The internet auction has dramatically changed the process of collecting. This is especially true for specialized areas, such as collecting Tolkien. If you would like to read an early experience with Ebay,check this link: Sniping for Tolkien Collectibles

Ebay has become the major source for Tolkien collectibles as well as numerous other new and used items. In the words of one commentator, "Ebay has opened up America's old closets to the world". This rings true. Before Ebay, I would only find non-book items by accident. Books were available from specialized dealers but the inventory was unpredictable. The downside is that the availability of items has actually created a whole new group of collectors. This has increased demand and prices have shot dramatically upward.

Registering with Ebay

If you have never used Ebay, then click here to register:

Click here for your favorite eBay items

I have been a registered user with Ebay from 1996, when it was much smaller and called Auction Web. Ebay is very careful about protecting information that you provide as part of the registration process. Registration also protects Ebay users from bad transactions.

You should also check out the major system used to make transactions on Ebay, a service called Paypal. Paypal allows you to "beam" money to anyone with an e-mail address. It has revolutionized on-line transactions. Click here to register:

Searching Ebay

The secret to finding treasures on Ebay and any other internet auction is proper searching. Click here to go to the Ebay search page:








  A very high quality, beautiful sword. This would make a great decorative gift for the shield maiden in your life, or someone who just loves equestrian design.


  Now that the movies have largely run their merchandising course, this may be the best time to purchase high quality jewelry at discounted prices. Use these as gifts for years to come.


  It appears that any game that could possibly have a Lord of the Rings theme has been produced. These include Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Backgammon and Dominoes.



  Figures from the movies include a large action figure series. There are separate figure sets and color schemes for each movie. The highest quality figures were made by Sideshow WETA. Although these are expensive, they sell out quickly and will likely keep their values.

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