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    1 hour ago, HowardFamilyChristmasDisplay said:

    I cannot believe one these just sold on E-Bay for 100.....way too much.

    Yup.....definitely something weird going on.  I've been watching ebay sales of Christmas and Halloween blow molds for a few months and whenever I see a tabletop one that I have that sells for $100.00+ I take a screen shot just to show my family.

    Here is an example

     

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    On 9/15/2020 at 9:57 AM, Big J Illinois said:

    Mercari will make your head spin!!

    Mercari?  I've never heard of Mercari.

    On 9/15/2020 at 10:47 AM, donna123 said:

    Wow, Mercari also?  It's really crazy!

    Am I the only one who hasn't heard of Mercari?  What is it?

    On 9/16/2020 at 5:55 PM, nymark313 said:

    My Lowes has 8 of them, Dont like them too much though, Looking for the Minions instead.

    Looking at the picture Scott posted it'll set you back right at $200 to get all 4.  I think I'd just get out 4 of the big yellow Easter eggs and put some goggles on them.  :) 

    TED

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    to find my Easter eggs.
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    On 9/15/2020 at 9:19 AM, donna123 said:

    Yup.....definitely something weird going on.  I've been watching ebay sales of Christmas and Halloween blow molds for a few months and whenever I see a tabletop one that I have that sells for $100.00+ I take a screen shot just to show my family.

    Here is an example

     

    Screenshot_2020-05-18-08-03-41.png

    I agree the prices have been going up alot. Every time I see these big jump in prices I cringe and think back about my trip to GFP. When GFP was open I went there, they had two tables of Table top blow molds with another table of odd ball stuff ( sample molds) for $5 each. I past on most of it. I could kick myself every time I think my wife was right! she said when we there you should buy extra to sell. I thought the price would not go up much:) boy was I wrong! Below are a few pictures from that trip. On far right is side of pictures are a few of tables.

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    I also passed on all the haunted houses now I see them on eBay $190. There was 10 odd colors of haunted house at GFP. All sample blow mold I saw came with no lamp the hole was never cut out of most of them. I did get sample bats but I went though them to find 3 to match. If I was thinking clear I would have gotten odd ball colors/ glitter blow molds😅

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    4 hours ago, TED said:

     

    Mercari?  I've never heard of Mercari.

    Am I the only one who hasn't heard of Mercari?  What is it?

    1 hour ago, Scott Rob said:

    I agree the prices have been going up alot. Every time I see these big jump in prices I cringe and think back about my trip to GFP. When GFP was open I went there, they had two tables of Table top blow molds with another table of odd ball stuff ( sample molds) for $5 each. I past on most of it. I could kick myself every time I think my wife was right! she said when we there you should buy extra to sell. I thought the price would not go up much:) boy was I wrong! Below are a few pictures from that trip. On far right is side of pictures are a few of tables.

    315EB5E0-FB22-4F48-ABA0-98CA36B4A1B9.jpeg

    1D82BC42-740B-4C5A-B19B-CB7FB8566F6A.jpeg

    33CE3E23-D18B-4D1F-8EE5-2B8FF66660D7.jpeg

    I also passed on all the haunted houses now I see them on eBay $190. There was 10 odd colors of haunted house at GFP. All sample blow mold I saw came with no lamp the hole was never cut out of most of them. I did get sample bats but I went though them to find 3 to match. If I was thinking clear I would have gotten odd ball colors/ glitter blow molds😅

    4 hours ago, TED said:

     

    Mercari?  I've never heard of Mercari.

    Am I the only one who hasn't heard of Mercari?  What is it?

    TED

    TED

    Ted,

    Mercari is an online selling site like ebay and etsy.

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    On 9/18/2020 at 8:43 AM, donna123 said:

    Ted,

    Mercari is an online selling site like ebay and etsy.

    Thanks I'll have to take a look.  I thought maybe it was the name of that weird looking mouse 'mold or something.

    TED

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