First and foremost, if you are waiting on me to ship something to you – I haven’t forgotten. I was out of town last week. Next week should close the book on shipping. (This was easier than emails, thanks everyone.)
As of writing this only nine people had voted on the poll from MMMM #66. I know UofM polls don’t always draw huge numbers, but I thought Professor Terry had given us a fun, and interesting, one. This is the first time I am legitimately surprised by such a tepid response.
If you haven’t voted, then please cast a vote. I was going to close the poll today, but I want to keep it going for a little bit longer.
– At first I thought this was a good deal, but those 4-packs are not in great shape.
– Nazi Ronald?
– Two things about this auction made me smile: (1) “Things are the STRANGEST things!” from the auction description; and (2) Green #180.
I think the “STRANGEST things” made me laugh because I imagined an old lady saying it. I imagined her supplementing her teaching pension by selling things on eBay. She has her set template and routine; posting all types of garbage like a well-oiled machine. But then she has these M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. She takes the pictures and, literally, says aloud, “These are the STRANGEST things!”
Then, smitten with her own comment, she smiles and adds it to the auction description.
– This should be an auction. I could have been roped in with a auction format.
– 49 Quik Figures. Wow.
– Who knew #82 was a punker?
– I’m kind of surprised this has a bid. The last Class A #60 I can remember sold for $10.
– $50 for a Red Class C #3. Umm…
You all know how I feel about single figure auctions.
But I’m starting to think there’s a new wrinkle in the MRT discussion. A new trend that has emerged and that I would like to label.
The MRT is basically a bell-curve. I think for M.U.S.C.L.E. auctions the MRT is still 100% accurate. And because it’s basically a bell-curve it applies to other hobbies too (even if the populations are larger). For comparison’s sake, I took a quick look at loose, vintage Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise figures. The price of that figure has not significantly changed since I was actively collecting in the early 2000’s.
However, M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting has seen an irrational spike in the prices of figures. There has not been a resurgence in M.U.S.C.L.E. popularity, nor has there been anything that could meaningfully explain the price increases. If the Luke Stormtrooper figures’ price had increased, then you could probably point to several possible explanations.
What is the cause of these M.U.S.C.L.E. price spikes? I believe they are simply a ruse; the M.U.S.C.L.E. Ruse (it pained me not to say M.U.S.C.L.E. Mirage).
These insane prices for M.U.S.C.L.E. figures hope to ensnare a singular unknowing and/or impatient buyer. The price does not subscribe to any rule or structure. I do not believe it is meant to showcase a collection either. The insane price is just a trap. A trap left; waiting to snare a victim.
I do not believe it is even about the money from a strictly logical perspective. I believe the M.U.S.C.L.E. Ruse is more like buying a lottery ticket. Sellers don’t really expect to win/sell, but you never know.
“You gotta play to win!”
I have often heard sellers talk about getting a return on their investment. This is why I do not believe the M.U.S.C.L.E. Ruse is strictly about money. Most conventional investments would not yield the returns these sellers are looking for with their sale prices. You certainly would not earn that return from banks. And you probably wouldn’t earn it on a stock (but you can check, in a very simple manner, with the Capital One (What If I Had Invested…) Tool). What logic or data would support the price?
If the ROI isn’t based on logic, then the price is not logical.
Am I wrong? I really would love to know your thoughts.