> What's up with this?
It's obviously a collector thing - note the reference to the condition
of the boxes, and then the contents are mentioned as an afterthought.
As I always say, eBay is where the greedy meet the gullible.
P.T.Barnum strikes again!
Those cars are about as rare as teeth in a dogs mouth, and some
combination of them was used in almost every Tyco set ever
produced. And as Brian noted, one of them even has a sticker
showing an original price of $2.50 marked down to $1.98.
Being a Tyco collector myself (it's not that hard to convert them
to Kadee trucks & couplers), I'll just say there aren't many Tyco
cars out there I'd give more than $3.00 each for. And that's only
if I'm in a really good mood.
I think there's more there than you see.
There were four separate bidders who bid $60 or more on this lot. And there
are lots of other Tyco red box auctions on ebay -- many with the same four
bidders-- which don't come anywhere close to this level. I'm not a Tyco
collector myself, but I think a couple of people identified something very
collectible in that lot and decided to go after it.
I certainly wouldn't use the price tag on one to be an indication of the
As I said, I'm a Tyco collector myself and I've got at least one
of every car that was listed for this auction. None of them were
all that hard to come by, most being acquired at TCA meets. And I
didn't pay more than $3.00 for any single car.
Final bid $131.00 for 8 cars. The going rate around here for these is a
buck each. In fairness to the seller, his opening bid was a good price,
it's the idiots who drove it up.
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