Since I am sure that the winning bidder will read this, I want to make one point clear: I had nothing to do with the seller's decision not to sell the books to the winning bidder. From what I was told, two other eBay users gave the seller information about the winning bidder that caused the transaction to fall through.
Vintage Nancy Drew Secret Of The Old Clock 1st edition
This auction was for an Old Clock book with a dust jacket that lists to Lilac Inn. The auction closed at $532.56. This offer was posted in the listing:
DEAR SIRS, HELLO AND KINDEST REGARDS!! I WILL GIVE YOU 200 DOLLARS BY OVERNIGHT MAIL TOMORROW MORNING IF YOU STOP THIS AUCTION RIGHT NOW AND SELL TO ME. CONSIDERING THE BOOK IS 80 YEARS OLD, AND THE BAD CONDITION OF MOLD, I AM OFFERING YOU A FANTASTIC PROFIT!! YOU DONT WANT TO GIVE THE BOOK AWAY FOR 10 DOLLARS !!Vintage Nancy Drew The Hidden Staircase 1st edition
This auction was for a Hidden Staircase book with a dust jacket that lists to Lilac Inn. It closed at $572.22. This offer was posted on the item page:
DEAR SIRS, HELLO AND KIND REGARDS!! I WILL GIVE YOU 100 DOLLARS IF YOU STOP THIS AUCTION AND SELL TO ME THIS BOOK. I WILL OVERNIGHT MAIL YOU THE MONEY. CONSIDERING THE AGE, THE MOLD, AND THE POOR CONDITION OF THE BOOK, I AM OFFERING YOU A FANTASTIC PROFIT!! YOU DONT WANT TO GIVE THIS BOOK AWAY FOR 10 DOLLARS.Vintage Nancy Drew Mystery At Lilac Inn 1st edit 1930
This auction closed at $449.00 and was for a Lilac Inn book with a dust jacket that lists to Shadow Ranch. This offer was posted on the item page:
DEAR BRIAN, HELLO AND KINDEST REGARDS!! I WILL GIVE YOU 400 DOLLARS FOR THIS BOOK, 400 DOLLARS FOR THE OLD CLOCK BOOK, AND 400 DOLLARS FOR THE SHADOW RANCH BOOK, AND 400 DOLLARS FOR THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE. BRIAN, THAT IS A 1600 DOLLAR PROFIT FOR YOU.CONSIDERING THE AGE OF 80 YEARS, THE BAD CONDITION, AND THE MOLD, THIS IS THE GREATEST PROFIT YOU WILL MAKE THIS YEAR!! BRIAN, LAST MARCH, ANOTHER SELLER LISTED 3 NANCY DREW BOOKS OF THE SAME VINTAGE AS YOURS,BUT NEW DUSTJACKETS.I OFFERED HIM A GREAT DEAL. HE HELD OUT.I WARNED HIM ITS A BUYERS MARKET.HE LOST THE BOOKS FOR LESS THAN 50 DOLLARS EACH.NEXT DAY, HE EMAILED ME AND ASKED IF MY OFFER WAS STILL VALID.TOO LATE.HE LOST THE BOOKS FOR PENNIES.HE WAS FURIOUS WITH HIMSELF FOR NOT ACCEPTING MY OFFER. IN THIS BANKRUPT ECONOMY, YOU CANNOT BE GREEDY AND HOLD OUT TIL THE LAST DAY.SMART PEOPLE TAKE THE HIGHEST OFFER.BRIAN,MY OFFER FOR 1600 DOLLARS IS ONLY VALID UNTIL WEDNESDAY MORNING.Vintage Nancy Drew The Secret At Shadow Ranch 1st edit
This last auction was for the first printing book and jacket for Shadow Ranch. While this was the most desirable of the four books, it was also in the worst condition. This auction closed at $799.35. This offer was posted on the item page:
DEAR SIRS, HELLO AND KIND REGARDS !! I WILL GIVE YOU 100 DOLLARS IF YOU STOP THIS AUCTION AND SELL THIS BOOK TO ME. I WILL OVERNIGHT MAIL YOU THE MONEY TOMORROW MORNING. CONSIDERING THE AGE OF 80 YEARS OLD,THE BAD MOLD, AND THE BAD CONDITION OF THE BOOK, THIS IS A FANTASTIC PROFIT FOR YOU!! YOU DONT WANT TO GIVE THIS BOOK AWAY FOR 10 DOLLARS.The immediate effect of these offers is that the seller decided that the books were not fit for eBay. He was not used to selling on eBay, so he was unaware that most collectors check eBay auctions. The seller was not going to accept the offers, but he was seriously considering canceling the auctions. He had approached a local book dealer about the books and thought that he was better off taking that dealer's offer than letting the auctions run. The seller was planning to cancel the auctions during the last day if the bids were not high enough. I managed to convince him that he was best off letting the auctions run until the very end.
Desperate private offers can scare sellers into not selling the books at all. This situation serves as a good example of why collectors might not want to come on so strong. In the past, we also have seen collectors contact sellers and gush over the books, telling them the highest price in Farah's Guide for a book in excellent condition, despite the poor condition of the book offered for sale. That behavior can also cause the books to be removed from eBay.
I suggest that anyone who is interested in these types of Nancy Drew books go ahead and place an early bid in the auction. I do that each time I see a book like these. We need sellers to know that the only interested collectors are not just the people who are making the private offers. So few people now bid early on these auctions that it often appears that nobody is interested.
Note: The person who made the offers on these auctions is the same person who had the auction mentioned here closed early.