This one is so expensive because it is the rare 5 speed version. One sold in the over 1K range a few months back I believe. The same thing in the four speed version would be a fraction of the price.
Mike Kone in Boulder CO
> yeah, but what they pay for one derailleur is NO indication of what
> the next derailleur of exactly the same specs will sell for.
> last year i put up 2 cyclos - one 1930s, one 1940s - both with full
> cable sets and shifters - though neither was as cleaned up as this
> one - and both sold for their original listing price ($150 each) with
> no japanese bidders...
> theres really no rhyme or reason to it - no pattern, no set of
> keywords thatll make any other item sell for such insane prices...
> heck, for all we know, the next cycle randonneur 5v rear derailleur
> might sell for $50. it helps that this one was really nicely cleaned
> up, and that it was the alloy body one instead of steel, but ive seen
> those go for substantially less on ebay.
> >O.K. , for those of you who need to buy a score-card , so you can
> >keep up with the names of the players . . . .
> >Probably the three most serious buyers , on eBay , who happen to
> >be from Nippon ( Japan ) are :
> >Most often if you see any two of those names in the bidding , the
> >auction price is likely to become very serious .
> >I do recall seeing the eBay name "evergreenhs2" , somewhere ,
> >sometime before . But I don't recall seeing bidding like THIS
> >And at the last moment , both "bjdnet" & "sy-2000" went even higher !!
> >And for those of you who have a fine old bicycle , with brazed-on
> >fittings for one of these , AND also happen to have one of these
> >still mounted onto your bicycle - this auction must make you
> >smile !
> >If you happen to NEED one of these , this auction may make you very sad .
> >Your personal bidding experiences may vary from examples cited .
> > :^)
> > Raoul Delmare
> > Marysville Kansas U.S.A.