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Feb 3, 2014 03:57 PM

Why is this Noma book selling for $1500 on eBay?

Ignoring the possibility that the bid is fraudulent/a joke, can anyone explain this?

Here's the url:

or if posting eBay links is dicey just search "Noma: Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi and Claus Meyer".

For what it's worth it doesn't look like the same book as "Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine", which sells for about $40.

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  1. If you are really curious, I'd email the seller and ask.

    1. The book is used, and has an absurd minimum opening price of $1500. There is a bidder at the price. I suspect there is some sort of money laundering or similar scam going on, with the seller and bidder in cahoots, unless the bidder and seller are the same person. On the other hand, this seller has other very high priced books for sale and they haven't sold over multiple tries (checked other items completed listings). It is all very curious.

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      1. re: therealdoctorlew

        I hadn't looked at the seller's other items. Curiously enough they're all pricey, high-end cookbooks. I like to imagine I've heard of most of the high-end cookbooks (e.g. Noma, Mugaritz, Quay, Natura) and most of the listings are new to me. The listing I posted is doubly curious because I've never actually seen that book anywhere else. I emailed the seller.

        If it's laundering or a scam they chose to transact some oddly esoteric items.

        1. re: lamb_da_calculus

          If you hear back from the seller, do share their response. Very curious myself.

        2. re: therealdoctorlew

          Money laundering, schill buyer, or garnering some bogus buzz...anyway, 34 mins to sale

          1. re: Bellachefa

            As a first edition is the price fair market? Is the book autographed, limited edition, rare? Price set due to awards and recent accolades? I'm still not clear why the seller would start the bid at $1,500.00.


          2. I have run across a lot of crazy people selling things on ebay. Total crud at astronomical prices. And making claims which aren't true. I occasionally like to poke them and watch them react.

            1. Interesting. I used to sell on Ebay. I felt they watched the sellers and buyers real close. I was flagged for selling a PIng copy golf club just by using the name Ping.

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              1. re: emglow101

                Not money laundering. There are WAY better ways to do that.