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    Default The Ebay Follies

    I did a cursory search for a thread like this but didn't find one.. apologies if it has already been done. I'm borrowing from applefritter and their THIS is Laughable post which chronicles the daily insanity of ebay sellers asking insane prices for mundane Apple stuff. Figured it'd be fun to have a thread covering everything else... just for our amusement (and maybe to embarrass some common sense into sellers)! Might also prove useful.. maybe some of this stuff really is worth in the neighbourhood of what is being asked. Let's see how ridiculous we can get.

    I'd like to open with The Amazing $10,000 Wood Box:

    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...018057&alt=web

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    I never buy anything off of eBay and usually stick to Craigslist, but that has not stopped me from checking eBay everyday. Here is my favorite overpriced item:

    Behold the $5900 Amiga 2000
    http://m.ebay.com/itm/Amiga-1000-/15...460?nav=SEARCH

    Also not on eBay but on Craigslist, A few months ago this dude put of a bunch of ads for a $1000 Apple IIC, his price has gone down to a sweet deal of $600 but it still has inspired all the other Apple IIC owners in my area to ask for insane prices. None of them ever sell and just expire, but that does not stop others from doing it:

    https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...486655223.html
    https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/a...456475844.html
    https://eauclaire.craigslist.org/atq/5487866524.html

    There where like 4 more a few months ago but they all expired, I love how all of them claim how good of a deal their Apple IICs are

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    Well, I still see this rustbucket Eagle PC with a mismatched IBM monitor out there for $1,799.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eagle-PC-2-V...1#ht_876wt_864

    As they say at Publix Surprisingly LOW PRICE

    A way while back, someone was trying to sell a couple of crufty Columbia Data Products 1600 manuals for $75. No way I was going to pay that much when all I needed was the users guide. Was hoping they would relist for less, but they never relisted it.

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    LOL @ the Amiga auction:

    "As this is a high price transaction, my local police department (just down the street) is willing for the transaction to take place in their parking lot for safety purposes."

    Translation: I am currently incarcerated and need bail money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThisPostContainsComputers View Post
    "Shipping: $1,000.00 Economy Shipping"

    Wow, and I thought the people asking $20 to ship a small software box was nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    LOL @ the Amiga auction:

    "As this is a high price transaction, my local police department (just down the street) is willing for the transaction to take place in their parking lot for safety purposes."

    Translation: I am currently incarcerated and need bail money.
    I really hope your livelihood is in no way dependent upon your language skills.
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    I think this is a kind of "shill bid", so stick it on e-bay at absurd price, then list it some where else saying how much cheaper your price is than E-Bay when it never stood a chance of selling on E-Bay at all.
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    I'm kicking myself for not including this guy in my earlier reply, but have any of you looked at this person on eBay called "vintagecomputermuseum" . All his stuff is overpriced and not very high quality. I love his little "Minimal Testing" message he puts on all his computers that have been trashed. Also when I looked him up I got all these posts from people on different computer communities complaining about how the items they got where trashed or something to that effect. It looks like he removed around half of his computer auctions but they still litter my search results with his "11%" off products.

    http://m.ebay.com/sch/i.html?sid=vin...&isRefine=true

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    He has been around a long time. Apparently he once had a proper museum, looks like he buys stuff from other sellers, then tries to re-sell at double the price. Any one that buys stuff shown as "display or repair item" and expects it to work deserves all they get..
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    "vintagecomputermuseum" buys low priced junk off eBay, and turns around and flips the stuff for five times what he pays for it. He/she recycles stories that he makes up about the stuff to make Buyers think that he has owned and used the stuff for years and years, lulling the Buyers into thinking that the stuff is simply no-longer wanted and should fine. When in fact, the stuff is broken junk that he/she bought recently at minimal cost and he/she knows does not work.

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