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