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    E-Bay Accessories Lunacy

    Can someone explain this one?

    I have been watching Cateye Astrale computers on E-Bay in search of a deal. Somebody just bought a used Astrale for $26 plus $5 shipping. Not a bad deal, you say? What about when there are brand new ones, in boxes, in the same auction category, for a Buy It Now price of $23.99 plus $6 shipping?

    This obviously makes no sense but it demonstrates what I see on E-Bay all the time -- people either not doing their homework or getting so caught up in "winning" that they pay too much for stuff.

    Me, I'm too cheap to overbid.

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    I normally underbid on something I really don't need and if my some freak chance I get it, I'm good.
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    I always look for buy it now prices first.
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    People always pay to much for stuff on ebay. Its amazing how dumb they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dee-vee
    People always pay to much for stuff on ebay. Its amazing how dumb they are.
    Not always. I've gotten very good deals on ebay.
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    And it just gets worse. Another auction for an Astrale just closed, this time for a used older model, in the old two-button case. This one sold for $27.15 plus about $4 in shipping!!!!

    Who ARE these people?

    This is why I like selling on E-Bay better than buying, although I also have gotten some great deals. I bought shifters and front and rear derailleurs for an MTB for about $28. When I decided I couldn't use them I put them back up for sale, individually -- sold for nearly $80!

    I have to go hunt around in the basement and see what else I can sell.

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    I'm never amazed at how daft people are, after all I deal with dafties all day. I saw a guy pay $140.00 for a clapped out mower worth about $20.00 No research capacity because they don't have two neurones to run a spark over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpedal53
    This is why I like selling on E-Bay better than buying...
    Yep, I bought a Cannondale F600 mtb on sale at my LBS, used it for almost 2 years and sold it on Ebay for 50 bucks more than what I originally paid for....
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    I bid on a new Astrale, I think I put in an initial bid of $10.
    shipping was $10.00 flat rate. needless to say I did not
    enter subsequent bids. I think it finally sold for $23.00 + the $10.00
    shipping. Other Astrales were going from $23.95 with $4.00 shipping
    buy it now.

    Be careful out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpedal53
    And it just gets worse. Another auction for an Astrale just closed, this time for a used older model, in the old two-button case. This one sold for $27.15 plus about $4 in shipping!!!!

    Who ARE these people?
    Just use the word "vintage" and it'll sell for more.
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    I saw a recent Litespeed headbadge sell for more than it sells for from the factory! (ebay) Nobody ever went broke underestimating the stupidity of the public. I dunno if it's true, but it seems to fit the thread...

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    You wanna see crazy bidding....watch Campagnolo pump heads for silca pumps... when a nice one comes around it can catch $50 easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakey
    You wanna see crazy bidding....watch Campagnolo pump heads for silca pumps... when a nice one comes around it can catch $50 easy.
    Ha I got 71 bucks for one complete with lil' blue booties. People actually look for certain items. I got $29 dollars for 3 mint Campy top tube cable guides. Vintage Campy is getting rare, especially in good condition.

    It's capitalism at it's best. I'm sorry I'm out of stuff at this time. I have a friend the made 60K on E-Bay last year, that's 60K profit. Selling various tools he bought at yard sales.

    Lunacy? No for me!!! Profity for me!!!

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    Yep, I always over-research everything I'm looking at on eBay. Usually I can get a better deal at a regualr online store, and often the LBS is selling for less too!

    Take for instance, the Road Morph. I have yet to find one on sale on eBay that will beat a LBS price, once you factor in shipping and duty. Maybe I just have to type "road morph" incorrectly in the hopes of finding one that got away...

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    Now I feel guilty about all those campy pump heads I used as pipes.

    Well, not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim-bob
    Now I feel guilty about all those campy pump heads I used as pipes.

    Well, not really.
    You're not allowed to bring something like that up unless you're willing to share!!
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