[meteorite-list] Literal Meteorite Price Lists...Igot some--wantem?
From: Bernhard <rendelius_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Nov 9 10:59:07 2004
You would get a good average, though.
Although - from time to time, there are people like 23dragons23, buying
20g of NWA 1827 for more than $400 :-). This person isn't uneducated, I
guess, but they have more money than we all can shake our stick at *g*.
Whatever: if you follow ebay auctions closely (and those buying there
should certainly do that), you get a "feel" for how much things cost.
Compare this with the prices on dealers' sites, and you know what you
BTW, I think that prices for "ordinary" meteorites are a little on the
rise. Ist his the pre-christmas frenzy or a subtle trend?
Bernhard "Rendelius" Rems
CEO RPGDot Network
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Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Literal Meteorite Price Lists...Igot
Ebay prices would not be trustworthy either. I have seen SA's sell for
cents a gram and $10 a gram, of course it depends on how nice it is. I
seen rusty Nantans sell for $5 a gram. I have seen Allende sell for $8
gram and Allende that did not sell at even priced at $4 a gram. You have
many uneducated people buying meteorites on ebay to get an accurate
----- 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
whims of the bidders who all have their own reasons for their bid
> 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
the years and the lists give a snapshot into the distribution of rare
material over the years. It is really something to read through
containing howardites, ureilites, carbonaceous chondrites, type 3s,
eucrites, etc. and many of them are witnessed falls and none are NWAs or
> 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
> ase. The upfront time might be a touch high, but after that it would
forever with minimal tweaking. However, I suspect it might violate the
> ----- 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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