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  • slayn666
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    That’s what I was thinking, about waiting for the bubble to burst. We are definitely seeing some very high prices on the secondary market. Is there a consensus that we are in the middle of a bubble that’s destined to burst?

    I never buy books based on the market’s perceived value, though I do look out for what I believe are good deals and try to maximize my book-buying dollars. Books seem to be infinite, while the money I have to spend on them is not. My barometer is simply “am I okay with paying this price?”, which has served me well.
    It's hard to look at the skyrocketing prices of books by publishers such as Suntup, Centipede, and SubPress, and the near-instant sellouts of essentially everything they publish (there are exceptions, especially with SubPress) and not come to the conclusion that we're in a bubble. Not that books have never sold out or gone up in value, but we're seeing sellouts happen in a matter of hours or even minutes, and prices are immediately going up by 50% or more before the books are actually published.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    That’s what I was thinking, about waiting for the bubble to burst. We are definitely seeing some very high prices on the secondary market. Is there a consensus that we are in the middle of a bubble that’s destined to burst?

    I never buy books based on the market’s perceived value, though I do look out for what I believe are good deals and try to maximize my book-buying dollars. Books seem to be infinite, while the money I have to spend on them is not. My barometer is simply “am I okay with paying this price?”, which has served me well.
    You and share the same barometer on book purchasing decisions.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    I hadn’t seen any artwork for it yet, so based on your comment I went over to the site and looked, and found the posted preliminary cover. And, yeah, I see what you mean…car looks nice, but the wash of blood-red color, cartoonish figures, and title font suggest more of a Fast & Furious blockbuster vibe than what is supposed to be a serious exploration (in crime-fiction clothing) of race, poverty, and familial legacy. Disappointing, really seems to miss the mark.
    You’re assessment of the cover hits the mark. I had seen the artwork prior to any knowledge of the book and dismissed it. It was only after reading the comments about the book on this forum that I looked into it further and saw how highly the book is praised. With this cover art, I’m leaning toward passing on a limited and picking up a paperback. We’ll see.

    I will say that the art that I’ve seen from their other books look really nice.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    I’ve heard good things about BLACKTOP WASTELAND, but the preliminary art showcased did little for me. I did sign up for their newsletter.
    I hadn’t seen any artwork for it yet, so based on your comment I went over to the site and looked, and found the posted preliminary cover. And, yeah, I see what you mean…car looks nice, but the wash of blood-red color, cartoonish figures, and title font suggest more of a Fast & Furious blockbuster vibe than what is supposed to be a serious exploration (in crime-fiction clothing) of race, poverty, and familial legacy. Disappointing, really seems to miss the mark.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by mhatchett View Post
    Very pleased with my first MidWorld Press purchase. The book is substantial and well put together. Nice Art, I like it. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
    Thanks for posting your opinion about this. I was pretty curious as to how the book would turn out.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Good to hear, because that limited of BLACKTOP WASTELAND is on my pre-order radar, and I was curious how their debut (?) release looked.
    I’ve heard good things about BLACKTOP WASTELAND, but the preliminary art showcased did little for me. I did sign up for their newsletter.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by slayn666 View Post

    You could try to wait out the bubble, because it is going to burst at some point. The catch is that it might not have a significant impact on Centipede titles.
    That’s what I was thinking, about waiting for the bubble to burst. We are definitely seeing some very high prices on the secondary market. Is there a consensus that we are in the middle of a bubble that’s destined to burst?

    I never buy books based on the market’s perceived value, though I do look out for what I believe are good deals and try to maximize my book-buying dollars. Books seem to be infinite, while the money I have to spend on them is not. My barometer is simply “am I okay with paying this price?”, which has served me well.

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  • mhatchett
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    I'm getting that one too Ron, as soon as it is listed.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by mhatchett View Post
    Very pleased with my first MidWorld Press purchase. The book is substantial and well put together. Nice Art, I like it. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
    Good to hear, because that limited of BLACKTOP WASTELAND is on my pre-order radar, and I was curious how their debut (?) release looked.

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  • mhatchett
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    Very pleased with my first MidWorld Press purchase. The book is substantial and well put together. Nice Art, I like it. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Last edited by mhatchett; 04-30-2021, 05:53 PM. Reason: added photot

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  • slayn666
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    At some point I know I’m going to need to bite the bullet on the Leiber MoSF title. I was hoping the prices were from over-optimistic sellers but they’re actually selling at $600+ price points. I just can’t see dropping that much on the book.
    You could try to wait out the bubble, because it is going to burst at some point. The catch is that it might not have a significant impact on Centipede titles.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    At some point I know I’m going to need to bite the bullet on the Leiber MoSF title. I was hoping the prices were from over-optimistic sellers but they’re actually selling at $600+ price points. I just can’t see dropping that much on the book.

    I’m trying to fill in the older Centipede titles but this is an expensive game. I recently picked up their edition of THE OTHER which I’ve rarely seen up for sale, so there’s that.

    As for the Sub Press book, if you can swing it, buy it. I almost always regret passing on a book I’ve been hunting down.
    Congrats on acquiring THE OTHER. I have that one, too, and it’s an interesting example of how Jerad was still working on fine-tuning the design look that his books would eventually settle into.

    You’re probably right on the Sub Press book. Along with price at the moment and a burdened budget, it’s among the books that Centipede is planning to produce an edition of in the future, so I’m kind of inclined to wait...but who knows how long it may be, so... And the Sub Press edition is a truly beautiful edition that could preempt the need for a later CP edition...maybe.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    I do have the Leiber SF volume (the single SF, not the slipcased MotWT double volume), but skipped the Farhad series...just not enough of a fantasy fan to go down that road (same reason I skipped the Moorcock series).

    EDIT: Just checked the price on that Leiber, and yikes, you’re not kidding...no idea it’d gone up that much.

    On an unrelated note, a older, scarce Sub Press S/L that I’ve wanted for a long time just popped up on eBay...not sure I can swing it with all the Centipede and Suntup AE purchases over the last couple weeks, but I sure wish I could...it rarely pops up anymore.
    At some point I know I’m going to need to bite the bullet on the Leiber MoSF title. I was hoping the prices were from over-optimistic sellers but they’re actually selling at $600+ price points. I just can’t see dropping that much on the book.

    I’m trying to fill in the older Centipede titles but this is an expensive game. I recently picked up their edition of THE OTHER which I’ve rarely seen up for sale, so there’s that.

    As for the Sub Press book, if you can swing it, buy it. I almost always regret passing on a book I’ve been hunting down.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    I got in late on both and now scour the aftermarket for reasonable prices for the ones I missed. Woolrich books aren’t that bad ($150 is the norm), except for the first two volumes of the Collected Short Fiction. The Lafferty books, though, man, $350+ for each of the first three books easy. I just don’t know if I can swallow those prices. The prices on the Fritz Leiber MoSF is also KILLING me.
    I do have the Leiber SF volume (the single SF, not the slipcased MotWT double volume), but skipped the Farhad series...just not enough of a fantasy fan to go down that road (same reason I skipped the Moorcock series).

    EDIT: Just checked the price on that Leiber, and yikes, you’re not kidding...no idea it’d gone up that much.

    On an unrelated note, a older, scarce Sub Press S/L that I’ve wanted for a long time just popped up on eBay...not sure I can swing it with all the Centipede and Suntup AE purchases over the last couple weeks, but I sure wish I could...it rarely pops up anymore.
    Last edited by RonClinton; 04-27-2021, 05:50 PM.

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