PDA

View Full Version : fleaBay wierdos



Sharkonwheels
September 13th, 2007, 10:31 PM
Ya think the price is in Yen?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Memotech-MTX512-Z80-Z80A-CP-M-FDX-Vintage-MTX500-RS128_W0QQitemZ140157486089QQihZ004QQcategoryZ4193 QQtcZphotoQQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I mean, he doesn't even have the stupid proprietary cable to connect the 2 hunks of junk together!!!!!

Man - that's just CLASSIC!

Maybe I should list my SuperKaypro10 for what? $3495.00? I mean hey, it DID cost $5000 new, and I have the original receipt to PROVE it! $5114 plus tax, baby!


:bomb:


Tony

Sharkonwheels
September 13th, 2007, 10:38 PM
Oh, you REALLY want to fall out of your chair laughing, check out some of THIS guy's auctions:

http://stores.ebay.com/Drakes-Retro-Video-Game-Shop

He is absolutely NUTS!

He has a *board* from a Commodore SX64 for like $80!

The WHOLE STUPID MACHINE goes for like $75-100 in *EXCELLENT* condition!

You guys *HAVE* to look through some of his auctions - I haven't been this entertained since...since...well, nothings been THIS funny.

$150 for a heath manual....$50 for a connector.... and let's not forget, $35 for *one issue* of Rainbow magazine!!!!
Man...you can't BUY entertainment this good!!!!


:clap::clap::clap:
:happy3::happy3:

T

carlsson
September 13th, 2007, 11:42 PM
Wow, can you get a working SX64 for as little as $75 + shipping? That sounds like a bargain to me, but perhaps I haven't followed the pricing recently, or a shipload of SX64's emerged from an abandoned warehouse.

Druid6900
September 14th, 2007, 08:51 AM
I mean, he doesn't even have the stupid proprietary cable to connect the 2 hunks of junk together!!!!!


Boy, is THIS guy in luck.

I just happen to have a couple of those cables that I can let him have for $500 for one or both for $900.

I'm going to get in touch with him right away. I'm sure he'll jump at the chance.

Do you think he might need some Write Only Memory or a few Inoperational Amplifiers as well? (I'm fresh out of bridges)

JDT
September 14th, 2007, 03:29 PM
sports.men, I've seen that sellers auction before, he's usually the only one who ever has what I'm looking for, but at his outragous prices he never gets my money...

Theres another one that comes to mine. IT Exquiptment Express, they always have what im looking for at out of this world prices, and like sports.men, has yet to get any of my bids.

Yzzerdd
September 14th, 2007, 05:25 PM
Oh man, do I have rants about IT equiptment express. How do they have so much darn feedback with such high prices? How do they have so many sales, with no pictures of their items? Why do they have what I want, but at prices at or above original retail value? THE LIST GOES ON!!!!

billdeg
September 14th, 2007, 06:57 PM
Maybe they're a little less rare in the US. About a year ago I traded an SX-64 for a meatball sandwitch. It was non functional, but still a great deal.
Bill

ahm
September 14th, 2007, 07:21 PM
About a year ago I traded an SX-64 for a meatball sandwitch. It was non functional, but still a great deal.

Why would you want a non functional meatball sandwich?! :-)

carlsson
September 15th, 2007, 06:23 AM
Regarding SX-64, I have just learned that PAL units tend to bring in 2-3 times as much money than NTSC units, not considering shipping costs. Thus, $70-$75 for a US machine may be a typical price, but would be a super bargain for an European/Australian one.

Sharkonwheels
September 17th, 2007, 12:38 AM
Oh man, do I have rants about IT equiptment express. How do they have so much darn feedback with such high prices? How do they have so many sales, with no pictures of their items? Why do they have what I want, but at prices at or above original retail value? THE LIST GOES ON!!!!

Are those the twits that use a photo of a track runner at a starting line?
yeah - seen them. $259 for a Seagate ST225, or something like that.

And you notice how everyone thinks "refurb" means you pulled it out, and blew the dust off? Where *I* come from , refurb means it was REFURBISHED. Taken out a dusted off, means USED, or PULLED.

Tony

carlsson
September 17th, 2007, 01:02 AM
If you find a hard disk on the sidewalk, pick it up and install it, can you say it has been recurbed? :-D

Ten years ago I had a friend whose CPU fan was about to give up. Instead of buying a new one, he disassembled it, cleaned the blades, added new lubricant and carefully put it together again - and it was as good as new again, for years to come. It was a tedious process he'd rather not repeat. I suppose it could be said he refurbished the fan, while someone who just would have taken off the dust from the blades would not have refurbished it.

Terry Yager
September 17th, 2007, 07:34 AM
If you find a hard disk on the sidewalk, pick it up and install it, can you say it has been recurbed? :-D

No, recurbed is when you take it in, test it, find it non-functional, and set it back out to the curb.

--T

carlsson
September 17th, 2007, 09:13 AM
Ah, of course. Speaking of which, I still fondly remember the webpage which described how someone had emptied a PC case (perhaps an IBM PS/2) and filled it with concrete. Then he had left his PC on the street, to see if someone would try to steal it. The next morning, it had been moved, but just a few meters, so someone had tried to but given up.

Al Kossow
September 17th, 2007, 10:46 AM
"Oh man, do I have rants about IT equiptment express"

Exactly. They priced a couple of tape drives at a reasonable price on eBay
buy it now, and they canceled the deal because "they can't find them".

Sharkonwheels
September 17th, 2007, 11:19 AM
If they relist them, you can go after them with eBay.

I just saw, for example, they have MICROPOLIS 1304 40MB MFM 5 1/4 disk drive 1304 for *$420*

40MB! $420!!!

Those guys are just STUPID funny!


T

paul.brett
September 19th, 2007, 10:55 AM
As common as muck pretty much everywhere here in the UK, yet for some reason, this one is for sale at....100!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Amstrad-464-Computer-Printer-DDI1-RS232-Games-Manuals_W0QQitemZ230173351781QQcmdZViewItemQQssPag eNameZRSS:B:SRCH:GB:101

LOL

Paul.

chuckcmagee
September 19th, 2007, 11:29 AM
There's a guy posting on here (in Liverpool, btw) giving one of those away (free pickup). 5,500 miles is a bit much for me.


Edit: those being a Amstrad CPC-464
He said it goes in the "tip" at the end of this week.

William Maddox
November 10th, 2007, 02:24 AM
IT Equipment Express appears to list other reseller's inventory at a steep markup. I suspect they auto-generate their listings directly from their suppliers' database(s). Not too long ago, I noticed they listed a PDP8 memory card in their eBay store with a description that was oddly verbatim identical to another listing by another eBay seller. The other seller was a company I've done business with before, and actually stocks inventory. I tried to buy a board from them, but, not surprisingly, IT Equipment Express reported that they had an "inventory problem". Not surprising at all, as I had just purchased their supplier's entire supply of these (all two of them, as it turned out).

--Bill

Chuckster_in_Jax
November 11th, 2007, 09:42 AM
IT Equipment Express appears to list other reseller's inventory at a steep markup. I suspect they auto-generate their listings directly from their suppliers' database(s). Not too long ago, I noticed they listed a PDP8 memory card in their eBay store with a description that was oddly verbatim identical to another listing by another eBay seller. The other seller was a company I've done business with before, and actually stocks inventory. I tried to buy a board from them, but, not surprisingly, IT Equipment Express reported that they had an "inventory problem". Not surprising at all, as I had just purchased their supplier's entire supply of these (all two of them, as it turned out).

--Bill

It seems the internet is abound with companies like this one. They will have a web page with hundreds of items listed. They appear to have a warehouse with large inventories when in fact the are nothing more than someone that tries to "locate" the item you are looking for from other companies. On several occasions I have inquired about a listing only to get a reply that they no longer have it (if I even get a reply).

BG101
November 20th, 2008, 11:00 PM
This thread is worth a revival.

I've had exactly the same thing happen to me, having bought something supposedly "in stock" and had to wait for ages before it finally turned up.


Not only that, but I'm sure the sellers spread links to their merchandise. Or the search engines base quite a few matches on one or two sources.


I just bought some 5" drives, two of which when I researched (using Google) had several references to them being 1.2Mb HD drives. When they arrived I discovered they are in fact 360K drives. So I did another search, again using Google, with EXACTLY the same search parameters, and lo and behold, all the references to their being 1.2Mb drives had disappeared into thin air!

Drives in question = ALPS DFC222B02A and ALPS DFC222A17A.

The drives work, but I need a couple of spare HD drives!




BG

Druid6900
November 21st, 2008, 01:15 PM
This is, most likely, due to idiots who have NO idea what it is they are trying to sell, NO idea of how to test and/or align what they are trying to sell and a pretty GOOD idea that people will buy a cheaper pig-in-a-poke rather than a slightly more expensive restored and tested piece of equipment.

P. T. Barnum certainly was right and, in addition to that adage, I'm probably a fool for bothering to test EVERY piece of equipment I sell.

Allen
November 24th, 2008, 06:47 PM
Interesting discussion. I think we can all understand what these people are doing: trying to make as much money as possible. Some of you run your own business and can understand the need to make money. Having said that, greed isn't good and I certainly don't approve of these businesses overcharging for vintage computer components. But it's up to the buyer to understand the true value of these items and restrain from buying anything overpriced.

I learned something here; I didn't know many of these businesses (like IT Equipment Express) do not have the items they list on eBay in stock. Isn't this a violation of eBay rules?

If you think the likes of IT Equipment Express are bad (or funny), consider this eBay listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170281558801 ["Netscape Navigator (1995) Version 1.2 - Unopened! RARE" starting bid US$1,299.99].

Druid6900
November 24th, 2008, 07:23 PM
I learned something here; I didn't know many of these businesses (like IT Equipment Express) do not have the items they list on eBay in stock. Isn't this a violation of eBay rules?

I believe it's only a violation if you're NOT a PowerSeller, making FeeBay and it's subsiduary, Pay-Through-The-Nose-Pal, a sh*tload of money.

"All are equal, but some are more equal than others" - Animal Farm