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I'm not talking about the TV show but an ebay item I sold recently: The item was price taged (new) at £1.50 and easily available on the high street for this price (if not lower). However the end pri…
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1d, 6m agoPosted 1 decade, 6 months ago
I'm not talking about the TV show but an ebay item I sold recently: The item was price taged (new) at £1.50 and easily available on the high street for this price (if not lower). However the end price on my auction was £1.00 which saves you 50p admittedly until you add postage and packaging of £2.50 bringing the price to £3.50 , which utlimately more than doubles the shop price...why would one do this?
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1d, 6m agoPosted 1 decade, 6 months ago
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#1
Do you mean why did you sell it?

Or why would someone buy it from you?!?

I believe that some people think that buying things on eBay will always be a bargin, and don't bother to look elsewhere, or maybe don't know about sites like this, or how to price compare.
#2
emmajk42
Do you mean why did you sell it?

Or why would someone buy it from you?!?

I believe that some people think that buying things on eBay will always be a bargin, and don't bother to look elsewhere, or maybe don't know about sites like this, or how to price compare.


also a friend on mine seems to buy all kinds of random poop off of ebay, that you can find cheaper in the shops, but i guess it saves a walk/drive down to town
#3
emmajk42
Do you mean why did you sell it?

Or why would someone buy it from you?!?


What I meant was why would anyone buy at a price that ultimtely means paying MORE than in shops. I don't blame the sellers as they do have postage costs (although many do inflate them of course) but people who buy something WITHOUT adding the cost of postage! I mean if you can buy a certain loaf of bread for 20p why pay a pound (theoretically speaking of course)...
#4
Some ebay purchasers are brain dead when it comes to value and get caught up in the frenzy of a bidding war without realising that they are paying over the odds.

Someone should set up an Ebay addiction clinic as I'm sure its much the same as a gambling addiction with some people.
#5
Might be to save time, money, effort.
Take the one pound item. Takes time to walk into town, time they may not have, or have put a price on. Then there is public transport, or parking which would include fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

Sometimes paying more for an ebay item vs shop price could be cheaper due to periphery costs. Each sale/purchase has to be weighed up.
#6
Some ebay purchasers are brain dead when it comes to value and get caught up in the frenzy of a bidding war without realising that they are paying over the odds.


I usually play the Good Samaritan in this scenario and email the parties involved with link to the cheapest place on the web, I get lots of positive replies!
#7
What makes me laugh is when it comes to concert tickets. A simple look on the likes of TicketMaster and See Tickets shows they are still available. I can almost understand when it's seating tickets, where obviously the better ones go quicker, but when it's standing tickets, people still pay a good few quid over the face value whilst they could have bought them cheaper from the venue/agency!

But I think along with most people that they must think they are getting a bargain, it saves the hassle of going into town etc. However, some people may be hell bent on getting feedback, and be prepared to pay that few squid more just to get another positive!
#8
boydent999
Might be to save time, money, effort.
Take the one pound item. Takes time to walk into town, time they may not have, or have put a price on. Then there is public transport, or parking which would include fuel and vehicle wear and tear.

Sometimes paying more for an ebay item vs shop price could be cheaper due to periphery costs. Each sale/purchase has to be weighed up.


Agreed...but most things we buy are now available at retail websites so you can virtually avoid going to the shops...I rarely do as I hate shopping.

I only buy from ebay as a last resort and if my "low" bids win...a few weeks ago I purchased a new DVI cable for £2 including postage....that was a bargain.
#9
Indeed I also found a cable I needed for my broadband on eBay for a fraction on the price I paid on a retailers site. If only I'd used my brain and looked there first...
#10
If you've ever tried shopping with toddlers in tow, you'd know why some people will pay just to avoid it..
#11
feckoffcup
I usually play the Good Samaritan in this scenario and email the parties involved with link to the cheapest place on the web, I get lots of positive replies!


Then you've been lucky. That's against Ebay's regulations and earns an instant ban.
banned#12
i have recently bought a raleigh 21 speed mountainbike in great condition for 99P!!!!!!!! off ebay
#13
leemarshall
i have recently bought a raleigh 21 speed mountainbike in great condition for 99P!!!!!!!! off ebay

Now that is a bargain
#15
Yes great if you live in Halifax....hope it gives you great pleasure..it should for 99p
1 Like #16
Wow, nice bike, bargain.
X10
banned#17
currychops
Yes great if you live in Halifax....hope it gives you great pleasure..it should for 99p
is great as i do live in halifax :-D
#18
pinkpie
If you've ever tried shopping with toddlers in tow, you'd know why some people will pay just to avoid it..

I have shopped with toddlers in tow, not only have we had three children of our own but my wife was also a child minder so I do understand, but surely young families are the ones who are generally looking to cut costs (generally speaking)...
#19
I agree but then when you add up petrol costs/car park fees/bus fares etc it can work out about the same, plus there's always the added danger of spending more money in real shops with things you didn't go for.......
#20
True enough I suppose ask me when I come out of Sainsburys with a bag of shopping after going in for a loaf of bread...lol
#21
Funny thing I heard was my brother in Law, bought a pair of size 10 caterpiller boots brand new, only to discover that when they arrived they were kid size 10. He was 22 at the time.
#22
I expect that might be a problem then - some difference in sizes...lol
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That sure is a bargin...have you used it yet or is it one of these items that one buys, yet never uses (did you see the daily newspapers yesterday)?

Talking of eBay...I recently advertised a Apple iBook G4 laptop computer which was around 8/9 months old, 1GB memory, standard spec, I looked at other ibooks sold previously and was expecting to get around £350-£75 (Starting price was 99p)

I was astonished to get £555 (including £20 p&p)(next day delivery +£1k insurance).

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