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Forum topic by Chelios posted 05-10-2011 02:58 AM 3822 views 0 times favorited 73 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2011 02:58 AM

Seems to me there are some bidders that are so insistent on driving the price of the items up only to let them go at the last minute. I wonder if some people do that just to get a kick out of it. By the way I am a great ebay bidder…I want to win, but that rush gets expensive!

BTW – I am hoping to score a nice stanley 5 1/2 C. Anyone care to share how much you payed for a plane like this?

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 06:19 AM

Ebay can be a pain at times. I don’t like to get in bidding wars with people because that will send the price up for more then what it would usually go for.

I don’t have a 5 1/2 but I have seen a lot of them sell on ebay and from what I remember they usually sell for between 50 and 60 dollars.

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 06:33 AM

I think the days of finding really good deals on Ebay have passed. People bid on used items until the price is that of a new one and often new items can be found cheaper elsewhere if you shop around. I don’t really have any experience with older stuff such as what you are looking at but I suspect there are just too many buyers and unscrupulous sellers that will not allow the item to go cheap by bidding on it themselves. Now there is even third party bidding software that will enter bids at the last second which can be a pain as well.

Just my 2 cents… Which I won’t be spending on Ebay :)

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 06:52 AM

Ebay can be a pain, but there are good aspects as well:

There is a huge selection of new and use items in nearly every category.
The selection changes over time faster than Wt or Tt or Ss.
You know the behavior and successfulness of the seller (rating from buyers and number of transactions).
Sending and receiving payment is very secure with Paypal.
Bidding is not even necessary. If you see something you want, buy it now from the top rated sellers that are in North America.
When you do bid, make one bid for the most you would happily pay for the item. Don’t watch it at the end and get caught in any of that crap. If you get beat, smile knowing that a fool has parted with his money (and not you).

I’m a 376 with 100% (buying and selling). I have never ripped anyone off and have never been ripped off in all these years. The few issues were resolved (I sold an amplifier that was DOA, i refunded the money as soon as I got return shipping confirmation). I have bought and sold guitars for thousands of dollars, cars and trucks, even bought a 160 year old solid mahogany square grand piano.

I just got a Craftsman belt/disk sander for less than 1/2 price (new) and a band saw for about half price (2 years old in pristine condition).

I like eBay. Isn’t Capitalism grand ?

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 10:24 AM

If you don’t want to bid up the price of an item, don’t place any bids until the last minute of the auction. Then bid the maximum amount you are willing to spend. It’s a winning strategy.

Bidding early and raising the current bid by a small amount early on only invites another to counter bid, which you then re-raise, and he-re-re-raises and the bidding war is on. Just don’t do it.

Snipe on.

A very satisfied e-bay shopper.

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 11:13 AM

There never seems to be any rhyme nor reason for the bids on Ebay. Last night I watched a new Lionel train that had low shipping, and was sold by a good seller, go pretty cheap with only 4 bids….tonight there’s a used one just like it with higher shipping that’s already at a higher price and has 11 bids….go figure.

I think I paid $50-$60 for my Record 05-1/2…..absolutely love that size BTW. Good luck!

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 11:53 AM

There are too many power sellers or big stores seliing items now. So you really have to search for the deals on EBay.

I use Esnipe all the time on Ebay. It doesn’t cost much at all and it bids when there is only 5 seconds left. You just put in your max and it does it for you. You only pay what ever it takes to win not your max. It will notify you if you won or lost you pay nothing if you lose. Iit will also tell you if the item bidding has past your max befrore it ends as well.

For example I bought some hockey tickets for 112.00 dolllars. I paid Esnipe a 1.12 the max you ever would have to pay is 15.00 for a 1500.00 item, its capped there.

If you have any questions let me know you will love it.

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 12:51 PM

I’ve been doing it like David LaBolle said for years now. I even have a program that will place my bid 3 seconds before the auction closes.

That’s how I buy a lot of my wood. I figure out what I’m willing to pay per board foot and add the shipping to it, and set my program to bid on it for me. I don’t win most of them but when I do I get what I want usually even cheaper.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 05-10-2011 01:42 PM

Gary, is your program the same as eSnipe?

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#9 posted 05-10-2011 02:02 PM

Alas, this is a bad time to buy a 5 1/2. Someone must have written an article about one. I got one for $50 about 2 years ago and one this year for $120.

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#10 posted 05-10-2011 02:05 PM

SSMDad – I use Auction Sentry. Software needs to be kept up to date and a lot of companies stop supporting their software. I have been using it since 2006 and they keep updating it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-10-2011 02:06 PM

Great, Gary! Thanks for sharing that. I didn’t have a clue to what people used.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#12 posted 05-10-2011 02:39 PM

I make a living on ebay. I’ve sold many thousands of items. And there are two things I’ve learned.

1. The seller is always considered a cheat, regardless of his reputation. If a customer wants to rip you off, they feel justified simply because you are an “ebay seller” so you must be a cheat yourself.

2. The lack of face to face contact turns honest people into lying, vengeful jerks.

You wouldn’t believe the experiences I’ve had. Old ladies have ripped me off for huge sums of money. People who consider themselves upstanding citizens have turned into raving lunatics out to kill you to save themselves three or four bucks. Everyone says there are a lot of dishonest sellers. Well, let me tell you, I’ve come across FAR more dishonest, rude, selfish and downright nasty buyers.

The stories I could tell…

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#13 posted 05-10-2011 04:39 PM

Gary, I will have to ck that out I have used Esnipe for yrs and love it. What is there fee? I’ll Look at the internet and see what they offer. Thx for the heads up. Have you ever used ESnipe?

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#14 posted 05-10-2011 05:03 PM

I haven’t bought anything on ebay for at least 3 years…. It’s just too much of a pain…

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#15 posted 05-10-2011 05:36 PM

I won a Clearvue cyclone, like new condition for $500.00 and a Wilton wood vise for $20.00. I’ve been pretty lucky on ebay, but there are the times when I’m out bid at the last minute. I feel that if you are really interested in an item you’ll watch the bidding and jump in instead of using some software to grab it at the last second. That takes the fun out of auctions. My opinion

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