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#698605 - Sun Nov 12 2017 09:02 PM I can’t figure out why things are selling so high
Alex Offline
Moderator, Value Forum

Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Hi: as you guys mostly know I collect Texaco “stuff”. I have been collecting for 30 years and thought I had a pretty good handle on values. It seems the last few years stuff is selling for some sky high prices. I just watched some cardboard cutouts on eBay from 1949 sell for between $500 and almost $700. While I have never seen these signs before, it just seems “goofy”. Maybe they are that rare. LOL. I mean, congrats to the seller and all that. Anyway, I post this not meaning to whine, but to see what others think of what they have seen in the items they collect.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/TEXACO-MARFAK-C...NR/192352608345
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#698608 - Sun Nov 12 2017 09:21 PM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
advertologist Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Loc: So. Ca.
supply & demand .. ... cool
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#698609 - Sun Nov 12 2017 09:37 PM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
Alex Offline
Moderator, Value Forum

Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
I can appreciate that.
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#698617 - Mon Nov 13 2017 08:10 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
DWSheffer Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Hillsdale, Michigan
I think it's that way across the board Alex, with any brand.

I do think, however, that the smaller repro signs (PPP's) are starting to hurt that category of collecting. Folks can't tell, and sometimes I think don't care, that they are buying a repro and they're starting to sell for the same money, and lower prices.
Darin
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#698622 - Mon Nov 13 2017 09:35 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
Done4 Online   content
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Registered: Mon May 07 2012
Loc: Michigan, Union Pier
Like you Alex I've been collecting a long time and it is hard for me to accept the current prices based on condition verse cost. All of my friends and I keep saying prices can't go higher only to be surprised every year.

I guess it is time to accept that more people want this stuff and are willing to do what it takes to get it. So on one hand it is good for us that got in early and harder for the people starting their collections. I know that my attitude about condition has lowered quite a bit over the past few years.
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#698624 - Mon Nov 13 2017 09:47 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
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Registered: Fri Jun 01 2012
Loc: MICHIGAN
I can't help but think that there will come a day when prices will fall. I just don't see many millennials ever wanting to collect this stuff. Sure there will be some, but relative to how many oil gas collectors there are currently?? I just can't see it. And when the millennials kids come of age, I would imagine the amount falling even more. Now, none of that will mean much to us as we will all be long gone. So the question is, what about the next 10, or 15 years. Well, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie roll Tootsie Pop? The world may never know.


Edited by Steven C. (Mon Nov 13 2017 09:49 AM)
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#698626 - Mon Nov 13 2017 10:42 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
cggas Online   content
Veteran Member

Registered: Thu Oct 02 2003
Loc: northern in.
Today’s prices make me think about selling it all. And I’m sure I’d double & even triple my money on all that I have collected over the years.... but I just can’t let it go......YET!! Chris

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#698628 - Mon Nov 13 2017 12:23 PM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
Cold Pizza Offline
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Registered: Tue May 17 2005
Loc: Illinois
Many millennials want to collect this stuff,but they just can't come anywhere near to affording it.What with school debt,etc.Many don't even own their own car for this very reason,and rely on Uber.Some even still live with their parents.

The desire is there,the money is not.
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#698630 - Mon Nov 13 2017 12:30 PM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
bullsvt9313 Offline
Member

Registered: Mon Sep 18 2017
Loc: Kentucky
I am 33 which is upper limit of a millennial, but I feel like I am definitely not in tune with generation. There are not a lot of ppl my age in my area into petroliana or old cars. I love seeing everyone’s awesome collections on here. Makes me think about how much better everything was made before plastic. I hope that this is just a phase that young ppl are going through and they will start to appreciate rusty metal and not erase that from the history books.
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#698651 - Mon Nov 13 2017 04:39 PM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
Alex Offline
Moderator, Value Forum

Registered: Mon Dec 08 2003
Loc: Butte, Montana USA
Don't under estimate the value of plastic.....LOL


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#698694 - Tue Nov 14 2017 08:11 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
intagas Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Sep 16 2007
Loc: NJ USA
Just like the stock market,if the investment keeps you up at night get out.

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#698702 - Tue Nov 14 2017 10:07 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
Done4 Online   content
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Registered: Mon May 07 2012
Loc: Michigan, Union Pier
I never really looked at my stuff as an investment, so I sleep like a baby and enjoy what I have.


Edited by Done4 (Tue Nov 14 2017 02:13 PM)
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#698705 - Tue Nov 14 2017 10:42 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Done4]
cggas Online   content
Veteran Member

Registered: Thu Oct 02 2003
Loc: northern in.
Same here, but at these prices I could make a lot of $$$$ chris

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#698712 - Tue Nov 14 2017 11:35 AM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
BryceG Online   content
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Registered: Mon Jan 28 2013
Loc: Peoria, IL
same ol song...

you can look back at CTO and PCM magazines from 10-15 years ago and its the same ol articles about how crazy current prices are blah blah. then you get the same people always talking about the 'bubble' and how the hobby is going to crash.

the hobby is fine, there is no bubble. things will adjust up and down over time, which can be seen year to year. but as long as you buy what you like for what you can afford, you'll be ok... even with today's prices.
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#698720 - Tue Nov 14 2017 12:57 PM Re: I can’t figure out why things are selling so high [Re: Alex]
intagas Offline
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Sep 16 2007
Loc: NJ USA
Absolutely,investment or not nobody wants to see their stuff tank in value.

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