Di Blasi wrote:The lower price might be because they've been on the shelves since the release, so the price hasn't been raised.
Correct, the merchant is fair and keeps the prices fairly respectful.
It's also important to note that since the first release of GTS, the wholesale cost of the Antique Collection has risen what appears somewhere between 40-60% in small incremental jumps yearly. The original release in 2002 I saw for sale as cheap as $29.99 the Old Weller 19 year old also was around at that insane price (but back then it was just a damn GOOD price).
I'm sure the cost of fuel / transportation has also contributed as products period are increasing in cost, the Antique Collection has the advantage of re-introducing itself annually while increasing a few bucks at each introduction... but with the weak dollar - I'm surprised that Stagg etc. are commanding such prices in Europe right now.
Less than 2 years ago, the Exchange was still carrying the discontinued Weller 19 (much more sought after than GTS imho) for £49, if my memory serves me correctly. It jumped to £89 not long after that and Antique Collection prices seem to have not looked back since.
FWIW, you might just look into Blanton's barrel strength if you're dying to get a marginal idea of GTS' appeal... minus the long line and discerning crowds.