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 Posted: Tue Sep 15th, 2020 10:50 pm
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My copy just showed up in the mail. 

Haven't had a chance to go through it yet.




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You will love it.





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You bought more than one copy?

That's a fan!






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No, just one.

The author on facebook was selling them.  $40 plus postage.

Apparently the publisher was threatening to shred them to make room for other stock.




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Usually they have to throw out the last ones for a few pennies,
there are sellers who specializes on this, like Barnes and Noble.

That's business!

Have often cringed when I saw books I had bought at full price when they were released,
then go for $10 / apiece.

Another example, the excellent book on the SP&S by Austin & Dill... or, Tacoma by Trolley...




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I have a number of books that I've bought new. 
Just never know if you'll ever see them again.

Also have quite a few of used books since that was all I could find, or afford. 
Many times I'll discover a book that I never new existed and just have to have it.

There's not a large market for railroad books. 
Not likely you'll find one on the best seller's list.




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corv8 wrote:  
Have often cringed when I saw books I had bought at full price when they were released,
then go for $10 / apiece.

Another example, the excellent book on the SP&S by Austin & Dill... or, Tacoma by Trolley...


Good point.

I can buy Wing's Tacoma by Trolley book at lots of venues for $20 for a new copy if I want one.


I'd had the SP&S book and sold it at a show for $45,
only to find brand new copies in the box for $25 each at the same show.

I bet that guy, when he saw the new copies,
cursed that he hadn't walked the show first before buying my copy.

But I wound up buying a new copy and kept that one anyway.
You couldn't hit a model train show anywhere in the pacific NW,
without seeing someone with a copy for sale.


How about the books that go for a fortune on the secondary market and suddenly plummet in value?

Fred Hyde's excellent book on the Milwaukee Road was going for $150 a copy or more,
if you were lucky to find one, no matter where you looked.

Then almost overnight you could find them for $30-40 if you looked enough.

One just sold on eBay for $50, though some Amazon sellers still have them around $150-200,
not that this means they'll sell for that much, though.

This is an out of print book so it's not the same thing.


A friend of mine suggested it meant the original buyers of these books are croaking,
and we're now seeing the cast offs from their estates.
He might be right about that.




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Finally got a chance to look at the book.

First, the author, Dave Stanley, was nice enough to sign the book. 
Wasn't expecting that.

This is a big book with some 400 pages. 
Many many photos, and gives a complete history of the CCT. 

Anyone interested in California railroading, traction, and short lines,
should consider picking up a copy.




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