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Old 04-05-05, 08:26 PM   #1
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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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Old 04-05-05, 08:30 PM   #2
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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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Old 04-05-05, 08:36 PM   #3
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I always look for buy it now prices first.
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People always pay to much for stuff on ebay. Its amazing how dumb they are.
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Old 04-05-05, 08:45 PM   #5
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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.
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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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Old 04-05-05, 11:10 PM   #8
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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.

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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?
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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Old 04-06-05, 08:22 PM   #12
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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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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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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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