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robgul

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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #100 on: 02 April, 2022, 02:43:52 pm »
But on eBay, the serious buyers only bid in the last 10 seconds. eBay is basically a one-week advertising service with an blink-and-you'll-miss-it sealed bid auction at the end.

Yes - and I'm an Auction Sniper afficionado - but my comment is still valid in terms of bids vs the reserve for those that do bid during the whole auction window.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #101 on: 25 April, 2022, 10:00:31 am »
I ordered a 2nd hand book via Ebay.  2 weeks after the promised delivery date it hadn't turned up.  Checking their feedback they are actually based in the US, and there are lots of complaints from UK customers.    I asked Ebay for a refund, which was credited to my account 2 weeks ago. 


The book has just arrived....
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barakta

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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #102 on: 25 April, 2022, 09:39:42 pm »
Serves them right for being dishonest about their location. I'd just keep quiet about it and see if they moan. If they don't moan, then donate to charity instead.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #103 on: 10 May, 2022, 05:34:25 pm »
Re reserve price vs high starting price

It used to be that a high starting price had a higher seller's fee compared with a low starting price. But that was scapped years ago.

A reserve price has the same advantage as a low starting price, the low price attract views of your auction. But if the item is uncommon and valuable (to a limited number of people), you're protected against selling at a low price if not many potential buyers are looking at your auction.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #104 on: 10 May, 2022, 05:59:19 pm »
But there are extra fees to set a reserve price, even if it doesn't sell.

Yes, a low price attracts more views, but does it attract more bidders?
If I see something with a reserve, I'm less likely to bother bidding on it. Seems more worthwhile just bidding on a higher priced item, where I know it will sell.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #105 on: 11 May, 2022, 07:25:58 am »
People just probe to find out what the reserve is, then retract their last bid.  There are no sanctions for retracting bids, whatever eBay pretends.
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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #106 on: 22 May, 2022, 03:33:50 pm »
But there are extra fees to set a reserve price, even if it doesn't sell.

Yes, a low price attracts more views, but does it attract more bidders?
If I see something with a reserve, I'm less likely to bother bidding on it. Seems more worthwhile just bidding on a higher priced item, where I know it will sell.

I think a low starting price, eg £1, usually ends up with a higher selling price than a high starting price (near the going rate). The latter gets far fewer views and bids and if it sells at all, it doesn't go for much more the starting price.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #107 on: 05 June, 2022, 07:58:04 am »
Had a message from some idiot asking if I can post a chainsaw to Wick, KW1 (MUST BE COLLECTED in capital letters in the listing, local collection as the only delivery option).

His username: pothead81, message sent at 3am.
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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #108 on: 05 June, 2022, 10:16:11 am »
But there are extra fees to set a reserve price, even if it doesn't sell.

Yes, a low price attracts more views, but does it attract more bidders?
If I see something with a reserve, I'm less likely to bother bidding on it. Seems more worthwhile just bidding on a higher priced item, where I know it will sell.

I think a low starting price, eg £1, usually ends up with a higher selling price than a high starting price (near the going rate). The latter gets far fewer views and bids and if it sells at all, it doesn't go for much more the starting price.

I sold my Brompton last week. Starting price £500. That seemed to get it on hundreds of watch lists. Also, within minutes of posting, some joker offers to come and collect today and pay cash.  ::-)

I put it up for the default 7 days, and for six of those it only got a couple of bids. Plus a lot of requests to send to various countries in the Far East. In the last few minutes it was bid up to £871, and went to a bloke in London who ships Bromptons to the Far East.
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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #109 on: 14 June, 2022, 08:30:02 pm »
Why on earth do people have a bidding frenzy on something a full 1-2 days before the close ???  I always just snipe at the end, but some on fleabay are just having the effect of pushing the price up for 'no reason'.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #110 on: 14 June, 2022, 08:33:34 pm »
Because it amuses me.
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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #111 on: 14 June, 2022, 09:52:34 pm »
“Royal Mail” tracking numbers that are nothing of the sort.
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ElyDave

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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #112 on: 15 June, 2022, 03:28:11 pm »
Bought a bag, after asking questions about bag.

Turns up today, fondling of package smells fishy. Open package, wrong (and cheaper) bag, which cannot really be confused with the ordered bag.

Message sent, quite a quick response "Oh, please send a pic, we had a new girl in that day who packed your order". Waiting with baited breath. 
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #113 on: 16 June, 2022, 06:38:23 pm »
Bought a bag, after asking questions about bag.

Turns up today, fondling of package smells fishy. Open package, wrong (and cheaper) bag, which cannot really be confused with the ordered bag.

Message sent, quite a quick response "Oh, please send a pic, we had a new girl in that day who packed your order". Waiting with baited breath.

ISWYDT  ;D
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that's not science, it's semantics.

ElyDave

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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #114 on: 17 June, 2022, 12:36:55 pm »
Well, that went better than expected  :)

New one in the post, to be here tomorrow (allegedly), start a refund and send the order one back, they'll refund me and I get a bag for free, less postage.for the inconvenience.  Let's wait and see how it pans out in reality.

EDIT in reality it went very well, old bag sent back, new bag arrived, refunded. Let's hope they don't let the new girl off the reins too much, for the sake of their profits
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #115 on: 08 July, 2022, 09:55:16 am »
Anyone good at analysing bidding? 1+ day to end.  In italics = automatic bidding.  This is something I was following, giving up now...  :-\

bidding... by a oxon, on Flickr
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.   EO Wilson

eBay rant
« Reply #116 on: 08 July, 2022, 07:22:17 pm »
Used to be an auction site, either Yahoo Auctions or QXL can’t recall which, that would add time to the end of an auction if there was a bid in the last couple of minutes.

I’ve always wondered why eBay don’t use that? Possible that rushed last second bids generate higher selling prices?

I only ever sell when they do deals on reduced fees and don’t relist if It doesn’t sell first time round. They go up elsewhere in those cases.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #117 on: 08 July, 2022, 08:06:37 pm »
Anyone good at analysing bidding? 1+ day to end.  In italics = automatic bidding.  This is something I was following, giving up now...  :-\

bidding... by a oxon, on Flickr

Straightforward.

5*5 bid around the minimum in the hope no-one else was interested.
t*6 bid £45 or more (almost certainly more) and was given the price £1 above 5*5's bid
t*0 put in a number of bids, each time was under t*6's maximum, kept trying, then gave up at £44.
Quote from: tiermat
that's not science, it's semantics.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #118 on: 20 July, 2022, 10:36:54 am »
A current fault means "description" is not visible for many listings.  SNAD claims could be interesting.
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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #119 on: 02 August, 2022, 07:59:45 am »
Message from J. Random Clueless asking if they can buy an auction item rather than bid.

The item currently has no bids but "Best Offer" is available  :facepalm:
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