In a message dated 6/9/2001 9:39:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> Moreover, I would think anyonewho would pay $200 for this performance on CD
> is the type of collector who regularly makes such dumplings, or knows
> who does, andtherefore has access to multiple private sources and thus
> acquire aCD copy for a lot less than $200.
On the contrary, anyone who has access to private resources for this
performance wouldn't spend anything for it. They'd simply contact their
friends and get a copy.
Broadcast performances that aren't regularly available bring high prices on
ebay from people who generally don't trade recordings. High prices as for
the Parsifal ($200) are somewhat unusual but are generally caused by two
people bidding against each other. In the case of Parsifal, the bid by the
3rd highest person was only about $90.
I once saw a recording on ebay from the Met of Don Carlo with Caballe and
Corelli. That went for a little over $300. Just for fun, I contacted the
2nd highest bidder and offered to sell him my copy for $200, but he said he
had found another copy elsewhere. Darn.