There is nothing wrong with setting a minimum starting bid. It
doesn't mean the seller is "afraid to really sell at auction" - it
just means that the seller will sell at auction provided he gets a
I'd sell my left handed Blue Racer deluxe, but I would put a $0.01
starting bid on it.
I'd start with just slightly under what I would grievingly part with
it for, then hope I'd get more.
Of course, there are also fools who don't know the value of what
they're selling and put a $50.00 "Buy It Now" price on something like
a Schurr Bug (only about 20 made - a very rare bug which cost new
about $500.) or a WBL V2L paddle.
Both keys are well worth the minimum bid. The Simplex Auto generally
gets around $500 for it. It is an excellent bug. At $300 it would be
an absolute steal.
What would you pay for a 1905 Vibroplex unused and unopened in the
original box? $10? Some things are valuable!
Ask someone how much it would cost to make ONE only in a machine shop.
You'd get a fast education at what a value manufactured keys are.
David Ring, N1EA
On 10/16/07, Bill <flyer@...> wrote:
> eBay item #110180391785.
> Nice looking right angle bug with a cover. Perhaps the collectors feel
> $300 is OK, but I think it is a little high for starting the bidding.
> Either way, it will be interesting to watch.
> There is also a nice no-name bug as item #150170359239. But, there
> again the owner is afraid to really sell at auction. The starting price
> is $95.
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