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I'm seeing a lot of this - people bidding more for used stuff than necessary, paying over the price of the same item new including delivery.

Most often this is for DVD box sets of TV programmes - new £7.99 inc delivery, final eBay price £9 to £10 inc delivery (for USED!).

i'm almost tempted to buy the new ones from the well-known internet retailer and sell them on eBay for a mark up of 20%, a no brainer.

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Seen this for high-demand bikes (stuff like bromptons) and cameras I've tracked.

Consequently, all I've really bought of ebay is DVDs from t'other side of the world and odd, hard to get bike parts.

It's gobsmacking, but there is one born every minute.

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It seems to be people getting carried away with the bidding from what I've seen. The bidding goes up in small increments more and more frantically as the bid draws to a close.

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E Bay is for the most part a rip off nowadays...not sure if it will sink in to the deluded souls who bid on items..

To sell has become far to expensive now with fees to place then fees if sold...being virtually forced to use paypal was the last straw for me..it has become uneconomic to sell.

I hear they are losing sellers in droves..

It used to be a nice bidding experience up until the time they decided to kill the golden goose..

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Some people are so fecking lazy and will pay whatever just to get it delivered to the door. Even too lazy to search the internet.

Some idiots get stuck into bidding wars and think they are clever when they outbid some other likeminded chump :lol: Both ended up bidding over the top for the fecking item.

" Look what I won on ebay Honey"

"What did you win babe"?

" It was a close call but I outbid Sibley123 for this worthless piece of shit"

" Good for you darling." "Now be careful not to get spaghetti down your Liverpool shirt"

IDIOTS :lol:

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" Look what I won on ebay Honey"

"What did you win babe"?

" It was a close call but I outbid Sibley123 for this worthless piece of shit"

" Good for you darling." "Now be careful not to get spaghetti down your Liverpool shirt"

IDIOTS :lol:

:lol::lol::lol:

Reminds of the ebay battle for Snappy The Crocodile on Psychoville a couple of weeks back!

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E Bay is for the most part a rip off nowadays...not sure if it will sink in to the deluded souls who bid on items..

It's still useful for some things. Just stay away from anything new or in demand. I use it for specialist bits of kit that you just would not be able to find easily by other means. Not easily anyway. For example, I managed to mend my previous laptop multiple times using ebay, buying replacement screen hinges, replacement keys, replacement DVD drives etc. I mainly use it for vintage camera equipment.

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I mainly use it for vintage camera equipment.

This is the sort of stuff I cant understand why sellers bother selling it, though: I have an old EOS SLR outfit (and other stuff like an Trip from about 1980) that I never use now, and soon may not be able to get film for. I looked up what people were getting for this sort of stuff, and how much it would cost me to flog it and post it. Factor in the chance some crook never pays me and it's just not worht the bother of selling.

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Seen this for high-demand bikes (stuff like bromptons) and cameras I've tracked.

Consequently, all I've really bought of ebay is DVDs from t'other side of the world and odd, hard to get bike parts.

It's gobsmacking, but there is one born every minute.

thats what seems to power the whole uk ponzi economy, anyway just 30 seconds on any search engine and up pops play.com with a price cheaper for new than some sellers are on ebay for the same used boxset

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This is the sort of stuff I cant understand why sellers bother selling it, though: I have an old EOS SLR outfit (and other stuff like an Trip from about 1980) that I never use now, and soon may not be able to get film for. I looked up what people were getting for this sort of stuff, and how much it would cost me to flog it and post it. Factor in the chance some crook never pays me and it's just not worht the bother of selling.

Other than the knowledge that you have been ripped off there's not much difference between not having an unused item collecting dust and taking up room in your cupboard and someone going out and using it. Some people prefer to just freecycle stuff rather than have it go into a landfill for example or take up their own personal space. Chances are that you are more likely to be ripped off on items that are in demand such as with new laptops or new digital cameras.

Some vintage camera equipment keep their value if they are old enough, interesting enough or good enough. Personally I buy old Hasselblad lenses for about 200 a shot. Never actually sold anything on ebay though.

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just one example

Must be a really good ebay seller if buyer would rather pay £2 or so more for a secondhand one http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=130317494691

than a new one from a big retailer at £8 http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3305133/30-...-1/Product.html

I can think of similar instances with other types of goods, projectors, shavers, aftershave going for £4 that's £1 in Poundland

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I also gave up on eBay.

The 'are you selling something counterfeit?' warnings, paying twice by using PayPal and being almost forced to use it, scammers, awful customer service, it goes on.

One of the worst things though was how you can't give bad feedback to a seller any more. The options of 'good feeback' or 'I'll leave feedback later' are something from 1984.

They'll never see another penny of my money. I'll anever use PayPal again either.

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just one example

if you clear out all your junk you will always get a few items that bring in more than what you paid (e.g. 5quid argos travel iron going for a tenner, jazz CDs etc etc).

mostly I was happy for others to find a use, rather than it end up in landfill, not many people bung stuff on there for the cash(only).

if someone is trying to make money then usually its fake, misrepresented etc

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This was discussed on Radio 4, "You and Yours" I think. According to the guy they got in from the police it may be money laundering. Apparently they first twigged this was going on when 10 quid vouchers were going for 20 quid, although they are a bit more artful now and are using it as a conduit for moving money around. Were they selling items with the receipt perhaps? Bought from a shop that doesn't require a receipt to issue a credit note?

Edit: DVD box sets = ready cash, as anyone who has been burgled knows.

Not entirely sure how it would work so don't blame me if you don't see an obvious nefarious scheme here or why you'd need to launder smallish sums of money but anyhow, thats what they said. Its a recognised thing.

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if you clear out all your junk you will always get a few items that bring in more than what you paid (e.g. 5quid argos travel iron going for a tenner, jazz CDs etc etc).

mostly I was happy for others to find a use, rather than it end up in landfill, not many people bung stuff on there for the cash(only).

if someone is trying to make money then usually its fake, misrepresented etc

although most of my stuff never sells, i had 8 or 9 watching a military related item i advertised quite cheaply a few weeks ago, the winning bidder struck at the last moment poor s0d thinking there would be an onslaught of final seconds sniping, but alas (for me) he was the only bidder, and thats not the first time i've had that happen - loads of watchers and no bidder or just 1

i had loads of watchers for a michael jackson item that i sold for a pound a few weeks ago before he died, the same items now go for £17 to £40, imagine how the watchers who didnt bid feel now.

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I also gave up on eBay.

One of the worst things though was how you can't give bad feedback to a seller any more. The options of 'good feeback' or 'I'll leave feedback later' are something from 1984.

They'll never see another penny of my money. I'll anever use PayPal again either.

I hate Paypal with a vengeance,I got caught up in someone sacmming and because I was linked to this person through a sale my money was frozen for 6 weeks...then eventually released after it was proven I had nothing to do with whatever was going on.....I had to supply receipts,proof of ID and all sorts of cr ap.........the most annoying thing is they will not tell you exactly why your money is frozen...

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I've seen £shop items on ebay for 99p. Postage £1.50.

you do see some of the same items for sure, i would remind people steer clear of the poundshop beesting car antennas, they often dont work, and the washing machine descaler products have half the active ingredient so work out no cheaper than a proper brand, the list goes on... but the poundshops and the sellers on ebay selling the same lines do have some good value items, its not all tat

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I hate eBay and paypal, but it is useful for those generic mobile phone accessories that cost 10x the price in the hightower street. As someone else suggested, items going for above Market rate could well be money laundering, if you have sold a few thousand £5 items for a tenner, that's a fair bit of apparently legitimate profit.

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if you clear out all your junk you will always get a few items that bring in more than what you paid (e.g. 5quid argos travel iron going for a tenner, jazz CDs etc etc).

mostly I was happy for others to find a use, rather than it end up in landfill, not many people bung stuff on there for the cash(only).

if someone is trying to make money then usually its fake, misrepresented etc

I agree. I've often been disappointed at how little something I've sold has made, but then been amazed at how much people will pay for tat that I want rid of. Worst is when something doesn't sell, despite being in good, useable condition. Freecycle doesn't operate near me so what else to do but burn it or landfill it?

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I'm seeing a lot of this - people bidding more for used stuff than necessary, paying over the price of the same item new including delivery.

Most often this is for DVD box sets of TV programmes - new £7.99 inc delivery, final eBay price £9 to £10 inc delivery (for USED!).

i'm almost tempted to buy the new ones from the well-known internet retailer and sell them on eBay for a mark up of 20%, a no brainer.

This is nothing new.

I noticed it when I first started using ebay years ago. People would pay more for a used item than you could buy it new from Amazon or somewhere. It only takes a few minutes searching online to find this out and then I realised this country is full of idiots.

Agree with the other posters. Too many timewasters, non-payers, etc on ebay and the fees and forced use of Paypal make selling expensive. I've found i'm using it less & less, really only using it now to track down difficult to find items.

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Alot of sellers bidding on their own stuff (getting friends to do it) Or if you got several accounts!

I see lots of stuff relisted or Listed again. Lazy buggers use the same pic.

As with all auctions, set a price and stick to it.

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Alot of sellers bidding on their own stuff (getting friends to do it) Or if you got several accounts!

I see lots of stuff relisted or Listed again. Lazy buggers use the same pic.

As with all auctions, set a price and stick to it.

Agreed with stupid prices paid/bid by idiots on Ebay.

eg Most computer gear is £10-£25 dearer (plus huge post costs) through Ebay dealers - which forces up the price set by auction-sellers!

Although I did manage to recently get a brand new retail open boxed Blu-ray drive for £43.00(£70-£80.00 normally) - which was worth bidding for.

Another thing that makes me highly suspicious is the (recently?) introduced ebay thing about 'hiding' bidders names.

Ebay could easily set up fictitious names and have computer software 'auto' bidding the prices up against you (knowing your highest bid!!) - hidden by the anonymous bidders rule!

I too rarely use Ebay now, but some of my recent bids/wins have been suspiciously - just below my maximum bid!

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I usually buy replacement parts for used hardware\cars on there, or stuff like old software that isn't available new any more. For the most part, if you're savvy and check back frequently you can still find some good bargains. I buy from people with 99% feedback or above only.

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