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 cray- » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:25 pm

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frailer5 wrote: Monopoly is alive and well on the 'net.



The opportunity is there, but others have tried before (and failed), there is a couple at least that come to mind although the names escape me.


Oztion? Now QuickSales apparently: http://www.quicksales.com.au/

What annoyed me about Oztion (apart from the fact that it had sfa decent stuff listed) was their anti-sniping setup. The auction would be extended by a certain amount of time for every bid placed in the closing moments. This was great for the sellers as it extended bidding wars but made it much harder to grab a bargain. Most of the listing were drop-shipped junk. I'm not sure how much the site was advertised but it's hard to compete with something as ubiquitous as eBay.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby munga » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:57 pm

Put a fixed price and say "the item is advertised elsewhere and may be sold outside of eBay" inviting the buyer to contact you directly and arranging a transaction outside of eBay. You can still use postural if you want, but you can cancel your advertisement and save 10%. edit: postural is my phones version of PayPal :)
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby munga » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:01 pm

Particularly handy for local pickup items
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:19 pm

postage charge is an issue that local buyers don't have to contend with to this extent.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby frailer5 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:13 pm

Oztion! I'd forgotten about them. :lol: Well, the 'net's a bit more complex and matured since then, maybe. I'd be happy to give business to an alternative if it got up and running and reached some sort of sustainable size. Using gumtree is fleabay1 to stripped-down fleabay2. Having said that I've made a coupe of good purchases on it. :|
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby barefoot » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:08 am

I remember when stuff.com.au and sold.com.au were the two big auction sites, before ebay went local. I'm talking late '90s.

Stuff struggled to make critical mass... there just wasn't enough listings to make it worth most people's effort to look there. I can't remember whether it faded away before or after EvilBay arrived and superceded everything in its path.

There are other auction or classified sites now, as there have been all along. Gumtree is the only one that has shown any sign of reaching critical mass. The others... nobody lists there because nobody shops there, and nobody shops there because there's nothing listed there.

Ebay is squeezing us to see how rude a fee it can get away with, without ruining the monopoly. If any newcomer starts to make some headway, I reckon eBay will drop prices to squeeze them out. Until then... we're a cash cow.

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

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:31 am

Gumtree is owned by eBay is it not?
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Dan » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:04 am

singlespeedscott wrote:Gumtree is owned by eBay is it not?


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

Postby Kermit TF » Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:21 pm

Wouldnt it be great if this website had its own auction section that counted down to a set finish time...basically copy evilbay, charge a token amount and away we go.. :mrgreen:
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Postby morini » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:42 pm

I like that idea a lot. Can we, huh, can we?
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby LG » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:57 pm

I sold a bike on ebay a month or so ago and must say the fees at the end of the month really surprised me. I did try to sell the bike first on gumtree (with a link in the 'bikes elsewhere' forum here) without success. The auction site does reach a reasonable audience and my item did sell for more on ebay than I listed it on gumtree, but I still feel ripped off by the fees and in the end received less than I would have received from my gumtree listing. With the current fees, as a seller, ebay is my option of last resort to be avoided wherever possible.

The fees on gumtree are another bugbear of mine now as well. No way I'm paying to bump my listing to the top, just copy and paste and start again.

An interesting listing on our local gumtree http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/hobart-r ... 1024678795
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby bychosis » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:04 pm

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

Postby frailer5 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:28 am

Well, no, it's not a pushbike, otherwise I'd be pushing it...
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:49 pm

Probably one of the more expensive Shogun's on the market right now??

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

Postby cray- » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:15 pm

FuzzyDropbear wrote:Probably one of the more expensive Shogun's on the market right now??
Bargain Shogun-Special-Edition


I am by no means an MTB expert, but I think he accidentally typed an extra "0" on his price. Dreamin'.
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Postby QuangVuong » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:16 pm

Really clean Malvern Star Kinetic with Suntour Edge drivetrain. Brakes and levers are 600EX.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Paul 1965 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:53 pm

cray- wrote:
FuzzyDropbear wrote:Probably one of the more expensive Shogun's on the market right now??
Bargain Shogun-Special-Edition


I am by no means an MTB expert, but I think he accidentally typed an extra "0" on his price. Dreamin'.

Haha, they didn't type an extra"0" they typed an extra four "0"s :lol:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:03 pm

Haha you would hope it was a typo ;-)
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:05 pm

You'd think if he was gonna ask those dollars for something that would've retailed <$500 he would have at least added some lens flare :roll:
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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 frailer5 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:40 pm

This Geoff Scott would be a dilemma. Leave the paint job? :lol:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:02 am

frailer5 wrote:This Geoff Scott would be a dilemma. Leave the paint job? :lol:


Take it to the UK and double your money? :lol:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby frailer5 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:09 am

ldrcycles wrote:
frailer5 wrote:This Geoff Scott would be a dilemma. Leave the paint job? :lol:


Take it to the UK and double your money? :lol:

:lol: Are they still falling for it over there? It's about 1cm. too big, and about 250 dolares over, for me. Very nice bicycle, though. A promo prize, unridden? No doubt.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:32 am

frailer5 wrote:
ldrcycles wrote:
frailer5 wrote:This Geoff Scott would be a dilemma. Leave the paint job? :lol:


Take it to the UK and double your money? :lol:

:lol: Are they still falling for it over there? It's about 1cm. too big, and about 250 dolares over, for me. Very nice bicycle, though. A promo prize, unridden? No doubt.


Yep, they love it over there, good laugh can be had from the new Foster's ads they had on their TV, actually, some of them were just plain stupid... The missus' family over there couldn't believe that we don't have any over here....

Nice bike though, I agree, about $250 over what I would pay for it...
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