thanks for the nice comments. Well, i think this is also because Loic and I we don't have a lot of money
An important point : for now we are buying and buying, we are not used to sale back to friends or customers our extra copies. The fact is that i'm a music maniac, collecting up to +20 copies of CDs/LPs i like, so i'm doing the same for the historical documents i'm interested in, collecting up to 7 (!) copies of some SS-Leithefte...
I'm probably a fetichist in some kind of way, but this is also the only way to find variants of SS documents. This is also a good way to identifiate fakes.
I'm using this method of collecting for CDs and LPs for years, and i was able to identify dozen of variants. This is the same for SS documents (SS-Leithefte, propaganda booklets etc).
We are always trying to have the nicer prices, due to lack of money, and also we want to point out that many items are overpriced. And as two french collectors, we know that LVF and french SS items are even more expensive than german ones...
About the "Damals" books, one was bought on Hermann Historica, the other on... Ebay.fr ! Both have the dust cover in very good condition, far better than the usmbooks copy (but my books are not signed).
The Ebay copy wasn't selling for weeks (!), and i even had a small bargain. Of course you can always find it even cheaper on flea market if you are lucky.
Hermann Historica prices are sometimes ridiculous, but sometimes you can find excellent lots...
Best example is the HH Auction 61, with a few french Waffen-SS items : the final price was just unbelievable for "La SS t'appelle" (french "Dich Ruft Die SS" - "the SS is calling you"). I think more than 700 Euros for each (good) copy proposed.
I was lucky to find a mint (!) copy last Xmas (never saw this booklet is such excellent condition, even in books), and i must say that i paid it the right price (300 Euros). I could have bought it cheaper, but i know that some other collectors would have been ok to pay twice that price.
When you find a really uncommon book, you need to pay the price i think.
Loic found an amazing copy of "SS Kavalerie" (in very good condition, including a very nice dust cover), and he paid the same price.
Loic and I discovered a few months ago that many of the "rare" books are not that rare. Of course many were destroyed after the war, but this explaination has to be compared with the hundred of thousand of copies, and sometimes millions of copies published during the Third Reich.
If you are a fan of the Nordland Verlag books ("Sieg Der Waffen...", "Rede Zum Dom Quedlinburg", "Der Untermensch"...), we advise you to buy the essential book published by Uwe Berg Verlag
: you will learn that each of those famous SS books were published up to 4 millions of copies, in more than 10 to 15 variants ! Since then we even found unlisted variant releases afterwards...
Der Nordland Verlag und seine Bücher.
(30 Euros with shipping).
Uwe Berg Verlag are specialized in pre-Third Reich/Third Reich reprints, and their catalogue is amazing...Sometimes you just want to read german to be able to read all those books.
You will always find those millions-of-copies books with "ultra rare", "almost impossible to find" and other "real rarity" sentences on the various internet stores. This is sometimes hard to identify which variant is sold, because seller don't understand our question ("can you check pages 3 and 15 to see if there is a text of A. Hitler and what is the name of the printer ?").