Originally Posted by azflycaster
Now that is a funny ad! The seller tells you that he paid $16.95 for the lamp he is selling with a starting bid of $99. He also includes a link to the store he bought it from.
He does state that he needs the money to restore his trailer.
You have to wonder if someone will bid on it.
I would say it's someone from here that isn't happy with Rob's entrepreneurial endevors. It's obviously a side jab at his listing. Come on guys if you want to take a jab cowboy up and be ready to take it in return
fishingonice's recent purchases:
Using Rob's ad as an example, let me state how I feel about similiar ads. As a buyer, I see ads and think "what a rat" when I see an ad for something I know the seller purchased for $16.95 and are listing it with an opening bid of say $50. That is clearly not the case with Rob's ad. He's listed for what he paid for it. If someone wants to pay what they bid - so be it. Here's the other half of what I think about ads like this - I think "what an idiot
" when I see someone actually pay those prices. It becomes obvious that they haven't done their research. Caveat Emptor
Personally, when I see something I want/need, I run it thru every search engine I can to see where I can get it cheaper. I know if it's new on eBay, then they are buying it somewhere for a better price. Sometimes I find it elsewhere (their supplier) sometimes not. If I really want/need it and have to buy it from them, I know they are making money on me, and I make that informed decision to purchase. If their price is to high, I don't buy.
I used to sell on eBay all the time - made some good money doing so. I started selling on eBay about 6-7 years ago, simply getting rid of stuff I no longer wanted/needed. Then I expanded. Some items I sold were special deals I had procured that buyers couldn't get elsewhere, some items were things I had found that I knew would sell, (or saw someone else selling and undercut their exorbiant, overpriced listings
) I slowly dwindled to not selling simply because I didn't have the time to invest.
I think as buyers, we're quick to say "what a rat" when the price is higher than what we want to pay or think it's worth, (and there are some definite rats out there)
but the reality is, it's worth whatever the buyer chooses to pay in that venue.
I think that a certains vendor's (no names)
prices are way too high, but I have bought from him (I think?) when that was my only option. Either that or I found another option and bought or made it. However, that vendor stays in business because there are enough people who disagree with me on what I feel is a fair price - or it was also their only option.
It's a Free market