Ive gotten rid of some rods and reels on Ebay, but i wont buy anything there. My girl friend has been ripped off a few times, which i find more than mildy irritating (i hate thieves and scam artists...they need to die, yup) and ive noticed that even when you wait until the last few minutes to bid on a piece of merchandise that sometimes it becomes like a ridiculous sort of "race" to see who can "win" the item for sale...even if that means someone ends up paying more than what you would buying it new, or for retail price at a store. i find this particulary so with sporting good items. its kind of like some sort of weird game or something for some people i guess...
theres better places to spend your money i think, with more secure transaction methods...and im not too keen on dropping alot of money of a piece of gear that i havnt even seen. its too easy to set yourself up for failure...
I've bought a couple dozen items on eBay and have not had a bad transaction yet. But I only buy from sellers with a 100% positive feedback and I only buy things I've already researched beforehand so I know what is or isn't a good deal. I've bought several high end baitcast reels that were new-in-the-box for about 55%-65% of the Cabela's or other discount price. I've also seen both new and used sonar and GPS units go for really good prices.
So if you're careful, set your maximum price realistically and don't get emotionally involved or caught up in a bidding war there are still some decent deals to be had.
The one area where I have seen folks consistently over pay is with used ATVs on eBay. The prices that sellers get for those are oftentimes waaaay over bluebook.
Yeah, perhaps my experiences are a bit tainted...im not sure about the quality of the sellers my girl friend was purchasing from, so i cant speak about that with 100% accuracy. I just know she has paid for items in the past that were never recieved, or had people drag thier feet about sending items until she had to threaten to have eBay step in.
the "getting emotionaly involved in the bidding" is an accurate statement...thats what seems to be the issue when i watch the numbers skyrocket at the end of an auction and it exceeds retail price...
The only items ive tried to ever bid on were sporting goods stuff...mainly some high end compound bows and optics. its absurd to watch how the price on a used and discontinued bow jets up to what it cost new, or even higher is some instances. I imagine its the same for vehicles....my old roomate bought a motorcycle and also a ford mustang (if i remember correctly) on eBay, i hassled him a long time for that.....
i suppose this topic is getting a bit off topic for this portion of the forum...perhaps we should start an "eBay" thread in the "off topic" section lol
Be careful with the EBAY thing, I know of some guys who would sell things and just have their buddies watch and submit a larger bid to get others to bid higher. If no one bids higher than their buddy and time has expired then they will re-post the item again waiting for the next big fish to bite. That is how they get more money than what it is worth. If you really want it and willing to pay, some is willing to sell it for a price.
If others are bidding higher than what the actual price would be for a new one or even close to a new one, dont bid anymore. You will be going down steam without a paddle.
Its a great place to sell. I do it all the time and people do spend way to much on used items. I just sold a used rifle scope that sells new for $79. Some guy bought it for $60. Its way more than I could get for it at a garage sale or gun show! You can get some killer deals on new items. You just need to know its value and do not go beyond what you are willing to pay.
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