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post #91 of 165
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Originally Posted by LFF
Well - One of them sold for way under $500.00. Less than $250.00 actually. I wonder why bidding didn't go higher.
I'd figure cause the hf-1, although limited edition, still has many same/better league competitors for $200. Unlike phones such as the HP-1Ks, R-10s, etc, which are considered to be somewhat unique in sound. Time could be a factor as well, I'm guessing a year from now they'd sell for quite a bit more than retail. Course, I don't know jack about jack.
post #92 of 165
Hi - jumping on this thread a bit late in the game, but thought I'd pass on my opinion.

I think Mr. Grado probably anticipated that some of these would be re-sold, and he's a smart enough guy to know that this would be done at a profit.

Any time that just about anything is released as a limited edition, they instantly become collector's items. Once that happens, they're guaranteed to go up in value on the re-sale market.

Prime example is the Mobile Fidelity 24K Gold Ultradisc collection (discussed on many threads here on head-fi). These are limited edition masterings of a few hundred different titles, mainly classic rock with some blues and jazz mixed in as well, pressed on 24K gold-plated cd's.

If you were fortunate enough to buy one of these new in Tower Records or wherever during their commercial release, you paid about $20 per cd. Now go on eBay and search "MFSL cd". If you were smart enough to buy the whole catalog when they first came out and left them all sealed, you could retire by selling them.

It's just the nature of the beast with limited edition anything. Not saying whether it's right or wrong, it just is....
post #93 of 165
Sorta like asking Bill Russell to autograph a ball and then seeing it on ebay.

Methinks Grado won't be doing any more specials for head-fi members.
post #94 of 165
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Originally Posted by mlhm5
Sorta like asking Bill Russell to autograph a ball and then seeing it on ebay.

Methinks Grado won't be doing any more specials for head-fi members.
Because 5 of the 451 pairs of headphones have been ebayed? Are you serious?
post #95 of 165
Does this pair make it 6?

Just took a peek at fleaBay and there they were. Honestly, if I had the money to get them, I think I would. But alas, money is like water that slips through my fingers this time of year.

Bleh.

bb
post #96 of 165
Part 2 is invalid.

Considering the value increase of the used HF-1, mine should be worth $278.88 because I have Todd Flats on them!!!

Well they are worth a lot more than $280 to my ears.
post #97 of 165
Hey sorry guys, my set was the first auction linked out of those 3.

I really hope I didn't offend anybody here, but they really had to go because my car has to be fixed ASAP, and this hobby will have to be put on hold for a little bit

I still feel bad that I had to let go of them
post #98 of 165
I don't see what all the fuss is about; Head-Fi got their donation and Grado/Todd got their money. Are we supposed to keep the HF-1s for the rest of our lives? Does anyone seriously have a problem with mulletman selling his HF-1s because his car broke down? Or do you have to have a really good reason for selling them to not be denounced by the Head-Fi community? I noticed some shame/fake bidding on the older auctions. That is just sad, guys.
post #99 of 165
The pair in Germany is at $310 with 15 minutes to go.

That's Great. It shows real interest. Maybe some other manufacturers might hop on the band wagon and release a short run of headphones like the HF-1?


Let the market decide. To me this shows the desire, love, respect and actual market position of the HF-1.


Mitch
post #100 of 165
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Originally Posted by mulletman13
Hey sorry guys, my set was the first auction linked out of those 3.

I really hope I didn't offend anybody here, but they really had to go because my car has to be fixed ASAP, and this hobby will have to be put on hold for a little bit

I still feel bad that I had to let go of them
I've been lurking here for a while, and don't generally like to post (that is just my personality type), but I just can't hold my tongue any longer.

For the love of God, please do not apologize.

You don't owe ANYONE an explaination as to why you wanted to sell something that you own and purchased with your own hard-earned money.

I am a big Grado fan myself, but the cult-like Grado atmosphere generated in this thread by some individuals in an attempt to call out, sling insults at, or try to bully someone into NOT selling something they own is sickining.

If you want to sell your HF-1s at a profit on Ebay, then go for it. The Grado 'mafia' will not hunt you down and break your legs for doing so. John Grado will not curl up in a fetal position, and quitely weep in a dark corner because you sold a pair of HF-1s on Ebay. Life will continue on as it normally would, and the sun will probably still come out tomorrow.

I followed a few of those HF-1 auctions as well. I noticed a few individuals that created new bogus accounts with 'clever' account names with zero feedback to artificially bid up the auction (to outragous prices) in what I can only assume to be an attempt to sabotage the auction. I think it is a pretty safe bet that the individuals in question are members of this message board, and were so against the idea of someone selling HF-1s on Ebay, they went to these lenghts in an attempt to ruin the Ebay auction. I will bite my tongue and not turley express how I feel about those people, but I can tell you it isn't pleasant.

Ok, I feel better now.
post #101 of 165
If you're going to sell your hf1s, I suggest you set it to not allow bids from 0 feedback members.
post #102 of 165
Mulletman shouldn't feel guilty. Just so you all know, I'm probably one of the newest members to the board and I was the one to buy the HF-1's. So I'm happy to say while I'm new to the board I'm an old time audiophie and now a Head-fi'r too. I promise to baby them as much as anyone else on the board would and hope to be a regular contributing poster in the future.
post #103 of 165
Consecutive numbers on ebay!

#381 and 382

381
382
post #104 of 165
Strange that consecutive numbers have come on for sale, since one is in Cambridge, UK, the other is in Indianapolis!
post #105 of 165
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Originally Posted by mlhm5
Sorta like asking Bill Russell to autograph a ball and then seeing it on ebay.
Not at all, because Bill Russell would not SELL the autographed ball, but just... autograph it.

On another note, I can easily imagine Mr Grado being happy and not angry that one of his fine products is so looked for that its market price increases each day.
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