Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows misprint

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Copies of the hottest book of the year are appearing on eBay. Not however the mint editions you might expect, but collectable misprinted copies.

It’s questionable what the long term value of these will be, as it’s the final book in the series pottermania may decline in the future. At the moment though the few hundred errors from the 8.3 million copies printed are highly collectable (well that’s what the bidding on eBay indicates!)

The misprinted copies include lettering missing from the spine and gold letting from the front of the books. Maybe you’d prefer one with the cover attached upside down or one of the copies that have 30 entire pages missing!

If you’re lucky enough to have a copy which isn’t in tip top condition whatever you do don’t take it back to the shop, sell it on eBay and buy another for yourself!

7 Responses

  1. Hmmm. This seems different to misprinted stamps to me, somehow. A misprinted book is a mistake. Obsessive bibliophile as I am, it’s the content that I want, not the object, so a book with 30 pages missing is about as bad as it gets.

    Mind you, if anyone finds the copy with the missing sex scenes… ]:)

  2. I noticed with the last couple of volumes that many would be listed on as ‘rare 1st printing’. Millions of preorders & it’s rare?!?

  3. If it’s so rare, how come we received more than 30 copies with pages missing towards the end of the book?
    We had to search our stock after the first book was returned early Saturday morning. We discovered 25 books at that time, with additional ones returned from customers. The books were not just in one carton- the misprints were spread through our shipment. So much for quality control at Scholastic.

  4. These are not that rare. I work in a bookstore that have returned close to 100 misprinted books. We have customers returning books everyday, I wouldn’t waste my time on e-bay finding a so called rare book.

  5. Hi Christy
    If there are that many out there good on the people that managed to sell em at a premium. I bet they’re happy.
    Personally I agree…. I wouldn’t waste my time looking for them either (but I would sell one if someone else was looking…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


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