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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby thommo09 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:49 pm

amrjon wrote:Good one.
Makes sense though, it helps to keep you brain new.
Only 95% though, probably need to spend more to keep your brain 100% new.


Apparently it didn't work too well for him. :lol: :twisted:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby slammed » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:49 pm

Yeah watched the end of that auction, the seller would be a bit unhappy,
he originally had a buy it now at $750 i think the last time it was listed.

Good buy at $357.....
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby hartleymartin » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:25 am

slammed wrote:Yeah watched the end of that auction, the seller would be a bit unhappy,
he originally had a buy it now at $750 i think the last time it was listed.

Good buy at $357.....


F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***! F***sticks!

You can bet that was a good buy! I'd say a mid-1970's model.

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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby slammed » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:18 pm

Missed out on another skidstar steel,
Some one got an absolute bargain.........
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... K:MEWAX:IT
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby elk » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:16 pm

Well , I wouldn't say these bikes are junk but it'll be interesting to see if they get bids .

A nice early Oppy .

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 823wt_1167

And one where the bloke wants to recoup the cost of the wheels . I reckon he's dreaming but you never know . To my eyes it's pretty ordinary .

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 674wt_1167
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby im_no_pro » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:35 pm

elk wrote:And one where the bloke wants to recoup the cost of the wheels . I reckon he's dreaming but you never know . To my eyes it's pretty ordinary .

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 674wt_1167


I lol'd at this one this morning.... looks like nobody was overly keen, zero bids :lol:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby sixx » Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:08 pm

im_no_pro wrote:
elk wrote:And one where the bloke wants to recoup the cost of the wheels . I reckon he's dreaming but you never know . To my eyes it's pretty ordinary .

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 674wt_1167


I lol'd at this one this morning.... looks like nobody was overly keen, zero bids :lol:



Bars and saddle are nice.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby im_no_pro » Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:55 pm

sixx wrote:
im_no_pro wrote:
elk wrote:And one where the bloke wants to recoup the cost of the wheels . I reckon he's dreaming but you never know . To my eyes it's pretty ordinary .

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 674wt_1167


I lol'd at this one this morning.... looks like nobody was overly keen, zero bids :lol:



Bars and saddle are nice.


True, there are nice things about it. It was more the opening price that had me trying to contain my mirth.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Johnj » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:52 pm

elk wrote:Well , I wouldn't say these bikes are junk but it'll be interesting to see if they get bids .

A nice early Oppy .

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 823wt_1167



Mmm, the Oppy is rather lovely. Pity about the black paint, though even that now has some patina. The price is high, but I think its an interesting strategy. Getting a good price on eBay depends on having 2 bidders who really want the item. A high starting price ensures that if there's only 1 bidder you'll get a decent price. Though a repainted 5 Star didn't get a bid at a starting price of $350, but when started at $10 or whatever it went to $370.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby toff » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:50 am

Johnj wrote:Mmm, the Oppy is rather lovely. Pity about the black paint, though even that now has some patina. The price is high, but I think its an interesting strategy. Getting a good price on eBay depends on having 2 bidders who really want the item. A high starting price ensures that if there's only 1 bidder you'll get a decent price. Though a repainted 5 Star didn't get a bid at a starting price of $350, but when started at $10 or whatever it went to $370.


You are right, John. To get a good price on Ebay, it is usually a good idea to start with the lowest price possible, and not have a reserve. Buyers (and potential buyers) want to be certain that the item is going to sell. If you put a reserve price, potential buyers may be reluctant to bid since they don't know whether the reserve will be met. Similarly, a high opening bid price forces the first bidder to take a huge punt, and possibly pay way more than required. On the other hand, an auction with a low start price and no reserve will ensure the winning bidder gets the item. This gets everyone particpitating, since there is no chance that the item will be there cheaper next week. All buyers can also see what the true value of an item is, based on the bids offered. Other essential strategies for getting the best price on items for sale is to have a detailed and accurate description covering the item's condition and age. The better the description, the more likely the item will turn up in searches. I'm not talking about keyword spam, but proper descriptions. The more pictures the better too. Anything which removes uncertainty for the buyer is good for raising the final price.

As a potential buyer on Ebay, I use these strategies in reverse, and actively seek out auctions where the descriptions are poor, or even wrong. Recently, I bought a pair of C-Record era Chorus hubs, still in their original box, for $45. I have seen used versions of the same hubset sell on Ebay for $450. The only difference is the description, the quality of the pictures, and whether international shipping was included.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby brendan03 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:29 pm

On the "not old junk" end of the spectrum, check out this guys items for sale:

http://shop.ebay.com.au/casanova9898/m. ... ksid=p4340

:shock:

Man there is some tasty gear there! *drool*
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby im_no_pro » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:14 pm

brendan03 wrote:On the "not old junk" end of the spectrum, check out this guys items for sale:

http://shop.ebay.com.au/casanova9898/m. ... ksid=p4340

:shock:

Man there is some tasty gear there! *drool*


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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby lethoso » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:17 pm

brendan03 wrote:On the "not old junk" end of the spectrum, check out this guys items for sale:

http://shop.ebay.com.au/casanova9898/m. ... ksid=p4340

:shock:

Man there is some tasty gear there! *drool*


damn, some of that stuff is incredibly nice :/
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby toff » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:33 pm

lethoso wrote:
brendan03 wrote:On the "not old junk" end of the spectrum, check out this guys items for sale:

http://shop.ebay.com.au/casanova9898/m. ... ksid=p4340

:shock:

Man there is some tasty gear there! *drool*


damn, some of that stuff is incredibly nice :/

Yep. His name is David, and he's a great Ebay asset. I have picked up a few things from him over the years - most recently a set of Cinelli Criteriums, and a white Rolls saddle - both new. The Rolls saddle has a 1986 date stamp on it, so it's a genuine retro item, not a modern repro. If you find something you like, keep your eyes open. Chances are he has a few of them, and will list the same item again. I bought a set of Campagnolo 8-speed Bullet mountain bike shifters for around $30 once from him, which is well under half what the previous 3 sets had sold for. I usually try to get 2 or 3 items from him at the same time though, because his postage is not the cheapest.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby toff » Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:00 am

We all like to have a laugh at those sellers on Ebay who place keyword spam throughout their listings, or worse yet, go out of their way to misrepresent their items with descriptions that are wrong. Well, hat's off to this Ebay seller, who decided to do it in reverse! A Shogan Trail Breaker, listed as a Shogun Trial Creaker. Adding "creaker" to your title is an interesting choice for attracting bidders, no?
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby toff » Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:36 am

And now for today's bargains...

1) Plastic toeclips.
2) One used Look cleat without the rubber insert. Nevermind that Probikekit have been selling new pairs of these for $7.
3) Tyre puncture repair kit. I have the same multi-tool being offered in this auction. I bought it at a $2 shop, and paid... $2.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Dxs » Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:11 pm

time for profit then?
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Johnj » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:16 pm

sixx wrote:this looks slick.


There's another Healing track bike lurking on eBay at the moment. It has been misidentified and is probably too expensive, but it is complete, albeit repainted.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby familyguy » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:29 am

Speaking of mis-identification:

CENTURIAN Sid Patterson

Where do people pull these prices from?? Srsly?? It makes the one I bought nearly three years ago for $57 seem like an underpriced bargain...

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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby toff » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:07 pm

I am posting this here so that I do not get tempted to bid. It's the only complete C-Record set I've ever seen, and it's not going to be cheap. :cry:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby im_no_pro » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:11 pm

toff wrote:I am posting this here so that I do not get tempted to bid. It's the only complete C-Record set I've ever seen, and it's not going to be cheap. :cry:


ebay listing wrote:So the bike was driven ONLY a few miles.


Driven?? :lol:

Edit: just realised its in deutschland so probably ESL. Thought it was in US at first.
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