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Old 05-05-2003, 02:30 PM   #1
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Ebay: A fad or a paradigm shift?

Over 100 hits for Airstream on ebay. Ranging from A/S magazine articles to actual campers.

Advantages: Some pretty hard to find stuff.

Disadvantages: You don't know the condition and have to rely solely on the credibility of the seller and photos, which may not show much.
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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A face to face sale relies on some of the same things. With out the feedback of previous transactions by the Seller/buyer.

Generating a negative/positive feedback says something too.

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Old 05-05-2003, 03:40 PM   #3
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I think it's pretty much here to stay. As a matter of fact, there are a bunch of EBay type knockoffs around as well.

I am very skeptical about using eBay, but I have bought one or two items from there. Like anything, the greater the reward (in this case ususally a lower price) the greater the risk.

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Old 05-05-2003, 03:42 PM   #4
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paradigm shift

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The whole world is on a "paradigm shift" due to the internet..lmao
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Old 05-05-2003, 03:44 PM   #5
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I have had both good and bad experiences with e-bay. Most have been good, but I tend to do my homework before bidding.

I understand it is a "true" auction and not wal-mart. Some of the feed back I have read that was negative in nature make me think some people have no clue what they are doing when it comes to an auction. There are many hard to find parts, as well as some deals to be had. The best thing to do is to keep a level head and not let your emotions get you in a bidding frenzy.

I think it will be a valid resource for a long time, and I for one like having the ability to find what I need almost every time.

I do not think buying anything that is as complicated as a car, rv, or the like without an in person inspection can get you burned. Pictures can and do hide a multitude of sins. But that is my opinion, others feel comfortable doing so and that is great. I would want to "kick the tires" before bidding.

Just my .02 worth
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I LOVE ebay!

If you are an estate sale, thrift shop buyer...it's GREAT! What better way to check out stuff from all over the country (world for that matter) without giving up your Saturday mornings getting in & out of your car only to go home empty handed?!

Having been both a buyer & seller since 1998 I have cleaned out my basement, turned over estate sale finds & found "impossible to find" items for our trailer (term cap ). The key is in knowing what you are buying or selling and what a fair price is for that item....and then, as thenewkid64 said, don't get in a bidding frenzy. Also, feedback is a reliable indicator of the trustworthiness of the individuals involed.

Buyer beware...ask questions & for additional photos or information, if the seller is not willing or able to accomodate your request, walk away. Generally, ebay folks are pretty honest, but there are always a few bad seeds.

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I think Ebay is here to say. It's a good tool for checking out value. I have sold tons of "stuff" on the site. As I always place my phone number in my ad and tell the people to call me if you have any questions. Good luck on Ebay Jim
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I understand that the total daily value of what is sold on Ebay exceeds the combined sales of Wal Mart, Sears, JC Penny and probably a couple other major retailers.

I've bought and sold lots of items on Ebay for the past several years, and I think it's one of the greatest innovations ever! It's here to stay for sure.

If you're interested in a making a bid on a larger valued item, and can't inspect it in person, you can alway consider Ebay's escrow service. Of course there's nothing that prohibits you from arranging with a seller to personally inspect the item before bidding on it -- I've done this several times for real estate listed on Ebay, and I would also do it if I wanted to bid on an Airstream.

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ebay has item you would never find. and i agree escrow is the way to go if in doubt. i dont think i would buy a vehicle off ebay.lol
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Ebay has seen its best days

In the "good old days" items would get 1000 hits, now same item gets 100 if that

Ebay sales are down, bidding wars have stopped because many bidders are snipping at the end.

There is also lots more retail junk, just like going to K-mart at home

It has turned into a "toaster" you pull it out when you need it, but otherwise its forgotten.

When it was "new" people spent hours a night on it , now they just hunt a few hours a week if that.

I have made good money years ago , but now its pretty dead.....

Ohh well......maybe it will come back.....I hope !
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I have been running a business on eBay for about 5 years now. From a seller perspective, eBay runs up and down in waves. Sometimes I get very high prices when people are bidding against each other. Then there will be a month or so of very light bidding and it becomes a buyers market. That is when I buy and get great deals. Items can be on for weeks with little bidding and they do not sell. Then they can go on and go up to 5 times the price in the last 60 seconds.

Right now it is a buyers market. There is very light bidding from Americans and most things are not selling or they sell to Eurpeans, Japanese and even Saudi Arabia. I sell all over the world and right now I am selling only about 1 in 10 to the US as opposed to over 90% last year. With the US dollar dropping in relation to the Euro and even Canadian dollar, other countries are now getting a better deal.

The cost to list on eBay has recently more than doubled! They are charging more up front because more items are not selling and they are not making the commission on the sales. Paypal which they recently bought also allows them to make another 4 or 5% on the sales when the buyer pays with it. It is convenient and now amounts to how over 95% of my buyers all over the world pay. Most items I sell are paid for using Paypal within 24 hours. Ebay is still doingwell, but items are not selling well right now. Over the last two weeks, the eBay market has become extremely light. This is good for the buyer!

Be careful in buying! I buy a lot on eBay and would never buy from anyone with a excellent rating or from anyone that has not sold over about 100 items overall. I always check even the items they have sold and also other items they are currently selling. I always ask questions before buying and never bid until the last 20 seconds of an auction. I use a stop watch all the time.

To buy an Airstream on eBay - really risky!! It is so easy to get taken and once the money is gone out. It rarely comes back. I have not had a problem buying in ther last three years, but being careful and even phoning the buyer helps deciding whether it is worth buying.

My name on eBay is elite-penman. You may see me there with my pen collection. Good luck on eBay and be careful!
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and would never buy from anyone with a excellent rating
I hope you mean "without"...

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Old 05-07-2003, 02:59 AM   #14
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ebay has taken the fun out of Saturday 'junkin".
It has elevated the price of junk to unheard of levels.
Add to that the overpriced shipping charges on small items and the trik of sellers with 2 IDs late bidding up their items and "buying" their own stuff if the bid doesn't suit them.
And now folks are buying wholesale crap and loading down ebay with it.

Also the site is not that user friendly, a little too slow to navigate and keep up with.
Mighty hard on web-tv for sure. Way too many professional "carney merchants" for my enjoyment any more, but I still buy a little there, never been burned except on price.
Wish I owned stock in it from the start though.

I guess an Airstream club is a strange place to complain about prices though. Seems most of you spend money like politicians.
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