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Old 01-26-2008, 09:34 PM   #43
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Rob, you did a good job being forthcoming about this. Still it's strange how eBay buyers will leap at an item without researching it. That's what Roger's column is all about.
First, let me thank you for the kind words about the column. I do try to point out the more aggregious overbids on eBay but you see them every day if you shop eBay often. Take just one example of an item I have mentioned several times..the sterling silver trailer charm pictured below (with permission from Steve Hintgen). Scarecly a day goes by that someone doesn'y buy one of these charms for at least $5 or even upwards of $20. Vintage Trailer Supply sells them for $3.95 each, every day all day. It's a very nice trinket. I have two of them.
It is hard to place the blame on the eBay sellers when a quick Internet search by the bidder would have located the same item at a lesser price. Caveat emptor!
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:54 AM   #44
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Great sense of humor? The think what makes me laugh is the listing fee this guy has to pay in order to tell his joke. I am currently the high bidder on Rob's auction. I am dadofava1966. I have no problem giving Rob a few dollars towards his goal of getting his Airstream done. I see nothing wrong in helping a brother out, that was the message that was taught to me in church every sunday, "You are your brothers keeper". I just hope fishingonice goes after some real serious offenders of the capitalistic society we live in. How about you take on De Bears and the diamond trade... does he realize what a fake value is placed on diamonds? I bought a sleeve of sand paper(500 sheets) There is about 400 carets worth of diamonds in there... how much is that 3/4 carat ring in the window? I hope you enjoy those Nike shoes you paid well over $70 for, the company that made them was paid $1.50, the person that sewed them made about $.25 for the entire day. How about the gas you put in your tank? Those oil companies are showing profits in the billions per quarter... we could go on and on.
The bottom line is Rob, did nothing wrong. As he pointed out, if only one person bid on it, he would actually loose money. He did nothing to deceive anyone. He is a Naval Academy graduate and operates as an officer and a gentleman in every aspect of his life. No one should be throwing stones, we all live in houses made of glass.
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:12 PM   #45
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Great sense of humor? The think what makes me laugh is the listing fee this guy has to pay in order to tell his joke. I am currently the high bidder on Rob's auction. I am dadofava1966. I have no problem giving Rob a few dollars towards his goal of getting his Airstream done. I see nothing wrong in helping a brother out, that was the message that was taught to me in church every sunday, "You are your brothers keeper". I just hope fishingonice goes after some real serious offenders of the capitalistic society we live in. How about you take on De Bears and the diamond trade... does he realize what a fake value is placed on diamonds? I bought a sleeve of sand paper(500 sheets) There is about 400 carets worth of diamonds in there... how much is that 3/4 carat ring in the window? I hope you enjoy those Nike shoes you paid well over $70 for, the company that made them was paid $1.50, the person that sewed them made about $.25 for the entire day. How about the gas you put in your tank? Those oil companies are showing profits in the billions per quarter... we could go on and on.
The bottom line is Rob, did nothing wrong. As he pointed out, if only one person bid on it, he would actually loose money. He did nothing to deceive anyone. He is a Naval Academy graduate and operates as an officer and a gentleman in every aspect of his life. No one should be throwing stones, we all live in houses made of..........
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:26 PM   #46
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Nice post 62overlander
But the way I read it -while you are protecting "the capitalistic society we live in." for Rob, you decline it for the other ebay poster.
You reserve for yourself the right to do with your money whatever pleases you, but you say it is wrong for the poster to do the same with his own money.
He still has great sense of humor in my book, regardless the fact that I don't hold anything against Rob.
It is free country for everybody after-all.
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:57 AM   #47
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I have found that perspective is everything. How you personally see a situation will always be different than how I see something. Take the Mona Lisa for example.... many see it and think she looks sad, while others think she is grinning. They both have their opinions due to their perspective. This discussion is much like that painting. We approach it with all that baggage we carry inside of us and when we look, well, some of us see a smile and some of us see a frown. What I saw was some folks that thought they were discovering a con. What I saw next was the tar being boiled and feathers being readied. Fortunately, Rob stepped in and diffused the situation. I have read the entire thread twice this morning to clarify my perspective before I wrote this post, I suggest others do too.
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Even now

Even with this thread, and a couple buddies bidding on this kind of as a competition between themselves and wanting to help me out, they were still outbid and the thing still ended up selling for $26. Unbelievable - this is even with FishingOnIce emailing the bidders telling them that you can get it at the link below new for only $16.95 new. Too much!
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:51 PM   #49
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:27 PM   #50
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I guess I don't feel so bad about loosing out to ShirleyDicker Now can someone find me a source for those little cool cigaretter lghter/map lighter thingies that are coming up tomorrow morning for auction ?

Let's face it maybe it's just me but I find scouring Ebay for parts alot more fun than cleaning the mildew out of my Airstream.

Maybe someone here can start an Airstream Ebay Crisis Line for those of us in the middle of a self-destructive buying binge and need a reality check-or not- then what else would we do late at night to keep our Airstream Dreams alive?

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Old 02-12-2008, 12:09 AM   #51
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cigarette lighter/light

mentioning the cigarette lighter/light on ebay...there were a couple of them listed. check them out under boating and they are listed as a chart light/cigarette lighter.
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