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pdlethbridge
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« on: August 30, 2008, 01:11:17 AM »

Have you ever seen some of the idiots that buy stuff on E-bay? They get into a bidding war on an item the could get from the same store for $40+ less. I just saw a Bachmann spectrum 4-6-0 sell for $112+ in a bidding war, but they could have bought the exact same engine for $75 in the buy it now price. Roll Eyes Shocked
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008, 01:13:51 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2008, 01:19:42 AM »

Stupid is as stupid does Embarrassed
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2008, 06:50:49 PM »

I only go to auctions to watch the idiots.  For some it's an addiction, like gambling.  I once saw a guy pay $90 each for a bunch of beat up corral panels, new ones are about $60.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2008, 07:19:48 PM »

Perhaps he liked the odor of the old panels.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2008, 07:32:56 PM »

Have you ever seen some of the idiots that buy stuff on E-bay? They get into a bidding war on an item the could get from the same store for $40+ less. I just saw a Bachmann spectrum 4-6-0 sell for $112+ in a bidding war, but they could have bought the exact same engine for $75 in the buy it now price. Roll Eyes Shocked

Strange, did you notice the winning bid was also the first bider.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2008, 08:08:54 PM »

Now that you mention it, I did see him sniffing the panels before bidding.  I thought that was a bit kinky.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2008, 12:09:00 AM »

My grandfather occasionally sold calves and pigs at auction, but never bought anything there. He taught me that the successful bidder at an auction had to pay more than anyone else was willing to pay. He always told me that it was much better to pay the same or less than anyone else, thus no buying at auctions.

I have used Ebay exactly one time, buying a cellphone for parts. I used the 'buy it now' button and got the parts I needed for about half of what I was willing to pay had they been available from the manufacturer.

Ebay and other the other auction sites would be hard pressed to make a living off my trade!

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2008, 12:31:57 AM »

I buy nothing on e-Bay. I can purchase what I want at as good or better a price by checking the online shops .  There is a better probability of getting what you order from a reputable shop.
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2008, 12:35:05 AM »

I thought this was a train forum, not a worry about ebay forum.

Why worry about how much someone else is willing to spend for something?

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2008, 01:35:28 AM »

Yes, this is a train forum, but I see nothing wrong with letting unsuspecting modelers know about some of the pitfalls in purchasing, or expressing our own views regarding purchasing.   

I believe Paul qualified the topic by mentioning that someone paid $112 for a locomotive that could have been bought for $75.  I consider that "train related".

However, since we are also friends, as in sitting around the old clubhouse,  we may stray from trains at times.  That's no big deal, the main thing is we are still exchanging ideas and viewpoints. 

I spend from 6 to 8 hours a day learning and teaching on the forum.  Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the routine.
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2008, 10:05:56 AM »

I too have seen folks go absolutely crazy on bidding, but lets not knock it completely. If you use common sense, there are some deals to be had, you just have to set limits. Timing is also important, you don't want to try and buy train items around Christmas, you'll pay outrageous prices, but if you're selling, that's the time to unload.
For example, in the last month, I just picked up a large scale 10 wheeler for $23.00, the description was "runs, but missing brakes". Only three of us bid on it, and I needed it for parts for a bash I was working on. As it turned out when I got it home and tested it, it actually runs perfectly.
It could be an addition like gambling, but if you set limits, and do your homework, you can pick up some great deals. And some of the on line train shops also have ebay items and stores to buy from.
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2008, 10:11:51 AM »

But why call someone who is willing to pay more for an item a idiot?

When you do a search on ebay, you are given all the listings for that item. At that time the buyer makes the choice of which on they want to bid on. I have choosen the more expensive one from time to time myself. It depends on if I think thats the one I want over the other.

I just sold two identical HO cars on ebay. The only difference in them was the road number. One sold for $14.99, and the other for $35.00. I did not call the bidder of the more expensive one an idiot.

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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2008, 01:12:50 PM »

Perhaps the word "foolish" would be more polite, which is defined as "Having poor judgment, unwise". 

Paul is referring to a brand new item readily available at any time for $75. I want to meet anyone willing to pay $112 for it, I have some ocean front property here in Colorado that I would love to get rid of, the sea gulls are making a terrible mess. 

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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2008, 01:13:01 PM »

You can call them an idiot if the site shows the buy it now price at $75 and they bid $112 and the store has 30 in stock.
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