I went to the flea market today with dreams of Transformers. After something like a ten year absence, there was finally a toy dealer at the flea market! And from what I had been told, he had a ton of toys! Hot dog!
I walked into the guy's booth (stall?) and he's holding a Chromedome in car mode. So far, so good. I asked him if he was complete and he looked at me and said "I'm not sure". That's not a good sign. I then noticed that he had an iPad and was looking on eBay. That's not good. He let me look at Chromedome and I knew right away that he was missing everything, it was just the body. So I told him Chromedome's name and I even told him the price range that he sells at. The owner then asked me if I wanted Chromedome for the low price of $25. Uh, no?
I talked up the owner, Tommy, and told him that I was looking for G1 Transformers. Looking around, I saw mainly Star Wars and newer Transformers from Energon and Cybertron lines. Tommy stated that he had two drawers of Transformers for sale. Hot dog again! I looked in the first drawer. I found Sludge's left leg, half a mini-spy, a Ratchet missing an arm, and the back half of his van and all accessories, and the top half of Long Haul. Eww. Time to check out the second drawer.
This drawer seemed more promising, there was a Motormaster missing his right arm, but there was a gun, a rub sign Bumblebee missing tires, and a Bombshell missing his gun. I found a Seaspray with joints tighter than the one I own and a Warpath with it's barrel intact, but missing his head. My Warpath has a broken barrel. I reasoned that it wouldn't be too hard to swap their heads. I asked Tommy how much for the Warpath. That's when things got bad.
Tommy pulled out his iPad and started fumbling around with it. He then said "Well, it's going on eBay for about $10-$15, so I'll go $10". Ten dollars. For a Warpath missing his head. Ten dollars. I didn't even counter offer, that's how stunned I was. I put Warpath back and then asked if he had any G1 parts for sale. Tommy told me that he had four 16 gallon totes of Transformer parts. Music to my ears, since I need some parts for various figures. Then, Tommy broke my heart. The totes of parts were in a storage trailer in Tennessee, apparently. It sounded like the Canadian girlfriend excuse to me. I got his email address so I could send him a want list.
All in all, it was a fruitful trip. I made a connection that could be on the lookout for parts and figures for me. I'm not so sure about his pricing practices, however. From talking to Tommy, it appears that he prices his toys and collectibles based on what they sell for on eBay at that particular moment. We'll just see how this works out. Maybe I'll try checking out some yard sales.