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Old 07-08-2006, 12:35 AM   #41  
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More money than sense, as my Mum used to say. I buy things on Ebay as well, but always set myself a limit and only bid once right at the end. That way I'm not pushing up the price.
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:36 AM   #42  
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I haven't read all the posts in this thread, but is it possible that the bidder (or bidders) is from another country where they don't have access to SU! products? Is it true that demonstrators can't sell to people in foreign countries?[IMG]//www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/images/icons/icon5.gif[/IMG]
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:38 AM   #43  
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I just saw a double rectangle punch ($4.95 in the catalog) go for 6.99 plus 3.95 shipping.
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:55 AM   #44  
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I have purchased many items on ebay and I do believe that the buyer should take responsibility for how much they spend. I know that when I decide to purchase something I make the decision on what I am willing to pay. This isn't the seller's choice it is mine. I don't know, I just get so tired of people who are not willing to take ownership of their choices.
I TOTALLY AGREE and if the buyer really wanted to research - the catty is online now.
IMHO I do not think that 3rd parties should get involved even if the auction has ended.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:12 AM   #45  
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I must be one of those noobs too...LOL...I absolutely fell in love with a retired set called Garden Snowmen...couldnt find it anywhere....including eBay...when I finally did spot it on eBay I used the proxy bidding and set my maximum the first day and left it....was outbid at the last minute...found item again...proxy bid again and got the set for less than what I would have paid in the first auction...L..I paid about 22.00 for this set which I thought was more than reasonable...was willing to go a lot higher if necessary but I got lucky.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:46 AM   #46  
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The bay seems to be a touchy subject. I've bought and sold on e-bay. I've never gotten the prices some of the people do. I'm just looking to get rid of retireds so I can make money for new merchandise.
I agree with the ones who get frustrated when people sell current, or "rare", "hard to find" and all you have to do is look and ask (on here) and you can usually get a great deal. The only 2 sets I got off the bay that I couldn't get ANYWHERE were Tractor time and For the love of chocolate. I ended up selling both of them recently because of medical bills. (Maybe I shouldn't have gotten them in the first place. )
Unfortunately there are greedy dishonest people in the world. I don't think I could ever cheat (my opinion) someone. Getting $50.00 or more for a $19.95 set is not what I try to do. We all have to answer for our actions someday.
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:28 AM   #47  
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I TOTALLY AGREE and if the buyer really wanted to research - the catty is online now.
IMHO I do not think that 3rd parties should get involved even if the auction has ended.
I'm not going to apologize for contacting her, and I see others here did as well. Obviously you've never been burned by eBay so please don't judge me for trying to help someone out.
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But I don't see how anyone can say the buyer was ripped off?? It was an auction, goes to the highest bidder. As long as the person selling it wasn't a demo, she wasn't breaking any rules. She didn't try to coerce(sp?) anyone into paying 4x as much for it. The only way sellers have control is if they set minimums, and even then they can't force someone to buy it. Just me, but I think they seller is innocent of any wrong doing. The people bidding are the ones who decided what it was worth to them to win it. Kinda silly to pay that much IMO, especially for current in the catalog products, but again, the seller had no control of that.
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Ooops, didn't notice that the word retired was in the auction. That IS taking advantage, and I definately agree that people shouldn't be doing that.
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I cannot imagine why anyone would object to someone bidding each time just a bit more than the needed amount. Perhaps these people have a lot of time on their hands and this is their entertainment? I don't think it breaks any rules to bid that way. Personally, I have put in maximum bids and then felt that some shill bidder bumped my bid up to the max. A couple of times there were other identical items but the other bidder just kept bidding that one item up. I think people have other user names, or have a friend bid like that to get the item to legitimate bidders maximum. Lately, I have just bid a bit more than the current bid and then checked back. I have been more satisfied with the results. In any case, it sure doesn't matter to me when or how others bid. The bottom line is the last few minutes, that is for sure.
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You're right -- it isn't anyone else's business how or why someone bids the way s/he does. I have a way of bidding that works for me, and you have a way that works for you! As long as we get what we want at a price we're willing to pay, there's no harm done. People have lots of reasons for spending what I may think is a ridiculous sum for something, and it's presumptuous for me to think I know what's best for them.

One of my brothers is an experienced eBayer and *loves* the whole bidding process -- so he routinely gets into bidding wars, and for him it's all part of the fun! For me, getting what I want at the best price I can is the 'thrill'. There's room for everybody, and that's the beauty of eBay. Do people get ripped-off somethimes? Sure -- there are unscrupulous sellers out there, just as there are deadbeat buyers. After awhile, you learn how to protect yourself as much as possible -- it's a learning process, like anything else. I have a bit of a problem with people who blame eBay (or the auction format in general) for their buying woes -- it's Caveat Emptor out there, folks -- but that's just me.

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