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Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:27 pm 
 

I have an opportunity to pick up the Revised 3.5 ed Monster Manual III, IV, and V locally. Do you think they are/will be as sought-after as the MM I and II and the other 3.5 core rulebooks? I'm wondering what you think they're worth.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:56 pm 
 

Personally, I would pay about $10 each for them.  On Ebay, the price on these tends to jump around - some below $10 some about $25.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:38 am 
 

Thanks Mark. I was thinking around half cover price or less might be a reasonable deal. I have a feeling that 3.5 purists (which may/may not include myself--still primarily committed to 1e/2e) will want them at some point to complete a collection, if I don't end up using/collecting them myself.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:44 am 
 

Monster Manual V seems to be more sought after than III and IV.


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:23 am 
 

Please point me towards those $10 listings for MM III, IV and V.

Were thsoe for 3.5 ED MMs, Or were you talking about the 3.0 MMs? :?


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:36 am 
 

I put a set of 2-4 plus the Fiend Folio (3.0E) up late last year and pulled down $85 for the lot.  5 seems to be the highest seller at this time (range of 20-40).


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:18 am 
 

Mars wrote:Personally, I would pay about $10 each for them.  On Ebay, the price on these tends to jump around - some below $10 some about $25.

I was going to say "Bah, you're crazy.  They're only worth about half cover price!".  But apparently, it's the cover prices that are crazy.  8O

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:25 am 
 

3.5E hardbacks seem to be doing well on eBay over in the UK, and there is an apparent shortage that is pushing prices up accross the board. I find people buying Spell Compendiums for £25 and paying £19 to ship them to the US. That would seem to set the price for the Spell Compendium in the US at $50+. Same with the Magic Item Compendium. I'd imagine this is just players deciding to complete their collections now that 3.5E is dead and in 10 years we'll be flooded with used hardbacks at prices below $5.


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:17 am 
 

3.0 books are basically worth next to nothing.



There are completed auctions where MM1 and MM2 sold as a lot for $5.




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MM1 in 3.5 is also easy to obtain cheap (sub $10):




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MM2 is also easy to find cheap (sub $10) - not sure if this was available in v3.5 or just the WotC update download:




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I think the later ones are only available in v3.5 not v3.0 (but someone correct me if I am wrong because I don't know D20 very well).



MM3 for $5:


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MM3 for $7.50:


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not too many MM4s to look over so it seems to sell a bit higher.



MM5 seems to be liquidating in the UK.  This seller:




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has sold 10 copies for under $10.  In the US, they are between $15-$20.



Again, locally, keep an eye on your craigslist and kijiji ads and you can probably pick up large lots for under $10 a book.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:43 am 
 

Good advice Mark :), I just pickied up a large lot of 3.5 books all basically unused for less than $7 per book nfrom Kijiji


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:01 pm 
 

Blackmoor wrote:Good advice Mark :), I just pickied up a large lot of 3.5 books all basically unused for less than $7 per book nfrom Kijiji


Stay off of Kijiji :)  Not too many RPG listings but enough to keep me going back.  Although, I think I have peaked with my last purchase (alluded to in another thread).  6 boxes and a mailing tube (approx 250 pounds) currently on route from Saskatoon found through Kijiji - the listing has been removed now.

There was a recent lot in Waterloo for about 40 books for $200 so $5 a book:

http://kitchener.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-se ... Z183005431

I am also always tempted by the pinball machine but still no room for it:

http://stjohns.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell ... Z188499340

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:13 pm 
 

One big issue with the 3.5 books for future collecting will be condition.

By and large, the 3.5 books were fairly sturdy...rock solid compared to some of the later TSR books.

However, quite a number of these books, particularly the later Monster Manual incarnations, were sold when 3.5 was on the way out and game groups were winding down.

These later books are likely to be available in excellent condition in large numbers.

By comparison, 3.5 Players Handbooks were likely either used extensively or not at all.

I would suggest picking up a mint copy for your collection to go along with the copy you actually used to game.


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:25 pm 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:Please point me towards those $10 listings for MM III, IV and V.

Were thsoe for 3.5 ED MMs, Or were you talking about the 3.0 MMs? :?


Talking about 3.5 edn here.
The books I'm looking at all say that they're "Revised for [Version/Edition] 3.5".
BTW: Does anybody know which 3.5e hardback details the Lake of Steam region? (I know the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting for 3.5 does cover it, but I'm looking for more details.)

Thanks everybody for the feedback on pricing!
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:49 pm 
 

puterdragon wrote:
Talking about 3.5 edn here.
The books I'm looking at all say that they're "Revised for [Version/Edition] 3.5".
Gary


I was just going to ask how you tell the difference in books like MMII. I guess on the title page?


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