Outrageous Buy Now prices are meaningless. It’s just someone fishing for a dupe. Maybe they get lucky occasionally.
Only completed auction listings give a sense of the state of the market.
As for the green acrylic whittler, I don’t like acrylic scales either. But some guys do. Dead skunk comes to mind.
But more to the point, that is a very scarce knife. GEC whittlers in general are fairly scarce and I believe the 38 was made only in 2015. And that color of acrylic is the third-lowest production total of the whole run. So for someone who really prizes whittlers and really prizes scarcity, this is a valuable knife.
And remember you can’t get these at retail easily. Especially if you joined the GEC game late. I am a relative new-comer and after having bought quite a few GECs I’ve found that I really only get super excited about old, stiff 23s and 73s. So yes, I have paid well above retail sometimes. And I can tell you I don’t regret it. And if I do, then that knife goes back onto the market. And if I take a bath on a knife, that’s just part of the game. As KJ always says, you can’t judge a knife by a picture. You simply have to get them in hand to know if you like them. The greater the risk, the greater the reward.