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It occurred to me when bidding for one of 25 games of Acquire
on eBay: Could I play out a market corner on a very small scale.
I figure there were maybe 500,000 of these bookshelf games produced in the 1968-72
time frame. If 10% survived to today there are 50K around.
eBay has 6 million users,
say 10% of the US online population so maybe 5,000
games could be brought to market today. OF those maybe 20 % would be collecter
quality. So, you accumulate the 1,000 games at an average price of $50. (Today the game
costs $20-30. By the time you bought the 1,000 the price would have inched up to $100) Then,
you have "cornered" the market. (I know if you try to sell them for $1,000 a piece then more would
come into the market from people's attics). But you sell them at
$150 and make 200% return on your investment.
eBay has many possibilities for experimenting with econ 101 :-)
||Could you x-ray the Pokeman packs to see the Hologram cards?
||I'll bring my cloud chamber.
||What about training a german sheppard to sniff out the special chemicals used to make the holographic card?