Buying items on eBay

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Cindi, Sep 24, 2006.

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    Cindi Guest

    Cindi, Sep 24, 2006
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    RBM Guest

    I'm a contractor and I use a lot of tools. If you want used tools, go to
    garage sales where you can at least try them before buying them. If you want
    new tools, select a make and model, then search retailers and etailers for
    the lowest price including shipping and tax. On Ebay, I've seen people bid
    for things for more money than they could buy them at reputable retailers.
    On ebay, you pay first, then wait for the seller to be so inclined to send
    the items... or not. When things go horribly wrong, you have practically no
    RBM, Sep 24, 2006
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  3. Just curious, are you somehow related to the seller?

    The saw is brand new. I have to wonder if it is just part of a kit, or if
    it was stolen merchandise from a job site. I'd rather not bid myself. .
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 24, 2006
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    RayV Guest

    RayV, Sep 24, 2006
  5. Unless you are local to where the seller is, and can try out and pick up the
    units (NO advance payment), I wouldn't bid on these at all. Stick to local
    stuff that you can have a look at. See if there's a for your
    I buy a fair amount on ebay, and this seller is not who you do business

    I realize you may actually be spamming for your own ebay ads. If so, you
    need to rethink trying to be an ebay seller.

    bill allemann, Sep 24, 2006
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    hallerb Guest

    try harbor freight for lowest prices around........
    hallerb, Sep 24, 2006
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    zxcvbob Guest

    I decide the maximum I would be willing to spend on an item, then I wait
    until 5 seconds before the auction is over and I bid that amount. (I
    don't want to tip my hand early.) Sometimes I win, sometimes I don't.
    Sometimes I forget to set my alarm clock and the item gets away from me,
    cheap. Sometimes I get outbid by someone who places /their/ maximum bid
    2 seconds before the auction is over; but that's OK because I bid my
    maximum and I don't want to get caught up in a bidding war.

    That's my system, it might not work for you.

    Best regards,
    zxcvbob, Sep 24, 2006
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    Steve B Guest

    I have been ebaying for 5.5 years. I am a PowerSeller, and buy lots of
    stuff, too. 1,605 transactions

    This is what I do.

    1. I prefer to use a snipe service. I use bidnapper. It keeps the price
    from going up early. I set it and forget it. I don't have to sit up and
    watch the auction to be there at 2AM because some moron listed it at 2AM
    while suffering from insomnia.

    2. Before that, I would put in a proxy, but only a couple of minutes before
    the end of the auction, again to keep the price from ratcheting up early. I
    got many items for less than I would have paid if I had sent the proxy in
    early. When you send in a proxy, BID THE ABSOLUTE MOST YOU WILL PAY. If
    you get beat, you get beat, and there will be another along soon. But
    again, you have to physically be at a computer when the item comes off, and
    if you're not, you miss out. Proxying early will just drive up the price
    because mainly clueless newbies will bid and rebid, and don't have a clue
    about late proxies or snipe services. If you proxy early, you will just
    help drive the price up. I once got a mighty fine belt buckle for $6 that
    was worth about $50 new. If I had bid early, the price would surely have
    gone up.

    3. Don't bid over the course of the auction. Take all your action in the
    last minute, whether you proxy, snipe or just send in a bid. Trouble is, if
    you don't proxy or snipe, you get one shot, and even if you'll pay $100 for
    an item and the current price is $20, you can't enter a bid for $100, but
    only $20 plus the bid increment. You won't have time for a second bid.

    4. Always remember there will be another item along like it soon. Set your
    Favorite Searches to notify you by e mail when your item is listed. If you
    just have to have it and have it now, do the high proxy thing.

    5. Do your homework. Go to Completed Items and see what you want has been
    selling for. That will give you a price guideline. No sense paying $40 for
    something that's been selling for $20 for the past month.

    Proxy like you mean it, and proxy late, or you will probably lose or end up
    paying too much.

    Steve B, Sep 24, 2006
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    krw Guest

    That's pretty much my system too. Though if it's something I
    really want and I won't be around I post the amount I want to pay
    earlier. If I don't get the item there is always tomorrow.
    It has for me, though my number of transactions transactions is in
    the high teens. I've been quite happy with the widgets I've bought

    On Topic Alert: About six months ago I bought a Bostitch siding
    nailer on Ebay for $80. I just got around to trying it out
    (couldn't find nails locally); works fine.
    krw, Sep 24, 2006
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    mm Guest

    You're looking at it the wrong way. You have to ask, is it worth
    15.95, because that's what it costs with shipping. 19.95 if you want
    the case.

    I have 3 drills, and I keep on in the original box with several drill
    bits and a center punch and the box is useful. OTOH, the box in the
    pictutre is much bigger than the drill. That means it will hold more,
    but if your place is really crowded, the wasted space inside can be

    From the 15.95 or 1995, you can back out your local 5% sales tax if
    you want a better comparison, but you should also remmeber that if you
    buy at a store, you can return it easily if it doesn't work and even
    if you don't like it when you get it home. Drills are cheap these
    days. Have you looked at a store.

    My cordless drill was good because it was light and no cord when I was
    2 stories up reattaching my gutters, but at ground level, I have more
    than enough extension cords to go anywhere, and I don't find it
    inconvenient to use one. And the AC has endless power, and more power
    thasn a battery drill. So I think corded drills are very good.

    Oh, yeah, yard sales and Pennysaver ads. Although around here, one
    can go months without seeing tools at a yard sale. Just baby clothes.

    At a police auction in Chicago, I once saw someone pay more for a
    bicycle than it cost new.
    mm, Sep 24, 2006
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    mm Guest

    How does bidding early tip your hand? They've thought about that,
    and it only shows from you the minimum incremental bid to surpass the
    previous bidder.
    mm, Sep 24, 2006
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    hallerb Guest

    i see people pay over retail on e bay all the time. my feedback is 150
    the vast majority of buyers and sellers are fine. a few like everything
    are rip offs, and i have been hit too.

    know what your buying, purchase only from hose with good feedback,
    consider shipping costs:( dont expect everything to be a great
    hallerb, Sep 24, 2006
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    zxcvbob Guest

    This doesn't make sense. If there's one minute left and the current
    price is $20, of course you can bid $100. Maybe the current high bidder
    actually bid $75, but the next-to-high bidder was at $19.50. You need
    to bid at least $75.01 to be a contender, you just don't know it because
    the high bidder's maximum stays hidden. Bid $100 and you'll be the high
    bidder at about $76 until another late bidder drives the price up or
    snatches it from you by bidding $100+.

    It's the same proxy system that works early on in the auction.

    There are some auction sites (I think is one of them)
    where any last-minute bid extends the auction for 10 minutes. This
    prevents sniping.

    zxcvbob, Sep 24, 2006
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    Steve B Guest

    Hey, do it whatever way works for you.

    Steve B, Sep 24, 2006
  15. Your saw is one piece out of a five piece set. I've seen the whole set on
    sale in hardware stores for less than $30.00 so I wouldn't bid higher than
    $5.00. After all, there is shipping, finding a compatible battery and a
    charger. The other piece isn't a treasure either in my opinion.

    Bill Kitterman, Sep 25, 2006
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    Kirby Guest

    "Cindi" wrote
    Spamming a NG with your items will get you in trouble.

    For one, you are a liar. No one has bid on this item more than once.
    Another thing is, it hasn't even met reserve, so it's not going to sell
    until it does.

    For sale by the same seller. Quit spamming your items.

    You're posting from Shelton Conn . Items located in Bloomfield Conn.
    Kirby, Sep 25, 2006
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    hallerb Guest

    The best deals result from bidding at LAST moment so as to not drive
    prices up over time.......

    I do this a LOT, and have gotten great deals.

    I bottom shop ;looking for underpriced stuff thats about to sell.
    Occasionally I will just bid whats its worth.

    Working the system is like haggling at a flea market. I enjoy that

    I suspect sometimes sellers use shell accounts to bid stuff up but
    theres o way to prove it
    hallerb, Sep 25, 2006
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    ronnyknight Guest

    You are most likely spamming these things, but if you really want to
    buy them, you DO NOT want to buy them on ebay. Never buy ANY power
    tools or other electrical items on ebay. You will likely get a broken
    piece of junk. I learned this the hard way, buying power tools on
    ebay. Go to your nearest building supply or hardware store and get
    your tools. You will likely pay the same amount or even less by the
    time you pay the outrageous shipping fees they charge on ebay.
    And on ebay, you cant return it when it breaks....
    Ebay is ok for buying books, cds, dvds and trinkets, but NEVER buy
    electrical things.
    ronnyknight, Sep 25, 2006
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    ronnyknight Guest

    It's exactly because of snipe software and or services like this that
    I cancelled my ebay account. I used to bid at the last moment
    (manually). Sometimes I won, other times not. But at least I was
    being honest and fair to others. Sure, it was a battle, myself
    against other bidders, but it was a challenge and it was exciting to
    try to send my bid thru at the last second. Now those of us who do it
    manually have no chance to win, and it's not even fun anymore.
    Obviously software can do the job most accurately and know precisely
    what second to send the bid based on ebay time rather than actual
    time. And for that matter, the prices and shipping on ebay are
    already too high, often higher than retail. So now you are going to
    pay this bidding service yet more money...... NOT !!!!

    Years ago, when ebay first started it was fun. Sort of a giant garage
    sale. Not no more !!!!
    Now its a big ripoff.....
    ronnyknight, Sep 25, 2006
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    ronnyknight Guest

    I once bid on a book that was currently in print and available in any
    bookstore. Not an antique or anything special. I just wanted the
    book, and thought I might get it for half the price of new. The book
    sold for $29 retail, so with sales tax I figured half price would be
    $15 (with S+H). The S+H was $5, so I figured the most I'd bid was
    $10. I actually bid $10.25 just to get the edge over $10.

    When the sale ended, the book sold for $48.50. Add the S+H and this
    idiot paid $53.50 for a USED book he could have bought NEW in any
    bookstore for about $30 with sales tax.

    How can anyone be so stupid?

    ronnyknight, Sep 25, 2006
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