A Word Of Thanks To Genuine & Friendly eBay Sellers

It makes a lot of sense to say that my number one source for secondhand books is eBay. Decent bookshops for my kind of reading material are sadly almost non-existent in my area and online book dealers can sometimes be far too mercenary when it comes to the prices they want for anything they deem to be rare in any way. No, I can sit on my couch with a cup of tea and my iPad on my lap as I browse in comfort. It’s obviously a very hit and miss affair, search for any given author and you’ll invariably get dozens of new editions up for sale or fairly tatty examples of older works. It’s off piste or weirdly random where things start to get interesting. Sometimes I can go for weeks without so much as a sniff then all of a sudden I hit a long list of great books – all of which I must have of course, often from the same seller.

I’ve made some great contacts through eBay too, sellers who genuinely communicate in a friendly way and maybe even offer deals for frequent buyers. People who refund excess postage without having to be asked or just send a pleasant message to say “thanks for buying my books” or “hello again, nice to have you back”. I even have the pleasure of occasionally buying from a lady who meticulously wraps each book in coloured tissue paper and includes a small handwritten card making them far more like little presents than mere vintage paperbacks (thanks Bernie!) It makes the world a better place to be in and I’m glad to be doing business with people just like these, some of whom I have come to call real friends over the years despite having never met any of them in person.

This week’s selection of book covers, online purchases each and every one is dedicated to those very eBay sellers who have managed through their generosity and kind actions to put a smile on my usually worldweary face (I mean, have you seen my Gravatar, I gave the photographer my full repertoire of “blissfully happy with not a care in the world” looks and this is the best he could come up with!) – for that very fact ladies and gentlemen of eBay, I for one would like to take this opportunity to stand up and thank you heartily. Please carry on doing what you’re doing well and take pleasure in the knowledge that there are some of us out here snapping up your wares whilst greatly appreciating your efforts in recognising us as living, breathing customers with feelings too – actual human beings rather than a mere software trigger to demand the moving of a package from one location to another.

Now, enough sentimental noodling, let’s get to the best bit – books! Here’s my choice of five, all eBay purchases mind. Feel free to comment on any aspect of the article above or just the book covers, I always look forward to our conversations.

The People Maker by Damon Knight
This version was published in 1959 by Zenith Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Knight The People Maker

The Pandora Effect by Jack Williamson
This version was published in 1969 by Ace Books
The cover artist is C. Gross

Williamson The Pandora Effect

A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire by Michael Bishop
This version was published in 1975 by Ballantine Books
The cover artist is Gene Szafran

Bishop A Funeral For The Eyes Of Fire

City Of A Thousand Suns by Samuel R. Delany
This version was published in 1969 by Sphere Books
The cover artist is Russell Fitzgerald

Delany City Of A Thousand Suns

Ladies Day / This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
This version was published in 1968 by Belmont Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Bloch Ladies Day - This Crowded Earth


7 thoughts on “A Word Of Thanks To Genuine & Friendly eBay Sellers

  1. Bernie 15/11/2014 / 11:54 am

    What lovely comments, thankyou xx But you know, it’s a two way street, I can only be a friendly seller if I have a friendly buyer. I’ve made some great friends during my time on eBay and although I’m sometimes remiss in writing as often as I should, I do appreciate them all.

    OK, today’s bundle, favourite is The Pandora Effect, those two tiny pairs of eyes peeping put from the background gave me a real frisson.

    Again these are all new to me, apart from the Delany, so thanks for the opportunity to see them

    Take care of yourself, Bernie xx


    • unsubscriber 15/11/2014 / 7:50 pm

      I was just waiting to see your name pop up on this post and here it is! I completely agree with your point about having to have a little reciprocation but… your books still come wrapped like little presents!

      I had a really pleasant email out of the blue a few days ago from an eBay seller I’ve been using a lot recently. I’d mentioned this article and told him that I considered him to be one of the few genuinely caring sellers, he sent a long email message of thanks and spoke about eBay, dealing with online customers, selling & collecting books/records and plenty more besides. I feel like my books are coming from a good home when I buy them, just like all my other favourite people.

      One more thing – it always seems that the best and most genuine vendors on eBay are (or were) collectors themselves and not just trying to take the cash and run. It’s obviously a natural connection that forms through the chaos of the internet.

      Thanks for the comment Bernie – and the books too! I’m sorry for being rubbish with email too but at least we get to have a quick natter on here occasionally.

      P.S. The Pandora Effect cover is my fave of this stash too, it’s so richly detailed and slightly unsettling.

      Best wishes and look after yourself too xx


  2. Bernie 16/11/2014 / 12:21 pm

    There seem to be 3 main types of bookseller on eBay, the mega-listers who have terrible feedback and are just “box shifters”, “ordinary” people who buy to read and then get rid afterwards, and then the collectors, sub-divided into ex- and current- The Exes list loads and loads hoping they’ll go to a loving home like the one they came from, and the currents who sell duplicates (just bought a better copy maybe), or who’ll buy a bundle for one they want and sell the remainder on. I think the type of seller has a direct correlation to the service provided.

    By the way, I wouldn’t dream of hi-jacking your blog to advertise myself, but if you ever wanted to mention my eBay name on here I wouldn’t object 🙂

    As ever, take care of yourself, Bernie xxx

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    • unsubscriber 16/11/2014 / 5:51 pm

      Great breakdown of types there Bernie, I know exactly what you mean xx


  3. lcmt 17/11/2014 / 12:09 am

    Wow, I love The Pandora Effect cover, but the one for A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire makes me want to read the book.

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    • unsubscriber 17/11/2014 / 12:33 am

      Thanks for the comment, The Pandora Effect Cover is my favourite of this little batch too, it’s so richly detailed. Eyes of Fire is a damn good read if you find it going cheap on eBay or in a bookstore. Best wishes.


  4. Bernie 17/11/2014 / 1:02 pm

    Ahem 🙂


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