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I have just seen on Ebay a model railway engine (in which I am not interested) advertised as buy-it-now for £75 or start the bidding at £75. Why would anyone start the bidding at the same figure that they could get it for immediately? More to the point, why has someone advertised it like this? And it's not the first time I've seen this anyway.

BTW, I learnt something about Ebay bidding the other day to my great annoyance. I saw an engine that I did want, advertised as buy-it-now for £55 or start the bidding at £30. I thought that it was worth £55 but naturally wanted it for less if possible. I put in a maximum bid of £55, wrongly thinking that if anyone else put in £55 as buy-it-now, my £55 bid would take preference. I did not realise that any bid knocks out the buy-it-now opportunity!

Anyway, I did the buyer some good as it eventually went for just over £60 but I could have kicked myself. However, there is a reasonably happy ending to the story. I got one a few days later for £39.50 although it did not have a DCC chip already fitted like the other one. Still, the £15.50 difference will pay for a reasonable chip, although I'll have to fit it myself.
 

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QUOTE I have just seen on Ebay a model railway engine (in which I am not interested) advertised as buy-it-now for £75 or start the bidding at £75. Why would anyone start the bidding at the same figure that they could get it for immediately? More to the point, why has someone advertised it like this?

Seems daft as extra fees are paid. It could be simply a piece of psychology on the part of the seller as prosepctive buyers may think that they are getting a bargain if they can pick up the loco now for £75 rather than pay more later for it at the end of an auction.

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I've seen a couple like this recently too, perhaps from the same seller. I think in part it's down to the price they charge for just listing as a buy it now as opposed to auction with buy it now. Also I think there is a minimum level of feedback required before you can just list as a buy it now and maybe the seller didn't have enough feedback to do so. It's a pain when the buy it now disappears after the first bid but if you list with a reserve the buy it now stays in place until the reserve is met. Also if you didn't know the minimum reserve on ebay UK is £50, on ebay .com it's something daft like $5.
 

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Sometime ago a similar advert in Ebay stated the buy now price and also showed a starting bid amount. I tried several times to place my bid but was unable to register the amount.
 

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If any us spot anything listed by members of DENSA then how about sharing the info so that we can all admire the handywork!

Or even if we spot items where bidders are members of DENSA!

You know the sort of thing. The £100 bid for an item you can pick up in a reputable online store for £60 for example.

Or a BR loco that is clearly in LNER apple green livery.

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Well i am liking ebay as I have just brought a brand new B & C Gresley, new type for £12.00 plus £1.50pp and a pack of 4 yesterday for £46 inc pp

Only one more and will have the complete rake of six I want and can now get peanuts for the old ones at the next swap meet


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Hurrah for the incompetent sellers!


Long may you continue to mis-describe items, take dreadful pictures (or better still none at all), fluff spellings so that things don't come up in searches, set ridiculous Buy-It-Now prices, write long and rude comments on buyer requirements in bold red capitals and generally hand the dilligent and patient absolute bargains a few times a year...

And hurrah also for those incompetent buyers who pay more on eBay for a model that is cheaper at their nearest model shop, esp. if I am selling it!!
That hasn't happened to me yet - there is still hope for mankind!

Knowledge is power! THREE CHEERS FOR THE INEPT!!


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QUOTE (goedel @ 18 Sep 2007, 23:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Knowledge is power! THREE CHEERS FOR THE INEPT!!


QUOTE (goedel @ 18 Sep 2007, 23:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Excluding politicians, the entire Board of Northern Rock and of course Sunday drivers out on weekdays...


And me when I do something wrong (frequently) while working on St. Lauren

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