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How many of you use Ebay?(9 posts)

How many of you use Ebay?manicoti
Nov 21, 2003 9:35 AM
This question may have been posted before, but I was wondering because my dad recently showed me the wonderful world of online auctions. I was searching ebay and I found some S.E. SLR saddles for $7. SEVEN DOLLARS!! It said that they have never been used. There was about 4 days to go on the bidding and no one had bid yet. I would love to try an SLR, but at $7, I am very suspicious. Should I be, or should that be something I take a risk on. I have never bought anything on Ebay, so I am wondering if it is worth it to take the time and effort to learn and research and eventually try. Thought?
I do...african
Nov 21, 2003 9:43 AM
I have sold wheels, jerseys, jewelry and more. I have bought jerseys, saddles, helmets and more.

I plan to sell my sailboat on there next year, anyone want a 26ft sailboat?
re: How many of you use Ebay?gtx
Nov 21, 2003 9:43 AM
Do a search on that item, then when the results come up hit "completed items." That will give you an idea of what those have sold for on eBay in the past. Generally, most of the bidding takes place on the last day, even in the last minutes. Unless the item is "hidden" by the seller's spelling mistakes, most stuff goes for decent money. For the most part, eBay is a seller market. I've seen used stuff go for more than you could buy it for new.
7 dollars with 4 days to go. It will sell for a lot more..nmDave Hickey
Nov 21, 2003 9:45 AM
Yeah--prices can soar in the last few hours.Cory
Nov 21, 2003 9:57 AM
I scan it often, but bid only occasionally. Dave's right about the prices, though--it's very common for people to note when an auction ends, then drop in at the last minute to try to get the last bid. I've seen several bike items stay at ridiculously low prices until the last 15 minutes, then go $7-$10-$25-$75-$150 and wind up selling for more than I think they're worth, just because people get caught up in the frenzy. A few months ago a "broken in" (read "used") Brooks B-17 saddle went for $110, I think it was, when you could buy them new online for 60 bucks.
Figure out what you're willing to pay, bid it and wait.dzrider
Nov 21, 2003 9:49 AM
The danger is getting competitive about winning the auction. I've bought a few bikes and shirts and feel that I've done pretty well. I've also "lost" many more auctions than I've "won".
re: How many of you use Ebay?kilimanjaro
Nov 21, 2003 10:34 AM
I have purchased a few things and here and there and here are my observations

1) As many people pointed out the bidding can go up significantly during the last hour/minutes.

2) Watch out for shipping charges. A lot of sellers pad the price by charging what I consider high shipping charge.

3) With 1) and 2) combined I found that you actually get much better prices at the local veloswap, though that only occurs few time a year and the selection is more limited

4) Watch out for scams. I was the winning bidder on a wool jersey a few days back and am still wating for e-mail reply from seller before I send my payment.

5) As others have suspected, check recently completed auctions for similar items to get the idea of the market for the item

6) I live in San Diego and have recently started limiting some items to local sellers.

Good luck and have fun
re: How many of you use Ebay?bikefreax
Nov 21, 2003 10:56 AM
I have bought and sold a lot on ebay. In fact I am getting ready to put my old frame and fork on. The only way to do it is to figure out how high you will pay and put that price in. Do not fall pray to the way of getting outbid and just keep going higher. You will eventually pay more than at a shop. Be wary of shipping charges also. Some people jack up the shipping charges to make up for a small bid amount.
Good luck
Nov 21, 2003 12:18 PM
I sell a lot more than I buy on ebay. Most prices go up in the last 2 minutes. It's fun to watch when you are selling. I've seen auctions go from $50 to $500 in the last 5 minutes.

When I buy I snipe. I figure out how much I am willing to spend. (doing a search of closed auctions gives you a good idea of the going price). Then during the last minute of the auction place the bid with my maximum. This prevents you from getting into a bidding war with someone else that just has to have it and paying more than you intended.

I am not shy about asking sellers with reserves if they will still sell at closing price even though a reserve was not met. Some won't sell, some will sell, and sometimes we meet in the middle.

I've gotten some good deals on ebay. I've only been disappointed a couple of times and it was with small items under $20.