ROBIN AND I AT THE PEARL ST. MALL, BOULDER CO. (2009)
Remember when the old E.F. Johnsons were selling at Hamfest or swapmeets for about $5 and then jumped way up in price? There really was a good reason for the jump because so many were still around, and in good or very good condition. Regardless, people bought them at the higher price. I see this every day whether it's the Johnson, Astatic, or Turner product that was sold in such a quantity that there really isn't a shortage. My latest example is the the lowly Realistic TRC-23/30A AM Base Station from the early 70's. A boatload of these transceivers were sold back then, and even in the beginning of this Century, they were only fetching $5 and shipping (if that much). Today they seem to command a much higher (and crazy) price. As many as there are that get sold, you could multiply that by 20 and still not reach an end zone. It's really puzzling to figure out what is driving the price upwards? (Maybe someone intends to buy each one that come available, and corner the market).