I've finally given up on the petrol engined Flymo which has seen good
service for nearly 12 years. It keeps shedding the exhaust/manifold and
assosciated mounting bolts.
Having decided to get a new one I checked ebay. Lo and behold there was
one up there but it has just beem 'snapped-up' for £255 plus £15
Given that a quick google offers myriads of people selling them new at
£299 inclusive of delivery why would anyone pay £270 for a used one in
indeterminate condition, (the picture used was out of the catalogue not
the actual machine), from somone who only registered with ebay a few
days ago and has no seller history, and who wouldn't offer any further
info on its age/condition ?
Am I missing something here ?
Paul Mc Cann
I went to a conventional auction many years ago.
In the auction there was a batch of 10 counter-top pay phones. These
are the type of pay phones that you might find sitting on the
counter-top in a bar or restaurant.
I thought it strange that there were 10 phones in one job lot in the
Two people attending at the auction got into a massive bidding war and
one of them ended up paying a fortune for the pay phones - over
Had they asked the auctioneers before the start of the auction about
the history of the lots, then they would have discovered that the
phones had been put into the auction because they only took old coins
and could not be converted to take modern currency.
It really depends on how stupid you are when it comes to bidding. If you
put in your absolute maximum to start with and don't get tempted to up it
when you are outbid then you will not end up paying over the odds for
I generally snipe in the last ten seconds. It avoids bidding wars and is
explicitly acceptable according to eBay's T&Cs. You also can't be tempted to
increase your bid having previously calculated your acceptable price.
I disagree. I have had equal sucess both buying and selling. It is the
closest thing we have to a true market for secondhand goods. ie lots of
supply and demand and so things should (note should) shift at a fair price.
If you are stupid enough to get caught up in a bidding war, or give it a
title no one will search for then that is your fault.
I've had success at both buying and selling on Ebay.
A tip for buying is to search on items available to the U.K., not just
based in the U.K. I picked up some photo accessories from a gentleman in
Germany at a sensible price. The same items were fetching ludicrous
prices on the strictly U.K. items but there wasn't the same competition
on the continental stuff.
And Esnipe works a treat too.
Paul Mc Cann
Yesterday's auction at York Livestock Centre had over 200 mowers.
The rotary ones that made fair money were all metal decked, the plastic
decked such as Flymos were 'fernuthin' as the auctioneer kept saying.
An example: Clean GWO Flymo L470 19" 2-stroke £15 (£300 new)
One sold on eBay for £205 +20 a week ago from a new seller.
I'm tempted to become an eBayer if it's like this next month, or plant a
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