I want to ask dealers on just HOW (and WHY) they
price the cels the way that they do...
I'm not talking about normal cel markups for the
middleman - that I can respect. Up to
double-price, even that I could swallow. I'm
talking about what was noted on previous posts,
like a markup from $30 to $300. Yes, there will
always be someone willing to part with a high
amount of money, but it's sort of ridiculous -
particularly because many of us with some
knowledge and experience in a particular series'
market can tell... HOW and WHY do you decide to
make a 1000% markup?
I don't mean to start a flame war - however,
surely there is a line between good business sense
and complete rip-off? And don't say "it all
depends on what the consumer is willing to pay" -
I'm talking about dealers, NOT auctions or
private collectors who never intended to sell the
cel when they first purchased anyway.
I was particularly perturbed by some cels on
[dealersite] which were marked up to $200, but the
ones I got in Tokyo from the same series were $70
AT MOST, and that's for key cels with backgrounds
and A-grade cels. I've since lost respect for this
dealer. There are definitely some dealers who I
respect a great deal because their markups remain
reasonable to the knowledgeable...
But perhaps this is a sign that all dealers are
starting to move to auctions, and soon we'll be
buying these things off auction only? Sad
I'm looking for logical answers. All flames will
be ignored .