I've noticed somewhat the opposite. At least in terms of the gear that I follow and track.
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Yes, we all really do NEED Krell amps! But, seriously, while the government sees negligible inflation, have you been to the gas station or grocery store lately? Of course,
prices are moving up on things we want and need. I spend a lot of time here on Audiogon and notice that if something is priced surprisingly low, relative to prevailing prices, it's sold before I even see the ad. Concerning quality
used gear on Audiogon, if you see what you want at a fair price-don't wait! I'm sorry it has come to that...but here we are. Obviously, bad for buyers, good for sellers.
I don't need Krell but I do need LAMM, and there are a few at the moment to choose from. I am not sure about their prices, though they don't seem high to me, and are certainly negotiable. Yeah, some pieces are sold here within an hour or so, and other pieces never even appear.
So I can't say I noticed upward tendency, I think prices might just fluctuate a little.
I agree, prices of used gear seem to be moving up. In addition to general inflation, new gear pricing of the top USA brands is moving up which increases the demand for the used stuff. This is particularly true of stuff from Europe. ProAc recently had a significant increase, and this coupled with unfavorable exchange rates puts landing goods from Europe in the USA more expensive. Gear manufactured/sourced in the Asia market seems to be holding prices steady, and continues to improve in quality. What's that expression, 'go west young man'.
A fixed price on old gear from a sellers point is just madness. Most gear sold that's 10yrs old or more is in need of a possible cap change or upgrading. This alone can nickle and dime a buyer into the poor house. I should think that more sellers could try to be more flexible and take this into consideration when posting older gear.
I agree completely, I was essentially not perusing the site at all for a few years and recently came back on a regular basis and was shocked at some of the prices. I have also noticed some very quick sales, it seems like every time I see something on New Today that I know is a good deal, it's already been sold. Luckily I'm not really in the market to buy anything, but it seems like quite a sea change from just a couple of years ago. No wonder more people seem to be going the modding and upgrade route, it can provide the best value.
If it is a best offer listing we don'r really know the final selling price unless we participate in transaction or communicate privately with other members. Personally, I pay little attention to the asking price when willing to buy, I just offer what I am prepared to pay with some room for negotiation.
Most good 10 year old gear requires nothing for at least 5-10 more years except tubes of course. Almost all my gear is more than 10 years old and I hear no difference compared to what it was 5 years ago.
This is all speculation on my part.
I think the listing prices rising on vintage gear or gear in general is due to sellers getting outrageous low-ball offers. They are starting their pricing a bit higher to accommodate that.
E.g. I had a McCormack DNA-1 long ago that I listed at a price based on the avg of DNA-1s I saw here and on other sites in the same condition. I really believed I was at fair market value. I was getting offers of 30% to 40% below my listing price. If I was selling now I'd start a bit higher than that avg to get less insane low-ball offers. I'd get better offers from those who will base their offer as a percentage of listing price.
I also think starting prices on vintage gear may be higher due to people accounting for all the costs that go along with selling on A'gon. Maybe people just didn't notice it before in the better economy. Between the listing fee, ending fee, increasing costs of shipping, cost of using paypal etc etc selling here can be bit more than other sites. I'm not complaining about what A'gon charges. I pay the charges and still sell here when I can. I'd pay these prices to deal with the more professional people here any day. I just won't be listing small dollar items.
Inflation is not just in used gear. The price of parts is going up as a result of the value of the dollar. The best used gear has appreciated about 30% since a year or two ago, but it is absolutely a good buy.
There is no better indicator of what gear is actually worth, than to have it appreciate on the "Gon". No one knows audio gear better than shoppers here.