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If you mostly collect pre-1940 (or pre-1953 British Colonies) the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue is a worthwhile reference. The bad thing is it retails for US$179 and is seldom discounted much.

Even when several years old, people get $100+ for them. I don't know why, but Amazon is letting you pre-order the 2024 edition (will be released in mid-November) for $53.99 i.e. 70% off.

This is unheard of. Amazon doesn't charge for pre-orders until shipping, so I don't see how this could be a scam -- if the product turns out to not be available, you won't get charged for it. Have a go at getting one on the cheap if you need it...

https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Specialized-Catalogue-Stamps- ... 100&sr=8-4
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Thanks for the heads-up, erich! If it turns out to be a genuine listing/doesn't get pulled before November, that is quite the savings.
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Nice find Erich .. Amazon website says they are out of stock ... so maybe be someone spotted the glitch and pulled the deal?

I did wonder if this was for the EBOOK version, (Scott charge nutty prices for those) but they do quote a weight and state it is 'hard cover'.


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I think Amazon show 'temporarily out of stock' when the book has not yet been released.
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Pre-order successfully placed!

Thanks erich for the info on this incredible deal.

Even a used copy from a few years back will cost more than this.
I have suggested my stamp club also buys one, I hope they do.

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norvic wrote: 25 May 2023 22:46 I think Amazon show 'temporarily out of stock' when the book has not yet been released.
Not always--there's often a preorder option when the release date is known or has been provided to Amazon.

For what it's worth, that is still what I see when I follow the original link:
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I relayed this to a US forum (where the market may be bigger).

Chas Snee has come back on there and written:

Hello, Ian et al.: That listing did not originate with Amos Media, publisher of the Scott catalogs. It has been reported to Amazon.

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Amos etc, are not the seller of 99.99% of Scott cats on Amazon (or Ebay) so Chad's comments are surely meaningless? Retailers have always priced as they see fit.

If buyers are not charged now, how does a scammer gain from this sort of thing?
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Pre-orders are charged on the day of shipping. It also shows Amazon as the seller, so the buyer doesn't risk a penny. There is no scam here.

"Listing not originating from Scott" is a political statement. Doesn't deny anything about Scott selling the catalog to Amazon at a discount.
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Don't shoot the messenger. Just reporting.
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norvic wrote: 27 May 2023 02:00 Don't shoot the messenger. Just reporting.
That's right. The response from Linn's is not credible, though.
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I believe it. Whether or not it is realistic, or reasonable is a different matter.

Chas has been a member here. I believe he did what he said he did - therefore the response is credible.
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The short answer only states the obvious but does not give any information about the presence or absence of a highly discounted sales agreement between Amos and Amazon.

That's why I say the answer is political and hence not reliable.
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I'm not sure why there needs to be any discussion.

The very fact that 'The listing has been reported to Amazon', whilst odd - if it is Amazon selling the book - Indicated to me that Amos were not aware of it.

But it really doesn't matter. I'm not buying the book. I don't even collect US stamps.

I copied the OP to the other forum and it was welcomed by members as it was here.

I coped the Snee reply to this forum and all I get is flak.


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It now shows $118.00

2024 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps & Covers 1840-1940: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps & Covers (World 1840-1940) (Scott Stamp Catalogues) Hardcover – November 10, 2023
by Jay Bigalke (Editor), James Kloetzel (Editor), Charles Snee (Contributor)
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1 New from $118.08

https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Specialized-Catalogue-Stamps- ... 100&sr=8-4
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Hope he is stuck with supplying the folks who ordered at $US55 or whatever! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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I just clicked on my order and ............... :D :D


Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal: $80.42 CAD
Shipping & Handling: $5.90
FREE Shipping: -$5.90
Total before tax: $80.42
Estimated GST/HST: $4.02
Estimated PST/RST/QST: $0.00
Grand Total: $84.44 CAD

I would stock it anyway, so we'll see how it goes in October.

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John .. what odds are you giving on that being honoured? :)

Surely he will simply say 'problem with order or stock - can't be supplied' or something?

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No way to know really........I'm not much of an e*bay guy, so I don't know the current situation with "bait and switch or unable to deliver" situations when buying online, but I'll keep us in the know as we get closer. :roll: :roll:

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Still there at $53.87 for pre-order. I assume if Amazon thought it was sketchy, they would have taken it down.

I don't see how anyone could scam you, since Amazon is doing the fulfillment and the charge is on shipment. I guess they could end up not being supplied with anything to ship, but I don't see the point of that.
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As a marker - Eric Jackson has the USA specialised being shipped on Monday Oct 2 for $US95 post free anywhere USA -

https://www.ericjackson.com/rDetails1b.asp?cat=&CAT2=&rProductID=INV-257648&this=it


Eric .. are my emails getting through to you? Have sent via several sources - maybe you are on holidays or ill etc?

We are in the USA for a week until Oct 18, and I need to get a set of 2024 Scott A-Z, which are now all printed (or set of 2023 if anyone has a good deal!) mailed to my last hotel in Seattle. Maybe I'll add this new Specialised in too.

Anyone see a decent offer on these sets in the USA .. I better order them soon. :)
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Still not sure what's going on with Amazon, but nothing has changed there since the thread was first posted.
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The catalogue has been issued and is available from the publisher.

The link given by erich at the top of the thread now links to a regular offer at the list price US$179.99

On my amazon account I can see no trace of my pre-order for 2 copies at $53.99 each.

I wasn't holding my breath, nevertheless a bit disappointed.

What has become of other pre-orders?

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Mine appears to still be on order.
I'm fact, it should be delivered on Friday!

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memphre wrote: 05 Nov 2023 13:31
The catalogue has been issued and is available from the publisher.

The link given by erich at the top of the thread now links to a regular offer at the list price US$179.99

On my amazon account I can see no trace of my pre-order for 2 copies at $53.99 each.

I wasn't holding my breath, nevertheless a bit disappointed.

What has become of other pre-orders?

Memphre

Mine is still listed as scheduled for delivery on Monday. Am I optimistic it will happen? No. But if it does I will be extraordinarily pleased.

If not, I do intend to politely email Amazon to at least get an explanation of what happened and why they won't honor the pre-order price guarantee.
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Just checked my order and everything still shows sale price and free shipping. Delivery stated Nov. 10

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Hi

After reading other pre-orders being still current, I checked again as I found I had two accounts with Amazon and the pre-order is still active with delivery to be expected November 20-24.

Now I have to find out why I have two accounts with a place I don't even buy from once a year.

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Out of interest Amazon state this is HARD cover.

Were previous editions also hard cover?

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Even Scott themselves do not say it is hard cover ... indeed they do not say how many pages it is!

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Yeah, the Classic Specialized has been a hardcover for a few years now.
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I wish they did hard covers for the standard Scott set of catalogues. :roll:

Just schlepped back all 2024, 13 volumes, 2 weeks back on Singapore Airlines in our 7 pieces of checked baggage from Seattle - and being flimsy soft covers, given the absolutely massive price of Scotts these days, hard covers adds near zero to their cost price.

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I'm with you on that, honestly! Once they transitioned to the new 13 volume format, there was no reason not to offer a hardcover option. It's very frustrating.
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Hardcover back to at least 2005 for the Classic.

I have to say, the 2024 set of Scott is already VERY, VERY heavy.

I can only imagine a carton full of hardcover A-Z catalogues. WOW!

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librarianc wrote: 06 Nov 2023 10:28
I have to say, the 2024 set of Scott is already VERY, VERY heavy.

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And VERY, VERY, expensive! Mine cost me about $A1000 wholesale even with free shipping.

And having just lugged the carton up my 50 exterior stairs, know full well the weight! :lol:

Adding a few grams for card covers is just a total no-brainer.
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Just received this email tonight:


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Hello,

Due to lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following items from your order. We've cancelled the items and apologize for the inconvenience. If you see a charge for the cancelled items, we will refund you within 1-2 business days. If you are still interested in purchasing these items, it may be available from other sellers. Please visit the detail page for these items below.
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Ah well, I'll wait for my email as well then. :lol: It was worth dreaming about for a while!
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My order says 'arriving Monday' but not yet shipped!

Hmmm... not feeling confident
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Received this email message from Amazon just now.

Maybe still a glimmer of hope?... nah doubt it
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That's what I'm getting now also.

7:00pm update - 40 minutes on hold with Amazon customer service - still holding :roll:
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If they have not cancelled the order, there is still lots of hope.

Surely Amazon have a Customer Service line? (1000s of them!)

This is a simple matter - you all pre-ordered in good faith from Amazon at the price advertised, your Amazon account shows the order is still valid, and is being processed, and the book is clearly now published. Amazon sells them - albeit at a higher price - not your issue.

Just demand you receive it ASAP, at the price you paid. 'Offer And Acceptance' - here that is the basic tenet of all consumer law from all large companies.

AMAZON will sort such issues - a daily occurrence in there I am sure.
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ausman1000 wrote: 15 Nov 2023 12:47 Received this email message from Amazon just now.

Maybe still a glimmer of hope?... nah doubt it

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Same email here. For what it's worth, the full-price catalogue is still listed as a "pre-order" so this isn't an issue restricted to us early birds. I wonder if that means Amos hasn't given them their stock yet.

Their preorder guarantee is pretty clear-cut based on my reading of it: we are guaranteed the lowest price on offer for that title, so persistence may just have to be the watchword of the day.

As Glen says, there is still hope unless and until they cancel the order (and if so, do raise the issue again with customer service)!
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I finally gave up on Amazon customer support. Yep, something like an hour and 45 minutes on hold :shock:

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I've tended to have better luck with the online chat than the phone, but that may not make a difference right now (and it's trickier getting to a live person, I concede). Worth a shot, if you have the patience tonight?
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ghopper02 wrote: 15 Nov 2023 15:18
I finally gave up on Amazon customer support. Yep, something like an hour and 45 minutes on hold :shock:

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WHAT? Most Americans get stir-crazy after 10 minutes on hold. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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ghopper02 wrote: 15 Nov 2023 15:18 I finally gave up on Amazon customer support. Yep, something like an hour and 45 minutes on hold :shock:

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Thanks for doing that Doug and reporting back!
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Global Admin wrote: 15 Nov 2023 16:55
ghopper02 wrote: 15 Nov 2023 15:18
I finally gave up on Amazon customer support. Yep, something like an hour and 45 minutes on hold :shock:

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WHAT? Most Americans get stir-crazy after 10 minutes on hold. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Not if we have AT&T for mobile phone service :lol:
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Good News, sort of, from Amazon


Just received this message from Amazon, indicating the pre-order might be going through at an unspecified future date. Not all is lost, yet.

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Shipment Delay

Hello,
There is a delay in shipping your order because of a supply chain issue. We’ll make every effort to get the delayed items to you as soon as possible. If you still want these items, please confirm below. We apologize for the delay.

Details
Order #
Placed on Friday, May 26, 2023
New estimated delivery date:
We will email you as soon as we have a delivery date.
I still want this item
Cancel Order
If we don’t hear from you by Sunday, December 24, 2023, we will cancel the item. Otherwise, we will send it to you when we have a delivery date and it’s ready to ship.
2024 Scott Classic S... 2 x 2024 Scott Classic Specialized Catal...
Sold by Amazon Export Sales LLC
If your shipment arrives too late, you may refuse delivery or return it for a refund.

We hope to see you again soon.
Amazon.com


Not holding my breath, but still. I answered and confirmed the order.

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Mine was marked as shipped today, with one of the Amazon tracking numbers. Supposedly it will be delivered on Monday--I'll report back if that happens or not!
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Sounds like a trainwreck - what a terrible ad for Amazon, and 'trust' in the brand.
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polisciguy2011 wrote: 25 Nov 2023 14:36 Mine was marked as shipped today, with one of the Amazon tracking numbers. Supposedly it will be delivered on Monday--I'll report back if that happens or not!
Same here but supposedly arriving Tuesday.
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