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Ever since Waterman so generously lent me his Tarbell, vol 7 book, I've been haunting eBay to get my own so I can mail it back it him [smile].

Full sets of all 8 volumes most typically go for $225 or so. And individual volumes are almost always in the $25-$30 dollar range. 

I'm cheap and so was hoping to find either a full set for MUCH less than $225, or a single copy or Vol 7 for much less than $30. I don't quite understand why I feel I must pay less. But that's a topic for another venue and time :-P.

Anyway, I've bid and lost on a couple of sets and individual copies...until today. I got a full set for $135. Woohoo!!

Good news, Waterman. I can mail your book back now[smile].

I wanted to share this not only because I am unreasonably excited about this, but also to remind folks about what a great resource eBay CAN be for buying magic resources. Sometimes people don't quite know what something is worth when they are selling off their books. And this allows us magicians (or magicians-in-training) to give a good home to something really worth having.

Now I wait.

Have a great and magical week, everyone!

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That's a great deal, Ken!  I've never tried eBay ... in fact I'm kind of afraid to shop there.
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eBay is how I buy mainly every magic book! That is about the same price as the set of Tarbell that I picked up from eBay as well! I've never been screwed over and there are very reputable dealers that have tons of books. 

Just to name a few recent purchases from this year: 
  1. The Magic Book $13 (STEAL)
  2. Dai Vernon Book of Magic $39 
  3. Jennings 67 $11 + shipping
  4. Vernon Chronicles: 1 $32
  5. Greater Magic (3rd printing) $75
I do my best to snipe things at the lowest possible price. I have had a few bidding wars for items, but my pockets aren't very deep so I usually back off. The key is to be patient and find the sellers who aren't magic dealers or magic book sellers. A lot of people buy magic lots from estates and don't care to price their books correctly. Some books are also prices way too high, but as they say: A product is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. 

Great score man! Buying magic books is addicting. I know I don't even have nearly enough time to go through them all but knowing I have them for reference feels great.

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Great find Ken! Don't feel rushed to send back Volume 7! Enjoy it until your set arrives.

I was planning on hitting the sack, but you've got me logging onto E-bay instead!!!
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Now there'll be so many of you guys on eBay, I'll never get a deal!
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Now there'll be so many of you guys on eBay, I'll never get a deal!


There are some techniques to getting the best deals, but finding them is the most fun part I think. There is always tons of stuff for cheap if you look in the right places. 

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Oh man, great find! I've always wanted to grab a full set of Tarbell, maybe I should start ebay hunting. I use it to find bicycle cards, they're not as cheap as getting them at walmart I imagine, but when you live in Australia it's about as cheap as you can get. Then again I probably shouldn't tempt myself...I already have so much to get through!!!
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That's a great deal, Ken!  I've never tried eBay ... in fact I'm kind of afraid to shop there.


I also buy a lot on eBay - magic and other stuff. I actually find the safety net provided by eBay and PayPal very effective. I've rarely needed it and it can be a little frustrating, but it works. I've never had to eat a bad purchase.

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For those afraid to shop on eBay, I'll think I can help allay your fears. I've been doing it for almost 20 years (seems amazing to think about). It's not my primary online shopping source, but when I'm looking for something that is likely to be good enough when used (books, CDs, coins, etc.), it's great. I even bought my first digital recording studio (Roland VS880) from eBay for $1,200 back in 1999. I never had any problems then and in 2017, security and quality control are even better. 

I say fear not!

Cheers!

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I've purchased many a great collectible magic book on eBay, with zero issues. I've also sold thousands upon thousands of magic tricks and books on eBay (by the way, seller feedback numbers are generally only about 1/3 of the actual total of items sold). One of the best things about that community for me, is how many friends I've made, who started out as customers.

It's a lot of fun for me. I've had many a famous magician purchase from me, so if it works for them, it'll work for you, too.

In fact, just today, a customer who made a purchase from me several​ months ago emailed me through eBay out of the blue, to inquire as to how I'm doing with a terminal illness he knows I have. Pretty incredible and truly encouraging.



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Congrats!
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I've purchased many a great collectible magic book on eBay, with zero issues. I've also sold thousands upon thousands of magic tricks and books on eBay (by the way, seller feedback numbers are generally only about 1/3 of the actual total of items sold). One of the best things about that community for me, is how many friends I've made, who started out as customers. It's a lot of fun for me. I've had many a famous magician purchase from me, so if it works for them, it'll work for you, too. In fact, just today, a customer who made a purchase from me several months ago emailed me through eBay out of the blue, to inquire as to how I'm doing with a terminal illness he knows I have. Pretty incredible and truly encouraging.


That's awesome, Amazer!

I accidentally (:-)) ended up winning an auction for an individual Tarbell, Vol 1 and a Tabell, Vol. 7. I'll be turning around and selling these on eBay. I've also got a lot of magic stuff that I may never use again that will also go up soon, depending on how well I do with some of this stuff. 

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