Abebooks

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Drew5233, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Having recently started using Abebooks I can't fault it. My latest arrival today was purchased on the 3rd of January from a seller in Germany. The books are of all the GM's from WW2 and the other a complete register of all Albert, Edward and Empire Gallantry medals. I've seen both books selling on Amazon for over £250 ! I got a mint copy of each for a total of £56 including postage from the seller.

    I notice that the book sellers have ratings but I can't see how you rate them or is this automaticaly done by the volume of books they sell?

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  2. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    I have had great success with Abe Books. It's the first place I go to when looking for a book, especially out of print ones.
     
  3. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Have so far bought 3 books from them. Excellent service.

    cheers
    Paul
     
  4. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Ah yes, I always check on Abebooks before buying any book :)
     
  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    It's obviously down to the seller when buying secondhand through either Amazon or Abebooks but Abe does seem to attract a more traditional type of seller rather than the 'worth a fortune' brigade.

    I generally have the impression when dealing with the Abe sellers that they are the old overcrowded second-hand booksellers that I miss so much.
     
  6. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    I bought a Copy of Chronology of the War at Sea from Amazon.com and got it £17 cheaper than it was being offered on Amazon.co.uk.

    That is taking the Postage into account as well.
     
  7. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Drew
    One always goes to Abebooks first to see if it can be obtained, the other tip for
    collecting books that are hard to come by is your local secondhand bookshop, A guy
    I work with has an agreement with the owner and gets tipped off when his out of print motor racing books are bought. perhaps you could get first refusal on the military books at yours.
     
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    I notice that the book sellers have ratings but I can't see how you rate them or is this automaticaly done by the volume of books they sell?

    I think it's actually a measure of successful sales against returns. I've had one failed transaction through them; though I only mention that to dissuade you all from buying stuff that I want :p
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Andrew,

    I did wonder if the star rating was something like on Ebay where the buyers could leave feedback. No worrries and I quite happy with the 15 books I've received so far :D
     
  10. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Don't forget to get some of these - with a big discount for >5 that you can reinvest to fill them up. I was wondering how best to use the garage...
     
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  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    these

    Now there's a useful link...
    Having nearly been taken out by a bookslick a few weeks ago (Disaster averted by the rather substantial Hunnicutt Sherman book supporting the entire collapse) I've been shopping around for cheap new shelving.

    Cheers.
     
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Don't forget to get some of these - with a big discount for >5 that you can reinvest to fill them up. I was wondering how best to use the garage...

    Leave it !

    We started with two book shelves each and I have now filled three and I'm wondering how to persuade her to let me have the fourth :lol:
     
  13. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    I sense a new thread coming on...
     
  14. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Leave it !

    We started with two book shelves each and I have now filled three and I'm wondering how to persuade her to let me have the fourth :lol:

    This year I will be starting my book-based decor in another room, you just can't have too many books... or shelves

    I love Abebooks, never been disappointed yet.
     
  15. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    After being guided to Abe books by Paul I must say one is impressed a few rare ones, a few cheaper ones, and some very quickly posted ones:D
     
  16. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    But there's also the pain of going to buy it only to find someone's grabbed it from under your nose. Or the arrival of the 'item sold' email.

    Online bookbuying from home has one great advantage over traditional bookshops: you get a chance to check if you already have that book you really want!
     
  17. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I must say that I find this thread most reassuring. I'm constantly relaying less read publications up to the wall of shelves in the bedroom and the monthly magazines have now been relegated to the garage (it's OK it's integral and warm, has never had a car in it, only motorcycles and a leather wing chair).

    The kid's books (wonder who keeps buying them books ?) are expanding into a cabinet on the landing...

    ...but when I visit normal people's houses they have about six books and two magazines and everything fits neatly into those silly little pigeon holes that IKEA seems to specialise in. Are all Swedish books a standard format ?
     
  18. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Are all Swedish books a standard format ?

    Yes, so you can read them one-handed.

    Oops :blush:
     
  19. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    I have books everywhere my wife says she is going to cite it in our divorce:lol:
     
  20. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    ...but when I visit normal people's houses they have about six books and two magazines

    Who are these normal people? And more importantly - can we annexe their wall space for some filing-raum?
     
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