Quoted from NM:
Because an asking price of a never seen before threshold that's approximately 25% (or $7,000) more than buying a core and getting a masterpiece back from HEP hurts all hobbyists in the long run by artificially inflating prices--therefore contributing to an unsustainable bubble.
On the other hand, say the bubble does continue--and then people start asking $30,000 or more for restored MMs...and the uninformed keep buying.
Well somebody's going to be left holding that bag...or the collective bag.
Perhaps this will explain some of the anger to you.
My 2 cents only of course--but you did ask why.
His price does not artificially inflate prices.
You're concerned that somebody will pay 30k for a pin and the bubble will burst leaving them holding a bad investment?
Like I said before, if somebody has 30k of disposable income to spend on a toy, instead of telling them that how crazy they are, I'm going to ask them for financial advise.
Plus, he is posting it on Pinside, a place people gather to talk about pinball. The 2nd Worst Place ever to get an uninformed buyer to over pay. (RGP is first as it is not moderated)
Targeting a MM buyer, who knows who Lyman Sheets is, who knows what a Keller restore is, who has read the Shazams on this thread, is going to be uninformed enough to cough up 23k after 50 posts?
Just my 2 cents.