If you have been around me for any length of time you know about the premiere chess set we sell, the Grand Turk of Amritsar. What you may not know, however, is a special sale I have on right now, to get one of these babies for a really enviable price (there is a catch, don’t worry!)
I sold one yesterday to International Master Andrew Martin. Here’s how the “exchange” went. He KNEW from one of my emailings that I had this set priced at a really “enviable price.”
Here’s what he wrote: “If I bought a GT set from you, what would you charge me? Obviously plus postage.”
I had the set priced at $1095 which is a deal killer, right? Not because the price is high but because the number 1095 has absolutely NO CHARISMA to it!
He also “knew” I had a market price of $999 set aside for it, hoping some exasperated, last minute Christmas gift shopper would want something nice AND on top of that, have the $$$ to pay for it. In this season many plead poverty and at the same time don’t tell you they just bought an expensive ring for someone, or the world’s biggest and best TV, or even made a downpayment on a Tesla. Oh woe is me. I’ve heard them all!
NOW I HAD 4 or 5 of them to sell and a few bills to pay, so I shot him a price, within 24 hours. Mind you, this was for the budrosewood and boxwood pieces and a 3-3/4 ” King. Green felting, and 2X weighting. It didn’t include the $800 board, of which my only one was not in my house at the moment.
He accepted my offered price of … (I can’t tell you unless you ask me to tell you how much I want from you.) He even added in $50 for shipping to England. At this point I had to fudge a little because it would cost me almost $80 to ship to England.
His WINNING ADVERTISEMENT for you/me WAS:
The set will always be out at my place to be used frequently for training sessions. Everyone who comes appreciates playing with a nice set.
I couldn’t have said it any better and I have been promoting chess sets since 1990, that’s 30 years! Seriously.
Each set comes with a small buffing cloth. Clean off lint, paper, and whatever else might be in the cardboard boxes. The set will gleam. In the proper lighting, it will bowl you over. If your SO gets it for you, you will most likely be floored. You’ll have to love this set on your own, I won’t be there to help you. I am down to just a few for the rest of this year so I would advise against poking around. I will include some testimonials about the kind of stuff I sell (books and sets) at the end of this article.
Believe others if you don’t believe me.
Ship me a firm bid price and I will take it into consideration but first a word of advice: Let’s say I get two bids from two different people, say tomorrow. Which one do you think I will be most likely to accept?? Tough question? Nope. The higher one. So, learn how to “NUDGE.”
I have NEVER had a set returned to me because of its quality, I only buy the handmade best. Send in your bid via CC or PayPal and I will ship it right away. If you want it quickly, I have to accept your bid, and if you include extra (say $40) I will send it via PRIORITY MAIL. USA orders only unless we “talk.”
HERE’S SOME of THE TESTIMONIALS I HAVE GOTTEN!
You and he (Rudel) did a great job on Zuke ‘Em… I continue to be amazed at the great books that you publish—Bill Keeling
Who ever thought a no-name, untitled, thirty-year old could write a successful chess book? Well, Bob Long did. Two years ago I sent him a rough of Zuke ‘Em: The Colle-Zukertort Revolutionized, and he thought it had potential. Now I’ve published three titles with TPI and sold a ton of books—literally. The barriers to first-time writers have been toppling like terracotta soldiers in a sandstorm, and the world of non-fiction is more about your niche having an audience than about your name being known. Bob’s been publishing beautiful books for decades, and he is one of the fairest people you are likely to ever deal with. In a time when it seems you cannot trust anyone, it’s nice to know there are still people who have integrity and treat their clients like valued human beings. One little hint: if Bob says his son is available to do the cover for your book, accept immediately—David Rudel [Rudel sold thousands and thousands of his books produced by Thinkers’ Press, us]
The Chess Reports has become for me the most anticipated part of my e-mail receipts.:)—Greg Delaney [NOW IT’S CALLED CHESS GAZETTE Premium]
The Level One booklet is a fantastic piece of work, both artiscally and information based for beginners. To the chess friends that I have shown the booklet, they were really amazed and quite impressed at the high quality of the printed materials… The Front Cover gets one thinking, the wheels turning !!!—Henry Sikorski [ANDREW MARTIN AND I produced this a number of years ago for English Chess Students]
It sure is nice to have the Gold Card…I’ve already paid for it with the savings I’ve gotten this year—Jim Perry
I’ve always thought you were honest and straightfoward—Mike Trettel
I went over all the games two or three times and was enlightened with just about all of it (analyzed and annotated) and disagreed with you on very little—George Loegel
Another brilliant issue—keep up the great work—cheers—Franco Manarin
I think it is extraordinary. I’d like to send a copy (1933: The Devil Comes to Henry County) to my publisher cousin to see what he thinks—are these books so well written, so intense, so riveting, a dime-a-dozen? Have I just fallen off the turnip truck? Have I been living in the great American desert too long?—Thad Brown
You might be the first organizer in the “lower 48” to provide a “bad weather” refund—Sam Naylor
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “You are a class act!”—Steve Lamansky
Just wanted to let you know how much I liked your book (The Chess Assassin’s Business Manual). Often, you would say something in it that would get me thinking – it would put me into a reverie – and I believe good books do that. It was also a very enjoyable read. I especially liked the business part: your experiences, things learned, as well as advice—Paul Feser [I STILL HAVE A FEW COPIES LEFT, $35]
All reprinted with permission.
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