[CR]re: masi GC on ebay


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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 11:46:12 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: <chasds@mindspring.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]re: masi GC on ebay

Chris wrote:

"Is it me, or does the (starting!) price for this bike seem awfully high...

http://ebay.com/<blah>

Is there a reason this commands the premium that the seller is asking for? He's also got a Derosa up on the block that is even pricier.

I've been looking for a GC in my size for a long time. But I can't see paying this much for it.

-chris <chris@indra.com> San Francisco, CA

If toves are slithy, they do not gimble."

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That seller is dreamin'. I wouldn't pay any more than about 900 bucks for that bike, tops. Purely from a market perspective, I doubt it's worth that, although some might pay 900 bucks.

The later Masi GCs just are not as collectable. That may be wrong, it may be unfair, it may even be irrational, but that seems to be the case.

I'd even bet there are, right now a LOT of people out there who've bought 80s GCs thinking they were getting the early 70s GC (or something worth what an early 70s GC is worth), and that may have driven the price on some of these later GCs.

There is a very small group of people out there (including me) who like the early GCs, but it's a small group, and most of those people--including me--have no interest--or very little interest, anyway--in any Masi made after 1975 or so-- although the late 70s Prestige is a nice piece, I will say that. I paid more than I should have for one just recently.. <g>

There are always exceptions, but the exception is rare, and tends to prove the rule, as usual.

So, maybe that seller will get his or her price. But will the buyer really understand what they're buying? I wonder about that.

Charles "cynic" Andrews
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