Just a question to the private collectors who
have resold cels they've owned before. Take this
You bought a cel a few years ago from a series
you liked but that wasn't that popular. Because
many people didn't know the series, the cel
prices were rather low end, despite the fact that
the cels were of a good quality and condition.
Now let's say about two-three years later, that
aforementioned series hits a big station like
Cartoon Network. Suddenly, it's been introduced
to a much larger crowd...and they like it.
REALLY like it. The show becomes insanely
popular, and cel prices skyrocket.
While the show is still at its peak/very popular,
you decide to trim your collection a bit. So you
set up a sale page, stick a few cels on
there...one of them is that series' cel you
bought years ago for a low price that is now
currently worth ALOT more.
Here's my question: Do you think it's ethical
for a private collector to significantly raise
(or, in some cases, lower) the price of a cel
simply based on the change of market (not
personal) worth over the years? Should they be
fair and keep it at the price for which they
bought it or do you think it's okay for them to
take advantage of a good oppurtunity and make
I don't ask this in an attempt to point fingers
or slam anyone. It just a thought that occurred
to me when I looking over how much cel prices
fluctuated in the past two years since I began
My personal views? Unless I'm desperate for
cash, I would never sell a piece of art for more
than I bought it. (Nine times out of ten, I have
it priced lower, actually.) However, I can see
the other side of the spectrum as well and why
people would want to do that. After all,
professional shops do it all the time...and
they're the ones usually setting the market
So what do you think, fellow collectors?