I predict that no one will even want them so they wont go anywhere near the retail price in bidding. Does anyone actually wear alligator shoes?
16 bids w/ 9 days to go says you're in the minority. I predict they will end up over $1,000 (fact is, I was going to make this claim yesterday, when there was only 1 bid of $.01, but I didn't have the balls. 15 bids and $100 later, I guess they've descended....) When you present a reasonably good photo image, coupled with a highly embellished text that underscores exclusivity and desirabilty (doesn't hurt to mention the $5k retail price, either), you've got a formula guaranteed to bring 'em out of the woodwork. How about an actual prediction for how the auction will turn out: I say 32 bids at $1,550 final bid. I'm sure others here are better at figuring out the psychology of how these things evolve, but I figure there will be a number of bottom feeders hanging around 'til the bidding gets above several hundred dollars or so, after which they will fall away. That will leave the serious, core bidders who have already decided that they want the shoes and have a set number for how much they're willing to pay. I then imagine there might be 2 bidders left at the end, taking the auction up into the stratosphere; above $1,000. Any other predictions? Hey maybe we can turn this into a friendly competion, with one winner for total # of bids, and one for $ amount? The winners would receive...al pat on the back, or? Sound like fun? Sound stupid? At any rate, I've made my prediction, now its a game of waiting. Afterthought: To make it a fair playing field, anyone participating would have to cast their prediction by a certain date/time, say tomorrow (Sunday) by 10:00 p.m. EST.