2 days ago, I was on eBay looking at some HoC figures to prop up my ever-growing SCF army (more on that in later posts), and I happened across a number of auction lots for G1 Black Zarak parts.
'Ah', I thought, 'perhaps it's time to finally complete my second Black Zarak'. You see, aside from my pristine MIB Black Zarak, I also have another loose Black Zarak to display and to 'play' with (eek! really? GPS!).
The seller of this loose Black Zarak, a guy named newausbot78 (a horrid irresponsible seller) claimed that the Black Zarak was complete. However, when it arrived, it was missing the silver lift parts. He said he would send the parts, but never did and just never contacted anyone again. I'm not the only victim, several other OZ Former forum members fell prey too.
So, long story short, I needed a silver lift to complete the second Black Zarak.
Enter this batch of Black Zarak parts auctions and lo and behold, there was the exact thing I needed. It was slated to end during lunch time today, and up to 30 seconds before the auction ended, the price was US$6.50, yup, six-dollars-and-fifty-cents.
So I put in my bid, at $45 (sounded exorbitant to me).
When the auction ended, bam!
Price ended at $90. Nine-zero-dollars. For a mere Black Zarak lift. I was staring at the screen in disbelief.
Now take a look.
I then went to check out the other auctions that I watched, but did not bid on.
Black Zarak shield - $293!
Black Zarak spear - $350!!
I mean, I get that this is a really important part that makes Black Zarak what he is, but really?!? $350 for the spear?
In the early 2001 / 2002, the price of the shield and the spear alone could pay for a MISB Black Zarak, and there'd still be change for lunch. My Black Zarak (missing the lift), but otherwise complete and C9 minty costs less than the price of the shield and the spear, seriously. And that was just 1 year ago that I bought it.
These prices... it's just shocking. I wonder if the buyer(s) will really pay.