Originally Posted by Tim
2.) the two dealers mentioned set the bar too low and the product itself goes south. (collectors should not be happy in this case as their "good deal" doesn't turn out so good.) If a product is weak, this is what happens.
If a collector pays full market value and the product is good and goes up, collector is happy. If collector gets a steal and product is bad and goes down even from the "steal" price, collector is unhappy.
This more than anything. Once the bar is set low like this it is almost impossible to see higher sales after that. Aside from Exceptions like Marvel Retro and others.
Thanos Super Collector.
Always buying Iron Man 55, Captain Marvel 33, Avengers Annual #7, Various other Bronze Age Thanos appearances.