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Ebay is just like social media - in the early days it was a free and open place to exchange interesting things... But now it's a place where people love to display their hoards of precious bounty - with no desire to actually sell any of it. But hey - they'd sure love for you to be the sucker!!
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12 thoughts on “Ebay tyrants!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars brewmaster95060 says:

    EBAY golf clubs have doubled in price past 3 years and now I am not buying much.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Doc Nu says:

    Feedback is very important for me. If you have negatives up the wazoo…I'm not buying from you.

    Also… If I'm interested in an item i ask for more photos.. if they say NO… then either A… they don't have it in stock or B.. they are too lazy a seller to deal with.

    Best of luck to all of you on your eBay adventures

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars says:

    "buy now or suggest price" is mostly set on listings of old stuff I am looking for. and when I suggest a (moderate) price for the complete cart, it often works for me. seems I am lucky on our countries ebay site.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Loupy says:

    I like your T-shirt with your Frantone logo, as it looks like a nameplate for a vintage '70's piece of electronic equipment.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! TailSaber says:

    They sound like the "I know what I got" delusional craigslist people, but at a much larger scale

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank says:

    Seems to me, that it doesn't matter what they sell: Electronics, NYC luxury condos, gold, Bitcoin, whatever.
    Everybody wants to be an investor. It's sick.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EEVblog says:

    For the seller it's an extra step in the listing process to enable combined shipping. Although they are likely using third party listing tools so can probably set that gloablly but they chose not to because it ultimately creates a greater return.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keri Szafir says:

    Generating scarcity by buying cheap and then selling for a much higher price. Meh.
    Seeing it in Poland (Allegro, OLX) too. Ha! Even antique sellers at flea markets IRL do that. To think about how much some of them wanted for used, untested tubes… I think they got too much of the "audiophile hype".

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars says:

    skip the ones who don't act as as real sellers. they will learn the hard way, sooner or later.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SomeoneBloodyRandom says:

    Sellers are no longer allowed to give negative feedback on buyers. Scam sellers were using the feedback system as threats to buyers ("We don't ship until you give positive feedback and will give you negative feedback if you complain"). So now sellers can only leave positive feedback or not at all.

    If a buyer doesn't pay, sellers can block a buyer from biding/buying items (and if a buyer does it enough I'm sure eBay would take action in the end) but for a couple of purchases ntohign will happen. Back before ebay sold PayPal, I purchased from a seller who's paypal was busted so I couldn't complete the transaction. Nothing came from it,

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars theelmonk says:

    It's the same with brick & mortar shops – secondhand shops, scrapyards, antique shops etc. They'll look for the best market value and refuse to budge, because they haven't calculated the cost of keeping it unsold forever. Real retailers don't do this : they know when it's worth having a sale and dumping unsold stock. It always amazes me that scrapyards seem to have more security than real metal stockholders.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr. Zarkhov says:

    I think that's a lot of what's going on Fran. 28K listings is a clear red flag you're not dealing with your average seller. Obligation to buy something when you click that button doesn't seem to mean much to a lot of people 🤥 Those buyers are few and far between thankfully. 😁

    OMG Canal Street was awesome! Did you ever shop at Atkinson & Smith in Red Bank?

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