Mostly, folks have been lucky...getting a 600 when they thought they were getting a '82-97 M400.
Then it's not expensive.
There was a live auction....and being cheap had not bought the auction catalog for the two pens I was interested in.
I made a mistake and thought the first pen in the auction was the black and gold 600.
Not noticing it was silver and gold.............the two auction houses I normally go to, have better photographers. So 'at all costs' I wanted that 600..........
Well, actually it wasn't at all costs.... I was hoping for 'cheap' which happens occasionally in live auctions....and often one is bidding against dealers who have to make a profit, so one can get it cheaper than one's local Ebay.
The auction hall was almost empty, but there were those on phone or computer bidding. Both pens had a start price of E80.
My 'limit' for the old small 600 of E135...passed., don't remember when the E10 price jump becomes E20... so really it don't take any time at all at E20 jumps...to hit 200...............which was really my max limit....even if that's foolish. One should have a max limit of 180 or 220.....not 200.
OK, I won and at a much more expensive price....so wasn't going to bid on that 1005.
The next pen I thought was the 1005....until 'low' bids, in the first 10-15 seconds....told me.... I won a 1005 , with that E200 bid on the pen before.................had I known it...I'd stopped at E150....but thought it the 600. Willing to spend more than it was worth....
In I'd passed them up when I was a foolish 'noobie'. back when a M400 went for E70 and E100 was way too expensive for a fancy 400.. I didn't understand the 200 back then either.
You know you have a chance, when the telephone bids slow down. The going once becomes going twice. I got the 600 for what I expected....E135.....not what I wanted of course....I'd hopes of no one wanting a fountain pen...for E80. I was happy enough with that price.
I'm glad I was too cheap to spend E3.00 on a catalog, or I'd not won the 1005. That pen turned out not to be near as huge as I remembered from my B&M, nearly a decade before. In the meantime I'd gotten a few Large pens, so the jump wasn't quite as much as expected.