Epilogue – Week of May 24th


I knew the seller’s name “atilary” looked familiar. I’m guessing that the seller is trying to be funny.

Who is the joke for?

The handful of people that know it’s silly? The even smaller number that know the last one sold for $26 – for 100% charity.

It seems more like an Alex Forbes action. Many collectors felt that he posted figures with outrageous prices just to showcase that he had the item (e.g. this listing). I never heard a collector say, “I’m so jealous!”

I usually heard, “Jesus, that’s fucking sad.”

No matter the absolute truth, it never helped M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors. Uninformed sellers would search eBay and be influenced by these outrageous listings. Why wouldn’t that happen with a $2,499.99 opening bid other novices will find on eBay?

That’s hilarious? Enjoy the joke?

Nice sandals.
Does lint-speed have the only good auctions?
Two of my biggest M.U.S.C.L.E. pet peeves: (1) no figure count; and (2) piled up. (And yes, I know they added a count.)
Is it?

MUSCLE Figures Forever Unsold

“Forever Unsold”

Yep, lint-speed had all the good auctions.

As I scan through eBay for Auction Watch and the Epilogue I’m shocked so many listings keep reappearing. That’s not true. I’m not shocked…I’m interested. I’m intrigued. How long due you need to fail before you learn your lesson?

Damning the Torpedoes went for quite awhile, but that was just the same two racers. I wanted to bring something like that idea back to the Epilogue. I’m calling it, “Forever Unsold.”

But I need to be very, very clear. You can only say “Forever Unsold” like Rodney Ruxin. (If you don’t know, then please complete your necessary training.

I think an auction like this one is a perfect example. I was thinking of tracking four main things:

  1. Auction Picture
  2. Auction Link
  3. Weeks Unsold (This guy is at 49 Weeks.)
  4. Price(s) (This one has gone from $36 to $12.50.)

Am I missing anything? Anything else that should be tracked?

Let’s get to our Asshole of the Week contestants. The AOTW #1 has 26 Flesh figures with a $70 BIN. Obviously a terrible price, but it was the auction title that insured their entry into the battle. The title states, “It, Sabu, Hulk, Liger & MORE.” What. The. Fuck. What keyword spamming are the hoping for here?

The AOTW #2 thinks they are selling a ring for $40. I would argue that is already overpriced. But they’re really selling parts for $40. The ropes are all missing. Maybe if you had a beater ring, with the ropes, you’d be interested – but not at $40 for ropes. Asshole either way.

The AOTW #3 is not the seller. It is the three bidders. They are fighting over an empty can. What more can I say?

The AOTW #4 might be one of the bidders (I’m just being sarcastic). She’s certainly hoping the bidders drive up the price to make her $23 empty can seem like a steal instead of fucking beyond absurd.

Cast your vote and crown the next AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner. Again, here are the four contestants:

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Remember to cast your vote and crown this week’s AOTW Fatal-Four Way winner:

Who is the Winner of the 5/29 Fatal-Four Way?

  • AOTW #4 (86%, 6 Votes)
  • AOTW #2 (14%, 1 Votes)
  • AOTW #1 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • AOTW #3 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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There used to be a long write-up about the first and second ULTIMATE AOTW Battle of the Champions Winners. The 3rd winner has a tiny backstory, which made me think we don’t need the full saga anymore.

  1. #1 by Scott on May 29, 2020 - 7:22 pm

    Regarding your comment about piles with no count, I contacted the seller of the approximately 476 figures and asked for an accurate count. He told me he was a newbie to EBay and thanked me for the advice I gave him. The advice was this..having an accurate count given the market right now could me the difference between a $50 bid and a $350 bid. Also told him to revise his listing including a count. My high bid of $350 no longer stands. The horror….The horror.

  2. #2 by Scott on May 29, 2020 - 7:43 pm

    On a side note, Americans are disgruntled right now about having to wear a cloth mask in public. I would like to point out to all the m.u.s.c.l.e. enthusiasts that Figure #041 has been wearing what looks to be a painfully riveted on mask since 1985. Just a little food for thought.

  3. #3 by Scott on June 2, 2020 - 11:05 pm

    Boredom and temptation are having an adverse effect on my judgement. Apparently the horror…the horror….didn’t stop at $350 like I had intended to do. But being outbid at $395 is definitely a singal that I am done bidding on a pile of m.u.s.c.l.e. that would put a St. Bernard to shame. So yes I am done bidding…..I think? I may need an eye roll and an “Oh Lord, not more..you said you only needed one more guy!” From my wife to snap me out of this futile bidding.

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