Auction Watch #269


Logan’s M.U.S.C.L.E. odyssey continues. First, there was his email tantrum. Then he listed his “treasures” for $8 per figure. And, finally, the coup de grâce, he relisted the unsold figures at $10 per figure. Wow.

While Logan’s tantrum may have surprised me the rest of his behavior was pretty predictable: know-it-all-novice over-prices his figures.

The real surprise from AW #268 were the two lots. The SC-less lot sold for $0.63 per figure. That’s pretty damn good. Using that per-figure price, then the SC sold for $49.04. That’s pretty damn good too.

Will there be any surprises this week?

The first auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Men Action Figures 1980s Vintage HONG KONG RARE Counterfit?, surprised me the difference between its opening bid ($2.22) and BIN price ($188.88). My favorite surprise from the listing?

So Iam perplexed. So you get a deal!

Huh? Does her stupidity make $188 a good deal? I’m stupid too. I don’t know what it is, but I wouldn’t suggest it’s worth almost $200.

Complaining about stupid sellers was not what I wanted to do this week. What could that figure inspire? I decided to play a game.

I am forced to buy an, approximately, $200 BIN listing. It has to be something I would actually want. It couldn’t be “well, I guess this one.” I limited myself to only BIN listings. Let’s play!

I was surprised to see this, but it made me think of a game. What could I BIN for $200?

As I was looking at BIN listings the first thing that jumped out at me was this Complete Color #153 Lot. A $600 BIN price seemed crazy. But have we we seen this listing before? Yes, and it was $800. Now it is $600.

There was a part that really bummed me out: PayPal credit. If you have to make $29 monthly payments over 24 months, then you should not be buying this lot – especially because they final price is closer to $700. I need to re-focus.

The second auction, M.U.S.C.L.E. Men, 10-pack, with #153 Claw hand, new/sealed, Mattel, Y/S.N.T, made me pause. I like any Canadian packaging. This $244 BIN is over my $200 rule. I don’t think a #153 Canadian 10-pack with a #153 is worth $244. At first glance, I didn’t even realize there was a #153 figure.

Back to the game, I saw the same seller was charging $168 for English version. What? Why?

I became even more perplexed when I saw she had another Canadian 10-pack listed at $152.

According to the rules of my game, this is the thing I would buy. I like it. I have to spend at least $200. The $152 still seems way too high. Very, very badly I wish this had been an auction. That would have been fun.

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