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Old 02-06-08, 07:57 PM   #1
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The brains on some people...

I just had an auction end for a 105 shifter...it had a "buy now" price of $65. Final auction price was $77
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Old 02-06-08, 08:00 PM   #2
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I can't count how many times I have seen that happen. Not only would they be paying less, but its guaranteed they get the item....
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Maybe. But are they going to find another one at your Buy Now price? If they got in early on in the bidding hoping to get it for less than the Buy Now, but were willing to pay a little more, they put in a bid that's over the Buy Now, which doesn't register until someone bids higher. That can go back and forth until it gets past the Buy Now, but buyers stay in because it's still a good deal. Considering that I've paid more for a new Sora shifter, they still got a good price, eh?
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Old 02-06-08, 10:09 PM   #4
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I guess...

i don't bid on things i can't see close in front of the computer
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Old 02-06-08, 10:18 PM   #5
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My 1st Ebay auction I was selling wireless headphones that were 2 years old ($50 when brand new). I was never impressed with their quality and they had (at that point) been sitting in a box for a year.

Another guy had a slew of them that were factory refurbs still with warranty all were "buy it now" for $40. Mine was listed honestly as 2 years old and the winning bid was $55.
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Old 02-06-08, 11:50 PM   #6
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I brought a brand new skinsuit (Santini Australia National Team) for $70. I used it for a week, decided it was too small and ebayed it for $110.

Ebay is full of stupid people, and yet I am still able to score low prices, my $3 ending bid for a brand new De Marchi Contour Plus that retails for $100 (not to mention the seller was also a reputable bike shop).
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Old 02-07-08, 03:13 AM   #7
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De Marchi... yummmmmm... wool* jerseys.

*Blended with synthetic, but even so.... yummmmmm.

Oh, all bought from eBay, although not at a really dirt cheap price.
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Old 02-07-08, 07:29 AM   #8
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My Hozan spoke threader had a Buy It Now of $50, and it sold for $67. I paid $40 for it on ebay a few years ago.

The worst I have seen is when someone outbids me on an item, and the seller has multiples of them listed as Buy It Now for less. I watched some fool bid $15 for a hat, when the same seller was offering them with BIN for $12, at the same time.
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I think a lot of folks get caught up in trying to win rather than looking at whether they are getting the best deal for what they are buying. It's probably most of the attraction of ebay for a lot of bidders and, quite honestly, it's why I don't bother using ebay anymore unless I can exercise a "buy it now" option.
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You should also never bid until the last day.
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I had about ten LS120 disks I didn't need back when those things were popular(several years ago). A couple of people got in a bidding way and one ended up paying almost a hundred bucks for the stupid things. I figured they would back out but they didn't. I was a happy camper.
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Craigslist is pretty good too. I recently sold a cell phone that was a few months old for about $100 more than I paid for it.
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Don't complain. Just put the shifters in a box and put the money in your pocket.
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Craigslist is pretty good too. I recently sold a cell phone that was a few months old for about $100 more than I paid for it.
That reminds me, I bought a prepaid phone that came with $20 credit as part of the deal. I paid $80 (locally not from eBay). I used it for about a week and decided it was crap so advertised it for sale at work but didn't put a price. Some smarty pants guy came along and said "I can get that exact phone on eBay for $120 so I'm only prepared to pay you $100". No worries buddy, give me the money! I would of sold it for $50 if he'd haggled, just to get rid of the thing.
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That reminds me, I bought a prepaid phone that came with $20 credit as part of the deal. I paid $80 (locally not from eBay). I used it for about a week and decided it was crap so advertised it for sale at work but didn't put a price. Some smarty pants guy came along and said "I can get that exact phone on eBay for $120 so I'm only prepared to pay you $100". No worries buddy, give me the money! I would of sold it for $50 if he'd haggled, just to get rid of the thing.
Yeah, it's interesting how eBay has become the tool for determining an item's market value. I don't know whether it is accurate or not, but your story seems to imply 'not.'
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