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would you pay $175 for a pair of used shimano RSX STis(12 posts)

would you pay $175 for a pair of used shimano RSX STispukka
Jul 12, 2002 10:53 AM
some guy sent me an email bitching that i ended an ebay auction early to the highest bidder who paid $125 anyway,said he was holding out to pay $175,i was more than happy with what i got ,is this bad protocol to end the auction early?
I paid $189 for new Dura Ace STI's...........nmDave Hickey
Jul 12, 2002 10:58 AM
Some people are just crazy.Spoke Wrench
Jul 12, 2002 11:09 AM
They make utterly insane demands, then they think that willingness overpay somehow makes it sane.
no, it is just stoopid ;)filtersweep
Jul 12, 2002 11:12 AM
It isn't bad protocol to end early, but it is a bit rude, and you can easily miss the extra money that crazy people are willing to pay. With ebay, the guy could have bid $175, and ebay would automatically bid for him up to that point, like they always do... I think he was YANKING your chain.
no, it is just stoopid ;)270bullet
Jul 13, 2002 10:53 AM
Agree, I sold an 1985 Cinelli 1R stem on eBay. first four days only got a couple of bids. The last day, the winner paid $55.00. I didn't expect to get much more than $10. Let the auction run to it's conclusion. You may be suprised - or not.
It's bad formCJMeredith
Jul 12, 2002 11:53 AM
I recently ended a couple of auctions early on eBay and received so many emails from disgruntled people that I've vowed never to do it again. In both cases I got offers that I couldn't refuse from bidders who wanted the items immediately. I'm pretty sure that I didn't lose money because they offered the most that I could have reasonably expected to have receive based on the final bid prices of similar items (you can always check this in the "completed items" category). However, it's just not nice. There are a lot of people (myself included) who bookmark items and then bid in the closing minutes. Most people who regularly buy on eBay operate this way and expect items to still be there when they come back to bid in the final minutes. I don't mind being outbid, but it would piss me off if somebody ended the auction for an item that I wanted because somebody offered them money through the backdoor. Not to mention, you're screwing eBay out of their final bid fee.

The bottom line is that I think it's bad form because you're doing a disservice to other bidders, eBay, and maybe even yourself (because you never know how high somebody may bid). That's particularly true of bike items because used bike components routinely go for crazy amounts of money. For example, I used a derailleur for a year, sold it, and only lost $5 - that's nuts.
It's bad formpukka
Jul 12, 2002 12:09 PM
yeah i feel kind of bad, but had several request to do this and the item was at$101 and i would of been happy with $50 ,some guy said he wanted them right away and i thought f@#$k it,but this guys email was pretty snarly,yeah i'm sure i lost out $$ he got them for $125, but hey i saved the other dude wasting his money ,$175 for 7 speed STIs is insane anyway,i geuss i'll let them wait till it ends in the future
you snooze you losemr_spin
Jul 12, 2002 12:34 PM
It is bad form, that's for sure. But anyone who complains has no one to blame but themselves. The best way to win any auction is TO PLACE A BID!!! So many people wait until the last second to bid and lose. If you really want the item badly, bid on it and specify your maximum. Ebay takes care of the rest, and everyone is happy.
In a perfect world maybeCJMeredith
Jul 12, 2002 11:29 PM
Unfortunately, human nature - as it applies to eBay - doesn't make that an effective strategy. If all of us bid only once and listed the highest price we were willing to pay, then eBay would be a very simple place. However, on virtually any item that receives more than five bids there are going to be people who rack up a string of bids. If you don't mind paying the going rate for an item, then bid as much as you're willing to pay and let the proxy bidding system do the rest (and you MIGHT win the auction). However, the only way to get a good deal is to "snipe." You still place the same bid that you would have entered three days out, but you do it close enough to the close that the muti-bidders never get a chance to come back with a higher bid. People get strange on eBay - graduate level psychology papers have been written about the bizzare behavior that people exhibit there. Common sense simply doesn't apply.

I hate the necessity of sniping, but having built two bikes off of eBay now, I've gotten pretty good at it and know that I get better deals by doing it.
Do you feel uncomfortable ifelviento
Jul 12, 2002 12:51 PM
... if someone is obviously paying too much for your item?

Some of the reasons I can think of are,

1. He is just stupid and doesn't know how to handle money,

2. He is mislead by some friends or a LBS, and thinks it's a very rare item, while Nashbar has it on sale at 1/3 the price,

3. It's indeed a rare item, like a front der from 25 years ago, but it's still a piece of junk nevertheless,

4. He is very rich and doesn't care.

I remember seeing a website summarizing some outrageous auctions where 30 year old bike parts are sold at thousands of dollars... Another time, one guy told his friend that very high end bike tires cost up to $500 a pair. Both of them are VERY rich, and the one give advice apparently thought Ultegra was higher end than Dura Ace.

yeah,a littlepukka
Jul 12, 2002 12:55 PM
they are in really good condition but when it got to $100 i started thinking 'have i mislead them somehow and re read my descrition
and i bought some 9speed tiagras for $50 from someone here(nm)pukka
Jul 12, 2002 12:57 PM