I knew you'd post about that one SS
I was runner up and absolutely stunned that I didn't win as I bid about $100 more than I thought she'd go for. So, so wrong.
Yes MOC prices are way up. Nothing to do with tax rebates though, as I know a number of people who are bidding and all of us are trying to complete sets or get that HTF MOC pony. It's just timing out that way. If you can find something for under $80 it's a steal. I hunt day and night for MOC G1s and I bid on nearly all of them (those that I need that is) so I am all too familiar with the prices.
Yum Yum was this expensive because she is part of the 2nd TAF set and we know how hard Nightglider and Munchy are to come by. She is now on her way up. White pony, pink hair and a 2nd set TAF. All the makings of a very in demand pony. Put her on card and watch her price go through the roof.
The lowest I've paid for MOC ponies is around the $30 mark but those were due to fluking a poorly timed auction or getting one from outside US ebay.
I finally counted the other day and I have 71 MOC/MIB/MIP ponies at present with another 20 coming (in the post). So I'm getting to the point of having a reasonable collection of these girls and it is such an expensive exercise. But very worthwhile when you see them displayed.