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eBay / Human Nature / RantEl Kabong
Feb 13, 2003 12:46 PM
What's with people, anyway? I was looking at a fairly nice carbon fork, at a pretty decent price, and now some bozo has it bid up to within $6 of what you could get it for mail order, with a warranty. Are people stupid, or what? It sure is a seller's world.

El K.
Yeah, I used to get all worked up over it and sometimeschopper
Feb 13, 2003 12:59 PM
I even emailed the people who bid over what you could get it for on-line with a link and a few choice words, but I did what anyone one would do and just starting selling stuff instead. Funny thing is I was bidding on a Colnago carbon fork the other day but it went way too high - $30 less than what I could get it for on-line and with a warranty and some more protection.
buy retail......sell on e bay.......nmafrican
Feb 13, 2003 1:11 PM
Hit and Miss...IRIE
Feb 13, 2003 1:22 PM
I bid and lost on a Psylo fork last week that ended up going for well above it's value. However, I bid on some Look 396 pedals the same day and ended up getting them for 67.00. They where brand new and still in box, they retail for $199.00.
Its gotten betterKristin
Feb 13, 2003 1:38 PM
It used to be that you could ALWAYS find it cheaper elsewhere. People in EBay seemed to be clueless about the value of a product...or the sellers were purposely raising the bid (something that's EBays goes to great lengths to control now). But it is better than it used to be. I just picked up a Tekram PCI SCSI card for $19.95 w/shipping.
re: eBay / Human Nature / Rantsacheson
Feb 13, 2003 3:46 PM
I used to work with this guy, he and his wife were the type that could be successful regardless of what 'cards they had stacked against them'. With no formal college education, he'd worked himself to a rather high paying consultant position in my company. After receiving a couple of ample salary increases, he and his wife moved to an upscale part of town, and she became a stay at home mom. She got bored during the day and started a little side business of her own. She would frequent garage sales in this and surrounding neighborhoods and shop for children's / infant clothing. She'd pick up Ralph Lauren, Hilfiger, Gap, etc. yuppie clothing for pennies on the dollar and sell it on EBay. Her first year of doing this, she made in excess of $20,000 profit on these clothes (yeah, she was buying a lot). She'd laugh about these people that would get in bidding wars for clothing and spend more money on her used clothing than they could get in the stores. I was pretty impressed.

Anyway, that's my story of how dumb people are and how EBay is a perfect tool to exploit their stupidity.
EBay buyers are sometimes stupidAlexx
Feb 13, 2003 5:07 PM
I used to see the same few people bidding on bikes during a time when I was looking for one specific kind of bike (In this case, it was my C'Dale tourer, 24" frame). Some moron seemed to be cornering the market on 24" frame touring bikes, always bidding up to even amounts of $100. Lost on bidding for a nice Univaga against him-he paid $650 for the d@mn thing!
I saw a nice old C'Dale, worth maybe $350, and he bid against me. So I kept schilling him upwards. He ended up eating the thing for $675. I bid $290 on a similar bike 3 days later-guess I ate up all his money? He never bid on it. I hope he still rides those bikes, too......
re: eBay / Human Nature / Rantrogue_CT1
Feb 13, 2003 6:15 PM
When I was bidding on my HRM I noticed that several idiots would actually place bids higher than the "Buy It Now" option from the same retailer on a different auction. It was like they became obsessed with winning that particular auction and never looked to see that there were 15 others for the same item.
lesson: sell on ebaytarwheel
Feb 14, 2003 5:11 AM
Hey, make it work in your favor and sell stuff you don't need on ebay. I've actually gotten some good deals on stuff over ebay, but you have to be disciplined. Set a price beforehand that you are willing to pay, and forget about it if the bidding goes to high. Another trick is to wait until the last minute to submit your bid (sniping). In many cases, however, you are better off buying stuff retail for the warranty protection. It seems to be easier finding good deals on auctions that end on weekdays rather than on the evenings on weekends, when most people are home.
agreed - good example is GearLinklonefrontranger
Feb 14, 2003 10:31 AM
Friday boredom killer:

Open 2 browser windows, one to Excel Sports Boulder's Road-Components page, another to an Ebay search on all of Gearlink's listed cycling bits auctions. Browse to bring up the same components in each window. Compare Excel stock retail prices to GearLink starting bid. Add shipping. Laugh hysterically. Repeat.