[meteorite-list] Literal Meteorite Price Lists...I got some--wantem?
From: Tom AKA James Knudson <peregrineflier_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Nov 9 10:16:46 2004
Ebay prices would not be trustworthy either. I have seen SA's sell for 10
cents a gram and $10 a gram, of course it depends on how nice it is. I have
seen rusty Nantans sell for $5 a gram. I have seen Allende sell for $8 per
gram and Allende that did not sell at even priced at $4 a gram. You have to
many uneducated people buying meteorites on ebay to get an accurate figure.
----- Original Message -----
To: "Nicholas Gessler" <gessler_at_ucla.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 7:23 AM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Literal Meteorite Price Lists...I got
> Hi All,
> Actually Nick, ebay is totally different world than decade-old dealer
listings. First of all, the posted prices are fixed whereas ebay is at the
whims of the bidders who all have their own reasons for their bid amount.
> Second, most (but of course not all as some of you know about) of the
dealer's stock is listed giving an indication of the type and sizes
available at that point in time, with many much larger than the usual
material on ebay.
> And third, there were many pieces of many rare meteorites offered through
the years and the lists give a snapshot into the distribution of rare
material over the years. It is really something to read through pricelists
containing howardites, ureilites, carbonaceous chondrites, type 3s,
eucrites, etc. and many of them are witnessed falls and none are NWAs or the
> Frankly, I think an ebay archive would be easy. Just build a progam to
crawl the meteorite auctions after their completion and store the data in a
> ase. The upfront time might be a touch high, but after that it would run
forever with minimal tweaking. However, I suspect it might violate the ebay
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Nicholas Gessler <gessler_at_ucla.edu>
> Date: Monday, November 8, 2004 9:41 pm
> Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Literal Meteorite Price Lists...I got
> > This would be a good idea. So would archiving all of eBay's
> > meteorite
> > auctions. However, it's an enormous task: Let's see...
> > 400 auctions per week times 52 weeks is around 20,000. Times 10
> > years, is
> > about 200,000. With 300x400 images or 100k pixels times 3 bytes
> > per pixel
> > is 300k bytes per auction (minimum). Times 20,000 is 6 megabytes
> > for one
> > year, or 60 for 10. It's late. Someone please check my math.
> > Maybe it is
> > feasible? Especially by someone who can write the code to do this
> > automatically. But not by me...
> > And then what have we got? Does the fact t
> hat someone paid $100
> > for xyz
> > two years ago mean that $50 is a fair price today? Or $200? Oh
> > well. Actually, I think the collection of photographs would be
> > worth much
> > more than the collection of prices!
> > Cheers,
> > Nick
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