Browse George Michael and see the prices, 4000 is the highest ive seen. I'm going to look at Carrie now.
To trust a dealer there has to be some interaction between the two parties over a period of time, an exchange of currency or you mention your consignment a deal and it takes time to build that trust especially through the net because it's not a real life building process of face to face. To trust a seller for myself I need to know if the dealer is selling authentic autographs and it helps if there using one of the best tpa's in the business and they will have Caiazzo for example, examine the graphs.
So many listings you see ip-grapher will say the item will pass psa/dna or jsa or money back ,it's hardly a reason to buy, when they maybe squiggles.
This is nothing new. But, now the Internet and sights like eBay has enabled it to be instantaneous and visible. Seen this happen many times before and the bigger name of the star combined with the circumstances of their death, the higher the curve. By the same token, everyone should be fully aware by now that prices and demand will subside. Emotional responses are usually never cost effective.
100% fair. Business is Business. Same goes for Harrison Ford (who has made millions) charging his fans $1000 for an autograph that takes him about 2 seconds to sign. It is worth what people are willing to pay, that is capitalism.
Right, buyers shouldn't act on emotion. Ed Rendell, a famous autograph collector wrote in his book NEVER BUY right after someone has passed. He used Princess Diana as an example of just how much things can skyrocket. Carrie's prices will come back down, they won't return to when she was alive, but people are getting ripped off at these levels.
I don't necessarily think it is morally right to profit off of someone's death. But I also feel that you can't mix morality with business (most of the time), I mean if we did that, morally there are tons of other things far more morally wrong than autograph prices.