twisted: muwahahahahahaha  :twisted:  :lol:

Patience sometimes pays.......... 8)


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:54 am 
 

Aneoth wrote:about 600 new monsters found nowhere else.........


The nightgaunt & Nyarlothotep have had a little bit of additional exposure.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:04 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:
The titles listed are all third-tier collectibles from the 3.0 era, including a lot of Sovereign Stone items and the sci-fi stuff that I assume did not sell very well.  The Lost City of Gaxmoor and Gryffon's Legacy were the only items I noted worth reading.

Yup, what he said. :D
Of course, there's always a chance that one or more of those items will be incredibly rare in 30-40 years, but there's no way to determine which ones, or if anyone will care at that time.  It won't be the Lost City of Gaxmoor., though.  People are all over that one.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:02 am 
 

sauromatian wrote:
The nightgaunt & Nyarlothotep have had a little bit of additional exposure.


I have never had the opportunity to read through that particular book.
Does the write-up for Nyarlalthotep have any information about the"masks" or "thousand-faces" that appears in the later Chaosium CoC books?


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:07 am 
 

Which volume are they in?

It's appearing that Vol. II is the hardest to get though, as I've seen several people mentioning that they have I & III, but not II.  Dammit, means I'll have to fight more for it. ;)


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:22 am 
 

g026r wrote:Which volume are they in?

It's appearing that Vol. II is the hardest to get though, as I've seen several people mentioning that they have I & III, but not II.  Dammit, means I'll have to fight more for it. ;)


Andrew,
I've been meaning to ask you, was that Armed Services Edition of The Dunwich Horror in as good condition as it looked in the photos on the eBay listing?


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:07 am 
 

Jason:
I'll dig out the photos from the listing tomorrow and do a quick compare, as I can't recall off the top of my head.

It's got wear to it, as expected, but I can't recall if it was much more than shown in the photos.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:52 am 
 

Right, so having dug out the pictures and checked:

I'd say it's a little worse, but not much.  Bit more spine cracking than it appeared, and a bit rough on the corners.

Main flaw that wasn't readily apparent is some "rippling" near the spine -- likely just caused by age and the cheap cheap binding that these things were produced with.

Overall, I'm pleased with it and can't complain on the condition.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:03 am 
 

Thanks! I have seen many listed (usually in poor condition).

That one (from the pictures) appeared to be in the best shape of any that I had seen for awhile.

Nice little piece of Lovecraft history!   :)


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:08 am 
 

It's appearing that Vol. II is the hardest to get though, as I've seen several people mentioning that they have I & III, but not II.


That's funny. I have Volume II but not I or III.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:14 am 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:Does the write-up for Nyarlalthotep have any information about the"masks" or "thousand-faces" that appears in the later Chaosium CoC books?


Yep. "THIS GOD GLORIES IN APPEARING AS SOME ORDINARY MONSTER, FIGHTING AS THAT CREATURE"

g026r wrote:Which volume are they in?


Vol. I, 1977. More Lovecraftian beasties appear in the 1980 RQ Gateway Bestiary.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:33 pm 
 

New candidate for bad dealer on E-Bay.

I won an auction for a Box Set of Griffin Island in used but complete condition. The only reason I bid was the price was VERY low and the listing was ending soon. I already had a copy.

I won it for just $11.00, which is about one third its likely value compared to recent E-Bay auctions of RuneQuest items, including that box set.

OK Fast forward to today.

I get a package (Envelope actually) from the seller. It has a book one I had never seen before and certainly would never bid on.

It is a Psionics Book for DarkSun. Psionic Artifact of Athas.
Boy am I steamed as soon as I realized what had happened.

So I write them and tell them there is some sort of mess up. They immediately write back ( 8O ) and say that they have had some mailing problems and that they had refunded my Paypal payment and they finished by asked me to send the book back to them.

Okie Dokie I thought. Sometimes those things happen.....

I mailed back.

"OK, so where is my Griffin Island Box Set? I still want it."


Waiting for the response to that last note.

Apparently what happened was that some boxes were
mislabeled. There were 13 items I shipped out, but once we
discoved there was a problem, we were not sure which items
were shipped incorrectly. Once the person who received your
box contacts me and sends the item back, I will contact you
directly and if you are still interested, we can work out an
arrangment.

Once again, I am very sorry for the mistake and appreciate your
understanding.

- mhmoretti


Again FAST response.
They sent a note back while I was writting the post above......

I am not going to slash them yet, they seem to have simply GOOFED up.
It happens.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:16 pm 
 

Aneoth wrote:I am not going to slash them yet, they seem to have simply GOOFED up.
It happens.

You're on a roll with sellers, ain'tcha?

You and I should start posting about our bad seller experiences on eBay.  Modules without pages, books with ink-stamps and writing, items simply not being sent, inadequate packing . . . the past three months have been hellish.  Whenever I get an envelope or package, I start wondering what will be wrong with it.  Usually I feel relief, but sometimes I just sigh.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:13 pm 
 

Everyone, including some of the best sellers on Ebay, make mistakes once in a while.  The good ones make up for their mistakes.  I don't recommend posting a sellers ID here until they have completed their attempt to screw you over.


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:34 pm 
 


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Silly me.  This is an excellent copy of Menzoberranzan, but look closely at the photograph.



I didn't see it either...but the light has been carefully adjusted so that a glare covers up the hole punched in the front box cover.  See it now?



Probably should have looked harder, but made assumptions.



I don't really intend to make an issue of it, but I contacted him to tell him that failing to mention the hole in the cover...and deliberately concealing it with a glare of light...was not ethical.



It is his answer that has me torqued:



Hole not in box when mailed, happened during shipping.



Flat out lie.  :evil:



Not only is the hole in the box visible if you know what you're looking at, the shipping box was excellently packed and was not damaged in any way.



The interior contents are excellent...complete and in great shape, in fact.



I should have looked harder at the picture, but the seller also had some sort of ethical duty to mention a major piece of damage.  Right?  Or, am I just totally off base?


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:40 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Hole not in box when mailed, happened during shipping.

Seller talk like caveman. Mark blast with negative. Xaxaxe block.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:47 pm 
 

I haven't ever posted a negative feedback and I don't know if I will now.

This guy has annoyed me with his duplicity.  

I should have looked harder at the photograph.

A halfway believable reply would have sufficed.  Something like:

"Yeah, the box is damaged, but the contexts are good.  The photo was not intentionally misleading, and the damage can be seen if you look."

The seller does offer refunds within seven days and his shipping price was just over $2.....so just a semi-honest shyster reply would have been OK.


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:59 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Hole not in box when mailed, happened during shipping.

Nuke him from space.

I should have looked harder at the picture, but the seller also had some sort of ethical duty to mention a major piece of damage.  Right?  Or, am I just totally off base?

Is this that ethics-morals debate again?   :D

Mentioning the gaping hole is something a nice seller does; relying on the picture is what a standard seller does; lying is what a shady seller does.

Using a deceptive picture, neglecting to mention damage, lying in an e-mail . . . should he be rewarded with positive feedback?

  


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Post Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:03 am 
 

Nope.. lay down a neg or at best a neutral. Don't like shysters get away with it or they'll keep doing it again.. and again.. and again.

I recently bought an item only to have an empty box shipped to me. It was funny, the post office even stamped it "box shipped without contents" when they mailed it. You'd think they open the box and ask the guy if he really wanted to ship an empty box.

I got my $$$ back but still.. he took my time & effort that could've been spent on something else. I don't care much for eBay pushing the multiple ID concept. Too easy to rip someone off.

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