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    SUBPRESS GRAB BAG

    Just wondering if anyone else jumped on that Subterranean Press grab bag offer this week. I'll probably do an unboxing video to show my haul.

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    I passed but I look forward to seeing what you get.

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    No, I don't do Grab Bags as I like to choose and know what I'm buying. Chances are too high I either wouldn't like what I received (as if I'd wanted them I would have already bought them earlier when initially inidividually offered) or would already have them (again, because I would have bought the ones I actually wanted earlier). As well, I don't want to mess with the hassle, effort, and time of selling unwanted and/or duplicate books on eBay for pennies on the dollar. So I just make it a practice to buy what I want when I can, pick up those I don't buy at initial offering later on the secondary market, and skip the rest...so Grab Bags just don't enter into the equation for me.
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    I'm kind of in the same boat as Ron - I have purchased a few CD grab bags, and more often than not, I have been happy. However - I end up with duplicates and/or books I probably would not have purchased when they were originally offered. Plus, I find Sub Press pricey (out of my budget anyway). Which reminds, I will have to get on with my bookshelf purge soon - too many books that I won't ever end up reading, and need to make room for those that I want to acquire.

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    I bought the last Sub Press grab bag and while I got a lot of books, I haven't read any of them yet plus the book store I would have been interested in I would have already purchased them.

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    I'm reading a lot of my own thoughts reflected back at me. I used to buy every grab bag CD offered but I've slowed my roll somewhat. The worst grab bag I've ever bought was the Dark Regions grab bag from a year ago. There was nothing in that batch I was burning to read. But I thought I'd try one from SubPress anyway. Just to get a sense of how different publishers do grab bags. I only have one SubPress book so why not?

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    I have usually had good luck with Cemetery Grab bags and have been introduced to many authors I had not read yet. The one thing I have learned is to not order "in stock" grab bags as I often get duplicates. Once I bought an in stock grab bag and I already had every book. I have had good luck trading my duplicates at Powell's. The worst grab bag I ever brought was from Overlook Connection as there was literally nothing in it that I placed any value on. I generally look for grab bags that are not expensive as they are crap shoots. This is probably the reason I have not ordered a Sub Press grab bag yet, that and although I like the quality of there books many are not my thing. I have had good luck with PS Publishing as well, the last one I bought from them was literally a bag full of books.
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    While interesting or tempting the Subterranean Press Grab Bag specials are too pricey for me. I was checking out their Rarities section recently and was closely looking at one title. I held off on making the purchase.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    No, I don't do Grab Bags as I like to choose and know what I'm buying. Chances are too high I either wouldn't like what I received (as if I'd wanted them I would have already bought them earlier when initially inidividually offered) or would already have them (again, because I would have bought the ones I actually wanted earlier). As well, I don't want to mess with the hassle, effort, and time of selling unwanted and/or duplicate books on eBay for pennies on the dollar. So I just make it a practice to buy what I want when I can, pick up those I don't buy at initial offering later on the secondary market, and skip the rest...so Grab Bags just don't enter into the equation for me.
    Ditto, I never seemed to hit the jack-pot on the grab bags. I'm happy for those who do though!

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    I passed, though I've always been tempted by the SubPress grab bag. Generally, I've enjoyed CD's, but since I buy so much of what they offer, the appeal of the grab bags isn't quite there anymore due to the same reasons listed above.

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    I bought a couple of the Sub Press grab bags many years ago, before I had ordered many of their books. At the time, they were a good deal. I didn't get anything I already owned, and I remember liking most of what I got.

    I wouldn't buy any grab bags now. I order what I want, and try to get any non-collectibles as e-books, because I need to stop filling the house with books.

    As you can see, the e-book folder has gotten quite large:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    I passed, though I've always been tempted by the SubPress grab bag. Generally, I've enjoyed CD's, but since I buy so much of what they offer, the appeal of the grab bags isn't quite there anymore due to the same reasons listed above.
    I fall into this category too - I actually have more CD than I thought I did! And have pretty much everyone I "really" want, except for ones that are long out of print from before I knew about CD. My favourite GBs though are usually the early reader ones though...those I know I won't already have on my bookshelf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJCams View Post
    My favourite GBs though are usually the early reader ones though...those I know I won't already have on my bookshelf!
    See, and that's another lack of appeal for me, beyond the points I mentioned above...I don't like ARCs (am assuming that's what the "early reader" pubs are), don't collect them, don't want them anywhere near my collection. I have a real aversion to them (though I know a few collect them, which I've frankly never understood), so there is absolutely no appeal to me for a gift bag full of 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    See, and that's another lack of appeal for me, beyond the points I mentioned above...I don't like ARCs (am assuming that's what the "early reader" pubs are), don't collect them, don't want them anywhere near my collection. I have a real aversion to them (though I know a few collect them, which I've frankly never understood), so there is absolutely no appeal to me for a gift bag full of 'em.
    I love the early reader's bags, yes they are ARCs and I love the unannounced books bags. When CD does those they also include in the announcement that if you have the grab bag ordered you do not need to order this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I love the early reader's bags, yes they are ARCs and I love the unannounced books bags. When CD does those they also include in the announcement that if you have the grab bag ordered you do not need to order this one.
    Yes. My thoughts exactly. Those are fantastic. Forthcoming grab bags are great value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Just wondering if anyone else jumped on that Subterranean Press grab bag offer this week. I'll probably do an unboxing video to show my haul.
    I was going to but was late to the party and they had sold out. Interested to know what you receive.

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    I skipped it . In the past I have ordered and have loved what I received. In my first subterranean press grab bag I received books from them and cemetery dance. Including Mister Slaughter, Joe Hills Locke and Key deluxe signed edition and both gift editions of Secretary of Dreams.as well as Norm Partridge Lesser Demons and 6 other books. That was the mother load of a great grab bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookworm 1 View Post
    I skipped it . In the past I have ordered and have loved what I received. In my first subterranean press grab bag I received books from them and cemetery dance. Including Mister Slaughter, Joe Hills Locke and Key deluxe signed edition and both gift editions of Secretary of Dreams.as well as Norm Partridge Lesser Demons and 6 other books. That was the mother load of a great grab bag.
    That was a helluva haul for sure!

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    I'm starting to see photos pop up on FB and it looks like a pretty mixed bag.

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