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7401Re: [midatlanticretro] Ebay and Vintage Comp Sales (to keep this on topic)

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  • Bob Applegate
    Mar 5, 2008
      Dell has an auction site, and any bid made in the last 10 minutes automatically extends the
      auction another 10 minutes.  Ie, you can't drop in a high bid in the last few seconds.  Prices
      are pretty stable the last 15 minutes, and someone who really wants an item can take their
      time to out-bid someone else.  There's no panic mode.
      I wish eBay would do the same.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Bob Grieb
      Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 9:41 AM
      Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Ebay and Vintage Comp Sales (to keep this on topic)


      To take this back off-topic:

      I agree with people that feel that ebay as a
      company does pretty much nothing to earn the money
      that they make. For instance, many auctions take place
      almost completely in the last 2 minutes, even if they
      run for a week. I think this favors people using programs
      for bidding and is not the best way to get the best price
      for a seller. Ebay could have noticed this, as I am sure
      they have, and changed the way their auctions work a little
      to make them more like a "real" auction. How many "real"
      auctions have you been to where someone didn't get something
      that sold for less than they would have been willing to pay?

      Also, I think the new rules concerning feedback are a big
      step backward. I have been using ebay for a long time,
      and have been dissappointed that the company doesn't seem
      interested in fixing some fairly obvious problems.

      Bob Grieb

      --- "B. Degnan" <billdeg@degnanco. com> wrote:

      > <snip>
      > >I don't hate ebay, but I am dissatisfied with their performance, and
      > >for what they do charge, we should get better. They've changed their
      > >website considerably to appease the professional sellers, but
      > they've
      > >done very little to make life easier for the junk sellers, who were
      > >(and I think still are) their core audience.
      > >
      > >Sorry for the long and offtopic rant, but I was asked the question
      > so I
      > >thought I'd answer it.
      > >
      > >TTYL
      > >Brian C.
      > I understand better where the dissent is coming from - the junk
      > sellers
      > feel squeezed out.
      > My company engineers applications like Ebay (if we could only get
      > their
      > contract!) and I personally use Ebay to sell about as much as I buy.
      > I
      > used their tools to create a re-usable template or two, and I sell
      > everything starting at 99 cents even if it's worth $10,000. I
      > calculate
      > and then add their fees into the advertised shipping and handling
      > charges. Simple, fast, and it works for me. I am usually surprised
      > at how
      > *well* my auctions do. Case in point, last week I sold an IEEE to
      > PET
      > cable for over $100, starting at 99 cents. Have you ever seen an
      > IEEE-->PET cable go for more on another site?
      > http://cgi.ebay. com/ws/eBayISAPI .dll?ViewItem& rd=1&item= 270214790828
      > Like everything else, you just have to know how to work the system,
      > take
      > good pics, and avoid situations where you need to contact Ebay.
      > Phone
      > support for a web site is not in the idiom for the media.
      > Bill

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