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    Re: Buying secondhand maritime books.
    From: Gordon Talge
    Date: 2004 Feb 2, 08:46 PST

    Sometimes you have to be a little careful dealing with
    used book stores. Two experiences come to mind.
    First, a used bookstore back east "offered" to do a
    search for some books I had been looking for. I said
    ok, and sent them a list. About a month later they
    responded that they really couldn't find what I was
    looking for, and the books they did find, the prices were
    way out of line, but they had some alternative books.  I
    "failed" to respond to them and they got really angry
    and sent me a hot e-mail back , that after they had
    done all this search work for me, I should have bought
    something from them. The moal of this story is, if
    you request a search for a particular title and the store
    happens to come up with it, they EXPCET you to buy
    it at whatever price they quote, no matter how outragous.
    Second, I was looking for  about an 1890 or so edition
    of Nories. I found one  over abe.com in the U.K. I e-mailed them about it and they assured me it was ( I
    think 1891 edition), so I orderd it from them. It took 6
    weeks by sea mail to get to California and when I opened it up, it was an 1917 edition!.  Needless to
    say  I e-mailed them back and they failed to respond to any and all e-mails from me about anything!
    Oh, yeah it did have 1891 printed in it. Something like
    "Copyright 1841, 1885, 1891, 1901, 1917". ( Not exactly
    what it had as I don't have the book in front of me, but
    like that ).
    Moral of the story is "Be prepared to get burned once
    and a while".
    -- Gordon

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