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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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  1. They can grow back after divorce.
  2. I didn’t start it. I just respond because I don’t like being misunderstood or having people left with a false impression based on repeated statements by some boardies who are wrong. Finally, if you are going to engage in hyperbole as a form of ridicule, I suggest you more carefully read what I wrote. You might learn something. These days, I think the bigger market “threat” is a price bubble near the top end of the market. If dealers are bidding to add to their stock at high prices, and then raise their prices, how much new money at that end is available to buy or trade up? There still seem
  3. I write precis As I have said before, I write precisely. And when I write on matters touching on the law, it is based on specifics. There is nothing wrong with P’nutz bidding practices; I never suggested the contrary. In fact, I think that economically, it is good for the market. What can be illegal, but is not shilling, involves price fixing. It can take the form of people not bidding so a particular person can win, or dealers bidding to maintain a market price (among other things). You are now in the legal area of anti-trust law and state laws governing anti-competitive conduct, w
  4. I recognize prices are going up due to demand on a lot of collectibles these days. But shilling isn’t a laughable matter if you were the one who was duped into paying, say, 30% more than you would have without it. Of course, you have the right to be smug, because that could never, ever happen to you, right? As though you would even know.
  5. Under US law, I’m not so sure such an agreement wouldn’t qualify as an illegal conspiracy to fix prices— in theory. Whether it is pragmatically actionable is a different question, and I would expect the answer is no. A few years ago, a book was written called “Three Felonies a Day” by a former prosecutor. That is the average number of crimes the average person commits every day, thanks to the complexity of our legal system. If that is true, then the number of civil violations should logically be exponentially higher.
  6. That is definitely one reaction by some people. Others, however, just brace themselves up to go to a higher price point.
  7. I see this as having a historical antecedent with posters or litho’s.. Yes, they will go up, but not like an oil.
  8. Specificity isn’t needed. You get my point. Perspective matters.
  9. Correct. It is called bid- rigging, and it is illegal, maybe criminal depending on the State and nature of the auction.
  10. Not a shill, but obnoxious to deliberately cause harm for no gain.
  11. Never said the law practice has no barriers to entry. Be thankful it does. Some of the misinformation about what is legal or not is appalling. As to free competition it carries a lot more significance than no barriers to entry (although that is a big one). It also includes, among other things, no non-economic biases, and perfect knowledge shared by all potential buyers. As to what is “fair”, that can depend upon your point of view. Is it “fair” for someone to engage in short term rental of an apartment in an area not zoned for hotels/motels if the temporary tenants have lots of noisy parties o
  12. Since I have my BA in Economics, I think I do. You probably don’t understand that a true free market can only exist in theory and for a snapshot of time.
  13. Technically, you are correct. A true free market naturally gravitates to monopoly because it is in the sellers' interests. The issue is how far away from one are you, and is it being deliberately manipulated or an accident of circumstance.