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News" (HMN) reports that several automotive literature
dealers are turning to reprint literature for customer
sales. Although reprints may be more profitable for
them to sell than original literature, they are doing
collectors a disservice. Collectors want to be able
to sell their literature for a profit when they no longer
want it just as a collector car can be sold at a profit.
Reprints have no resale value. Even if they are useful
for information, they are not collectible.
An additional problem presents itself when "HMN"
states that the reprints are exactly like the originals.
This means they could be passed off as originals. Not
by the honest dealers who initially sell them, but by
buyers who offer them for re-sale on, possibly an auction
website such as eBay ("buyer beware"), or
who take them to swapmeets for resale. That makes them
counterfeits and collectors need to be wary!
There is no reason to buy reprints when originals are
available at reasonable prices. McLellan's Automotive
History, with 44 years of experience in evaluating,
purchasing and selling automotive literature, does not
sell reprints or reproductions. With over 100,000 items
available online, all with photographs and detailed
descriptions, you will never have to turn to a reprint
for any reason not with 600 new items added to
their inventory every month. Original literature, in
excellent condition ensures you literature at a fair
price and an investment which is better than the stock
and real estate markets in the long term.
For additional information on reprint literature, the
following articles will be of interest: