I have not seen a M.U.S.C.L.E. auction in 175 days (since April 5th). As I logged into eBay I wondered if anything would be different. I quickly realized that nothing has changed. For a moment I was slightly disappointed that things weren’t “better.” That feeling was quickly replaced with the acceptance that eBay isn’t changing. The ebb and flow is gone. I think Auction Watch is going to become increasingly more difficult to write.
Or not. We’ll see.The first auction, M.u.s.c.l.e. Men Figures Poster, is my favorite kind of M.U.S.C.L.E. auction. It has a starting bid of $0.01.
The poster seems in pretty decent condition, but far from mint. The only red flag for me is that it’s a new seller with zero feedback.
“But we were all new sellers at one point!”
I imagine at least a handful of readers thought that as they read my previous sentence. In fairness, I’ve thought that before too. But when I looked at the other auctions from klankenstein it actually made me more nervous. These are the types of figures that a collector owns. The kind of collector that would seemingly have an eBay account.
When I see zero feedback, and these various figures, it makes me think the seller had a bunch of negative feedback and decided to started again.
Ultimately the $0.01 starting bids are going to ease the fear of potential buyers. Does anyone know this seller? I would be curious to know the real story.
The second auction, m.u.s.c.l.e. men mighty hauler customs, is one of my favorite parts of the M.U.S.C.L.E. collecting hobby. If you don’t know about the M.U.S.C.L.E. HiWay Hauler, then please check it out.I think failing to using the terms “Hot Wheels” and “HiWay Hauler” will cause this auction to go unsold. Years ago I had an auction for stickers to make a custom Hauler. They sold for $20. I’ve also sold some custom Haulers I made. I don’t remember the sale price. I do remember that in every instance it was a Hot Wheels collector making the purchase and not a M.U.S.C.L.E. collector.
The price ($70 BIN) seems pretty steep too. Not completely unreasonable for two custom Haulers, but does anyone want two of these? I wouldn’t. I think most Hot Wheels collectors and M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors would like the white one, but I don’t want a black one. I certainly wouldn’t want to pay a premium for it.
Buyers can make an offer, but I dislike that process. I am sure others like it. As a seller I would never want to limit any aspect of potential buyer audience.
Like the previous auction there are other auctions from fishandhuntnaked too. It is an interesting mix of M.U.S.C.L.E. and Kinnikuman items. The prices are interesting too. What do readers think about the prices?