Originally Posted by roundturns
It was the Mon Valley Swap Sunday at Seven Spings.
I saw the announcement for it over on DCski.
I think a combination of things is going on here:
1) swaps with an up-front fee (either a selling table fee or an admission fee) tend to distort the lower end of the price range. People are simply unwilling to price lower-value goods at a price that doesn't give them a healthy margin.
Very, very few sellers will price something at $10-$20 in a $5-to-get-in swap, even if $10 is exactly what the object is worth on Fleabay.
2) The recession is making swaps a non-value relative to new product, because of _demand_.
I think this is also becoming true of price-discounter stores like TJ Maxx chains (Marshall's, etc).
The true deals have simply been shopped out at $cheap venues. People are shopping for any
product at the generally $cheap venue (swap, discount store) instead of shopping for true deals at the usual venues.
3) The recession is making swaps a non-value relative to new product because of _supply_.
People want high $return on their used goods or they simply will not part with them.
2007 or newer? Hold on to it with a tight fist 'coz it ain't gonna be replaced anytime soon.
Old but "new" looking? Price it the same way single copies of books get priced on Amazon.com, $75 for a paperback/$300 for hardback and one sale makes your day/week/month.