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Re: UNBELIEVABLE prices on eBay!!

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Brad Gyde

12-18-2012 19:18:03

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I'd just like to say as a eBay seller (although not to the point of some sellers) I'm honest about the things I sell..
My description usually says a lot more than like items.. I start most my parts at 9.99, and if it gets only one bid then so be it.. I don't buy tractors, snowmobiles, etc. to part out.. I buy stuff for parts I need, then decide if I should sell the remainder whole, or part out in a attempt to make back some of the money I spent. I usually offer the no-sale items a second time (sometimes dropping the price), then they go in the scrap can.. I used to save EVERYTHING.. but then you end up with so much junk it's unreal.. I personally can't afford "shill bidders".. Pay the commission on the parts I "stick to myself" more than once or twice and I'm busted.. But, I'd like to think I got my good feedback by trying to be a honest seller.
I really think eBay "helps" the shill bidder situation by not allowing anyone but the seller see who the bidder is (If the same person bids on EVERYTHING someone sells, that would throw the red flag). They say they protect the bidders identity so that there is no "grudge bidding" (IE, I "ran" you up, now you get mad and run up everything I bid on to fix me)
I simply start the item at the price I NEED out of it, or in the case of the snowmobile I have listed now, I place a reserve and let it go..
The new or close to new bidders make me, as a seller, nervous too.. I've been stuck a few times by a non paying bidder that was "new".. Then when I relist the item I get stuck on, it makes me look like I was using shills..
I don't understand though why some people will not bid on things with a reserve, however, I do know some people put crazy reserves on stuff.. Heck, I've probably even been guilty of a crazy reserve myself in some folks eyes.
Anyhow.. I'm done now..

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Cliff Nelson

12-19-2012 10:15:02

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 Re: UNBELIEVABLE prices on eBay!! in reply to Brad Gyde, 12-18-2012 19:18:03  
What gets me as a buyer is a reserve auction with little interest in the item. I may be willing to pay the reserve but unless a second bidder will also bid the reserve, my bid stays at the lower price and it is a no sale.

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