The number of times I have seen such 'winning' high bid numbers and then found out it was sold to oneself to bend the curve.... or the buyer simply doesn't complete the purchase has been astounding... but I have seen an awful amount of 'sucker' and 'stupid' in my day as well
Last 1200XL I bought was 3 weeks ago for 6.95 at American Family Services Thrift stores..... It appears to have come from one town away.... and it works... they also had a crap ton of tube tv's
I've wondered this myself as I adopted Atari hardware over the past year or so. Just an occasional, nagging hunch from the patterns I was seeing from daily scanning of the listings.
A remarkable find, too, with the 1200XLs! They're out there. Waiting.