Reply 540 of 845, by cyclone3d
Prices of old hardware can be all over the place. From what I have seen is that some people who have stuff to sell go and look at the eBay BIN prices for items that have been there forever and never sell. They then base their price off of those listings
Then you have people who look at the sold listings and base their asking prices off of those. When people see those "cheaper" sales pop up compared to the other stupidly high priced listings, they jump on the lower priced listings right away.
Then you have the sellers who look at both the current BIN prices and the sold prices and price the items somewhere in-between so prices tend to go up even for stuff that is pretty common.
If people are willing to pay the prices that are being asked, then that is what sets the prices.... sellers are generally not going to list some rare or sought after piece of hardware for almost nothing unless they don't know what they have and/or don't do price research beforehand.
I've gotten quite a few pieces for cheap because of that.
You've also got the dynamic of some pieces being harder to get depending on your geographical region. So that also lends to prices varying wildly.