Gnome Punter Posted November 22, 2013 Report Share Posted November 22, 2013 When I got into the hobby Mk Bumble Bees .25-.50/ea Normal Akro Corks 2.00-4.00/ea I watched over the summer as marble King marble prices started to rise. Bees got to around .75-1.25/ea and it was dragging even the normal rainbows up to .10-.15/ea. I was told that marbles drop in the summer and go up in the winter Winter time and corks have been running me .50-1.00/ea, Bees are down around .50/.ea again and fancy corks (What I call 2+colors) are 1.00 and up. A superman was a minimum of 20.00 over the summer but now they can be had from 5/8-3/4 for 10-15.00 a pop. I sold a cork for Sylvia, a true 4 color, for 165.00. I saw an auction end a week ago with 3 corks, all 2 were 3 color and VERY bold, no mini-color lines, just sharp, proportioned 3 colors and a single 3 color with a mild 4th color, sell for 160.00 Germans, in General, were 2.00/ea and up. Now I find them for .50-1.00/ea Is the window narrower than I was led to believe ? Could it not be winter, but more towards spring before the market firms up again ? I am just noticing nothing but a decline in pricing, in-general. Now, for me buying, this is great. I am actually able to pass up piles that contained some of what I wanted and able to find lots of specifics for nearly the same pricing. Corks...I picked up 240, 19 were NM, rest were M/M- for .50 a pop, I was happy.....BUT....these thousands upon thousands of marbles I could care less about, potentially offsetting my investments are devaluing to the point of being jar fodder. I sold several Michaelangelos for 12-18.00/ea, now, would be lucky to get 8.00 for a "normal" coloring and 10.00 for a wilder 3 color. Oxblood patches have literally plummeted.I have been buying those up as I love Akro Ox, but to see marbles I was having to pay 3.00-5.00/ea for, now around 1.00/ea makes me worry about the investment end of the hobby. My collecting, no matter WHAT hobby I am in, has always had to rely on 2 factors. Pleasure Intrinsic value I know a lot of people will not understand that since if you enjoy it, that should be enough, but I was raised by a very odd man. Dad's view was EVERYTHING has to have a value or it is worthless. Now, while I know this is not true I still find myself checking prices,re-checking,comparing and deciding what to buy based on price vs intrinsic. So yah, anything I collect is an investment. I may never sell something I collect,but in my head it has to have value beyond my pleasure......it's just how my brain works. With that said, the market seems to not be leveling out, as I expected based on what people said over the summer,but getting softer and softer Does anyone see this as being normal, based on their exposure to the hobby or is the hobby devaluing based on a diminishing demand ? I was noticing that items i felt were rare back in April..........after being in the hobby nearly 9 months, aren't so rare now. Easier to find and more common place. I have...so many Slags it is almost annoying I am moving out some of the larger one's on the bay and noticed more pricing drops. People who deal with me here know that I RARELY care about marbles over 3.4 unless it is an oddball Akro so moving out some of these 7.8-1"+ slags is no big thing. What I am seeing is minimal interest in marbles that half a year ago were bringing 30-50.00 a pop So again, is this the norm or does anyone else see a market that keeps going soft ? I will keep buying, I enjoy it too much...but with the pricing dropping I may just have to stop buying anything that I feel will help me offset other costs. If I see a lot of X going for half of what it's value, to me, is, I will grab it and try to trade it or sell it....or give it away (haha) but it may that such an event is becoming less and less viable. Sorry for the ramblings, I do that a lot and I am sorry if I keep going in circles here. Sometimes you have to throw several pieces of gum against the wall to get 1 to stick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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