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Author Topic: Ebay Stupid  (Read 5247 times)
K2GWK
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« on: April 02, 2014, 05:55:12 PM »

I just watched a used LDG AT1000 Pro II and M1000 Meter sell on Ebay (listing 321362769528) for $585 plus $20 shipping via Buy It Now. The only problem is that the buyer could have purchased it brand new for $558.95 ($439 for the AT1000 Pro II and $119.95 for the M1000) from Cheapham.com. Let's see, the buyer lost almost $26 and gets no warranty. Now that's a deal. What a moron.
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 06:05:13 PM »

Years ago, some guy offered a "antique" Zenith clock radio from the 1950s. You know, one of the cheap ones with a Telechron motor and AM only. He wanted something like $1000 for a radio that was worth about $20. And it sold! Even worse, the pic he used was blurry, probably on purpose. And it STILL sold.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 08:07:13 PM »

How about the guy that was selling a Elecraft KX3 100w amp and cable for $1200(QTH). He lowered the price to $1000 and then posted it sold?Huh

New price is $700 w/o cable. Expensive cable.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 08:39:20 PM »

As P.T. Barnum said once, "There's one born every minute and two to take him!"

Someone else pointed out that a man will spend $2.00 for a $1.00 item that he needs and a woman will spend $1.00 for a $2.00 item that she doesn't need because it's on sale.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2014, 12:08:33 AM »

Funny thing is that some buyers have loads of money, and really don't seem to care!  My friend sells lots of stuff on ebay, and regularly gets more than what the same product would sell for elsewhere.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 02:07:25 AM »

Keep in mind that if it wasn't for eBay, WalMart and the illegal drug trade all being supported by social welfare and credit cards the U.S would have no economy at all.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 06:36:44 AM »

Some people say that the additional cost is well worth the time saved by looking in one place rather than several.  Myself, I rather spend the time.  When I look to buy something, I see what the price is at half a dozen (more or less) sites besides checking E-Bay.  Although it happens frequently, E-Bay isn't always the highest priced--more than half the time, it's the lowest.

Hey, if people don't want to spend the time to check to see if they can save money elsewhere, it's their tough cookies, not mine.  Let 'em!
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 07:13:20 AM »

I've sold a few 2m radios on ebay that had issues with them. I pointed each and every issue out on the ad. I was hiding nothing. They sold for almost what you could buy a new similar rig for. Hey I'm not complaining.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014, 07:17:32 AM »

Some people say that the additional cost is well worth the time saved by looking in one place rather than several.  Myself, I rather spend the time.  When I look to buy something, I see what the price is at half a dozen (more or less) sites besides checking E-Bay.  Although it happens frequently, E-Bay isn't always the highest priced--more than half the time, it's the lowest.

Hey, if people don't want to spend the time to check to see if they can save money elsewhere, it's their tough cookies, not mine.  Let 'em!

I understand but isn't the premise when intelligently bidding on Ebay that you understand the value of what you are bidding on before you bid on it or in this case "Buy It Now"?
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2014, 08:29:48 AM »

I avoid bidding on ebay like the plague, it is a waste of time and money. What is the point of waiting 2+ weeks for the item? If you are the winner of the auction at the end of NINE days, you then have to wait another 5 to 7 days to receive it.

And there is the auction itself. Say the item is worth $100 to you, you want the item but don't want to, or can't be at the very end of the auction. You put in your highest bid of $100.

Meanwhile the auction is going on for these nine days the bidding is up to $75. You are looking around and you see someone else listing the same item you are bidding on , however they want $75 "Buy it Now".  Pretty good deal.

However since you are already bid (in advance) up to $100 to the first listing. You can't back out of the auction because you are committed to the item.  After all suppose you win?

So your nine days go by and at the very last minute someone out bid you by $2. You go back and look for that other offer for $75 "Buy it Now" by a different seller. The listing is no longer there, it was sold.

So now you didn't win the item, you lost the auction to someone else over $2 (after waiting the nine days). And you also had to pass up a deal for the same item selling for less by a different seller who only wanted $75 (BUY IT NOW) for it because you already committed (a BID of)  $100 to the auction.

Of course you didn't have to commit to $100. You could have kept visiting the auction listing by upping the bid by $5 every few days and 'pouncing' on it at the very end of the auction. (That is if you don't have more important things to tend to.)

But if you just put "Buy It Now" and block out "Auction" in your search for the item, you would have eventually have run across the "Buy It Now" item selling for $75 from a different seller. And perhaps you could probably already have the item shipped to you before that other nine day auction even ended.

These week long+ auctions should be done away with IMO. Nine days is WAY too long. So is 7 days, 5 days and 3 days. Imagine if we had to buy our gas or groceries that way?

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2014, 08:55:01 AM »

One of the most interesting things I've attended was an auction for stuff people no longer want!  Here in WV (No derogatory comments please) there are auction houses that have weekly auctions.

During the week these people are contacted by those who want to get rid of....... whatever.  Friday or Saturday night this stuff goes on the block.

It's a hoot watching people bid on stuff and pay more for it than if they went to Wal-mart and bought it. 

The point being, when it comes to auctions, many people simply lose their common sense and get caught up in the spirit of the action.  It seems to be a matter of competition and they have to WIN!

Even if they have second thoughts about what they bought it is salved by the fact they WON!  Simply human nature, I guess.

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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2014, 09:11:03 AM »

it's like the lights and noises in a casino, you leave your brains at the doorway.  if you don't have a firm limit, and stick to it, you're in trouble.
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2014, 04:25:32 PM »

The point being, when it comes to auctions, many people simply lose their common sense and get caught up in the spirit of the action.  It seems to be a matter of competition and they have to WIN!


This is very true. I've been caught up in the action as well. Below is a picture of my shack. There is a knife switch in line with my antenna. It is a vintage switch with a slate base - perfect size for 600 ohm feedline. I had to have it. So did somebody else. It got into a bidding war at the very end. There was no way I was going to lose. I think I wound up paying almost 200 dollars for it in the end, but I had to have it as it was absolutely perfect for what I wanted (and it looked good too!!). I'll bet had I found it in a fleamarket or antique store I would have paid $20 or so.. who knows? I'm happy with it.

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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2014, 06:18:16 PM »

This is very true. I've been caught up in the action as well. Below is a picture of my shack. There is a knife switch in line with my antenna. It is a vintage switch with a slate base - perfect size for 600 ohm feedline. I had to have it. So did somebody else. It got into a bidding war at the very end. There was no way I was going to lose. I think I wound up paying almost 200 dollars for it in the end, but I had to have it as it was absolutely perfect for what I wanted (and it looked good too!!). I'll bet had I found it in a fleamarket or antique store I would have paid $20 or so.. who knows? I'm happy with it.

First off, very nice shack. Thanks for sharing that.

My bidding system is simple. I decide how much I will spend, and that's my maximum bid. Unless your sure its a 1 of a kind item, there will always be another. I did that for an FT8800 radio. The fifth time I bid on one, I won it. The first 4 I was outbid. Patience goes a long way to building a station from used equipment at prices I can afford.

But I will admit that I overbid on a tube tester. Like the switch, it was just what I wanted. But I was looking for that particular model for a long time. So in essence, it was a one of a kind. And I too did pay dearly!
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2014, 06:58:59 AM »

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The point being, when it comes to auctions, many people simply lose their common sense and get caught up in the spirit of the action.  It seems to be a matter of competition and they have to WIN!
Even if they have second thoughts about what they bought it is salved by the fact they WON!  Simply human nature, I guess.
Las Vegas "bottled that irony" long ago ... look at that desert mecca,  where the house always wins!!

... You can't WIN, if you don't PLAY!
... I only go to Vegas for the entertainment value.
... What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas! (Your money stays, but credit card bill goes home)
... I finally WON that auction, kept bidding against same bidders (relatives of eBay seller).
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