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Why the bleep is eBay so expensive??

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  • VileR
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    Originally posted by Timo W. View Post
    Buy-it-now prices have no meaning. Filter for sold items instead. Also tell that anyone who refers to ebay prices. Just *listing* e.g. a C64 for $2000 doesn't make it worth that much.
    Exactly -- and even then, keep in mind that what you see may be more than the amount actually paid.
    Example: a seller listed an item for $250, but included the option to "make an offer". I offered $150, the seller accepted, and that's what I paid. But when filtering for sold/completed items, eBay showed that listing as if it sold for $250.

    I can only agree with SomeGuy's observation that eBay is intentionally designed to encourage price inflation.

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  • SomeGuy
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    I'd love to hear an actual seller's take on it, but I doubt they want to give away their secrets.

    My observation is that eBay is intentionally designed to encourage price inflation.

    I suspect items like the ones above are intentionally given absurd prices so when the same seller posts a similar item for 1/4 of the price (which is still 4 times what it should be worth) people won't feel as bad about buying it, increasing the probability of sale.

    But then you ocasionally actually get a few people with more money than brains that actually buy stuff at absurd prices. For example, this recent auction for a beat up Laser 128ex plus a compact XT that sold for 645.55 plus shipping: https://www.ebay.com/itm/324492340173?nordt=true

    That is at least 2 or 3 times the maximum real value.

    You may have also noticed that many buy-it-now items have BS "sale" prices. Perhaps a 40 dollar item is listed at $100 but for the next 7 days it is on "sale" for the low, low price of only $59.99.

    The latest fad seems to be "seller offers". You browse a 40 dollar item listed at $100 and a few hours later your get an eBay message saying the seller is personally offering to sell it to you for the bargain-basement price of $80.

    Then there is the entire eBay monoculture. Face it, most people would rather spend a few more bucks buying through a popular site they know rather than searching for the seller's obscure little web store with a weird name like aliforigblargcee.cerm, navigating yet another poorly randomly designed site, and risking stolen credit card information. (And people like me won't touch Facefook with a 1000 foot pole)

    On top of all that, sometimes sellers probably have to ask absurd amounts just to make a single buck. Lately I've seen plenty ~$10 items listed for ~$10 with $50 shipping because apparently that is how much it actually costs to ship from wherever they are. Then there is tax and eBay fees.

    I don't even want to think about general inflation. Prices were already out of the solar system on some things, and that was before covid hit.

    Personally, I filter my search results so I don't even see items that are priced more than $500.

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  • Timo W.
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    Buy-it-now prices have no meaning. Filter for sold items instead. Also tell that anyone who refers to ebay prices. Just *listing* e.g. a C64 for $2000 doesn't make it worth that much.

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  • Bill-kun
    started a topic Why the bleep is eBay so expensive??

    Why the bleep is eBay so expensive??

    I decided this is better to be in the hardware forum than the auction forum. I donít think Iím succeeding at not wanting to rant.

    I appreciate people who prevent vintage-out-of-production hardware from being destroyed, but I donít see the asking prices on eBay being justified.

    The secondary fan group that Computer Reset set up on Facebook (Computer Reset Buy and Sell) even explicitly states that the prices people ask for in that group be ďwell below eBay.Ē Thatís a direct quote!

    Some examples:

    IBM 5170 AT 286 PC Computer + EGA monitor AdLib XTIDE mechanical clicky keyboard
    $1500 OBO
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-5170-AT...-/264965846102

    AST 286 desktop computer with hard drive - RARE - Vintage Hardware - AS IS
    $585+$85 shipping
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/AST-286-des...-/183830577135

    VINTAGE DATA BANK COMPUTER AMD AM286-12 DESKTOP COMPUTER -RARE
    $300+$101 shipping
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-DAT...-/254599082200

    BIOSTAR MB-1212V VLSI AT MOTHERBOARD W/ 286-12MHZ CPU + 1MB RAM
    $400+$24 shipping
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/BIOSTAR-MB-...-/123543534170
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