I had to do it quickly because if I decided to begin reading my complete set of Girls of Canby Hall, which was what I intended to read after I finished Hardy Boys #1-58, then I knew that I would never read the Hardy Boys Digests. I know myself well enough to know that despite my best intentions, I will never get back to a series after I move on to another series.
I began looking around online for sets, of which there were none. There had been a complete set of Hardy Boys Digests on eBay in January and at an excellent price, but that set had sold. I didn't want the books in January. If I had only known...
I saw some small lots. However, there would be lots of duplicates, and some lots weren't that reasonable. I could as a last resort use Thriftbooks.com, where most likely all titles would be available at $3.59 each. If I did that, the books would end up costing me over $400 total to complete the set. Ouch. But I could get the set done fast.
And then I saw it.
An eBay seller listed "Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Novels (ebay's largest collection)" on February 5 at a starting bid of $800 and a Buy It Now of $2,500. This was the mother of all Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys lots. It was huge. The seller's description was as follows.
Nancy Drew Volumes 1-175I detected an obvious typo in the 76 Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, since there are just 36 volumes in the set. I also noticed that the Casefiles last number didn't match the last number in that series, but otherwise, the numbers offered matched up with complete sets of everything. All I cared about was the line that read "The Hardy Boys Volumes 1-190." OMG. Every single Digest in addition to the complete set of hardcover books.
Nancy Drew Case Files Volumes 1-124
Nancy Drew on Campus Volumes 1-25
The Hardy Boys Volumes 1-190
The Hardy Boys Case Files 1-122
Nancy Drew and hardy Boys Volumes 1-76
Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Ghost Files 2 volumes
Hardy boys and Tom Swift 2 volumes
The seller provided these pictures showing just some of the books offered.
But should I bid? I wasn't concerned about anyone taking the Buy It Now, which was way too high. Additionally, the opening bid of $800 would scare most people off. I waited and watched, thinking about the lot every single day. I kept checking and no bids. I was also concerned about the risk, so I kept thinking about it the entire seven days. Oh, I wanted the books, but what if I didn't get all of them? What if I didn't get the Hardy Boys Digests?
$800 was not too high of a price for what was offered altogether, and I also knew that I would get my money back if the books were not received. But most importantly, I wanted the books, and I didn't want this to be a failed transaction. Should I bid?
I wanted to ask the seller to photograph more of the books to raise my confidence, but I took a calculated risk and did not ask. If the seller would have added more photos, that would have given more confidence to other prospective bidders. I was hoping for no competition. That is, if I decided to bid.
Of course all along, I knew that I would bid. I did, and I won the auction at the opening bid of $800. I was still worried, because large lots are almost never packaged well. This is just the reality of large lots, and this was by far the largest lot I had ever purchased.
Four days after I won the auction, the seller put tracking numbers up. I then got worried a few days later when one package showed as delivered in Oregon, which is where the seller is located. I asked about the packages. I learned that the seller had been called away and that someone else had shipped the books. Something went wrong, and most of the packages had been returned.
I have not given the specific details, but I feel confident that what I was told was true, even though frustrating for me. I am good at reading sellers and have always been correct about whether they were telling me the truth or telling me a lie. I felt that the seller was being honest and would get the books delivered, even though I was gradually getting more and more stressed. By the way, huge bulk lots are always stressful. Something always goes wrong. That's why I was indecisive about bidding. I knew that I was setting myself up for a lot of worry.
It was apparent that two packages were coming and that the others had been returned to the seller. I had run out of Hardy Boys Digest books, so I went around to several local stores to buy more Hardy Boys Digests so that I could keep reading.
continued in "eBay's Largest Collection Part 2"