There is a number of "professionals" who buy this stuff cheap and sell it as NOS or as new after careful polishing and servicing where needed. I met one at the Retroronde and had a chat... they do all sorts of things... and once they have finished you can't distinguish it from a brand new component. I don't want to judge whether it is immoral or it is actually a good thing to restore components instead of having them rusting in a shed, but the fact is they won't let you buy anything cheap, as they have eyes everywhere and even the dullest Campagnolo SR part will go for a lot of money, as they can then sell it for three times that.
Have you ever wondered where all this NOS shiny stuff comes from? Is there really so much unsold stock in old bicycle shops? Can you name a shop that has one single unsold Super Record part from the 1980s?
Totally agree, and fair play to these people for restoring parts - not right to sell as NOS and no there's not a plethora of unsold parts out there that are suddenly discovered and offered to market. Luckily i'm not in the market for this NOS stuff, i'm happy to clean & polish to a decent standard for my own satisfaction. If people want to buy at daft prices, good luck to them, but i'll go back to my original question which was about a realistic
price to get one of these groups together. The "2K still in a box" stuff doesn't interest me as I can't afford nor justify it. Steady priced stuff that has a mark up because it's 50th group is fair enough, but as you correctly state the 3x mark up which is a completely different ball game. I won't be buying anything that has that kind of pure profit added to it.
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