I wouldn't have gone as far as to say it was sleazy. He could put a
reserve on it of $300. He could start it at $300. He could start it at
something less and submit his own bid of $300 (not allowed per eBay
rules). All three get the auction to the same point which is if you
want it you have to pay at least $300. Seems like a reasonable price
Good catch on the new buyer that just registered today. It could be a
legit buyer, but it sure seems coincidental. If it's the seller it
could backfire. Some buyers won't bid if someone else has already bid
so it could scare someone away rather than trying to indicate interest.
Larry C in Auburn WA
Easy boys. I have the same band saw, plus the riser block.
It does look rather new. Don't know why it needs a tuneup, but if
it's nothing serious, $300 is a good price, and I don't see anything
about "reserve not met". The reserves piss me off more than anything.
What type of game is that? Let us know the starting price and have
I don't think I completely agree. If something has a reserve of $100 but is
truly worth $1000, you may be missing a good deal by not bidding an honest
$200 or $500 up front..
Maybe someone that has been selling on eBay can give some insight.
Let's say you have a widget that cost $500 new, has little use, and you
really want to get a minimum of $300 for it. It is worth at least that
amount, probably more. You post it to eBay and the only bid you get is $20.
Do you really want to let it go for that? Of course not. Perhaps you just
did not get the traffic looking for widgets this week. Should you be forced
to sell at an unrealistic low price?
So, do you set a minimum of $250 or $300 or do you set a reserve. If the
minimum is set, people will hesitate to bit hoing to nab it for that price
at the end. --OR-- do you set a reserve and hope the bidding gets pushed up
to even higher amounts.
I've not tried selling anything on eBay, but if I did, I'd want to h ave a
minimum on valuable items. Peddling "yard sale" stuff for $20 would not be
a big deal, but cars, machines, etc, is a big deal.
Hi Edwin, I agree totally, no way would I not put either a reserve or a min.
starting price on something of value. They can bid on it if they want to,
if not, don't bid on it. I guess just another case of ppl. wanting
something for nothing.
First off, lighten up or stop posting eBay auctions here on
the wreck (1).
Second, the people who are casting the aspersions, they
ain't your public. The people who are looking at your
auction, they don't give a shit what anyone else says. They
only want to find the deal of the century.
Third, lighten up. We don't know you, we don't know where
you live and the truth of the matter is, we will have
forgotten you by this time next week.
(1) This is not an encouragement to stop posting auctions.
She-it and boy howdy you'd have to be a fool to not post
your auctions here. You can double the number on your hit
counter by posting the auction here.
Neither do we. OTOH, if I put a bandaw on eBay, I'd want to cover my ass
Any time you post in a public forum, you are subject to many opinions, be
they right or wrong. Most of the time it is best just to chuckle at them
and move on. The followups were more general comments about the auction
media that a personal attack on you and your auction. Yours just happend
tobe the example.
Good luck selling it and I really do hope you get a good price.
Sigh...don't take it personally, Tony...it is the way
of the Net. Folks tend to be a bit suspicious, and, rather blunter
than they might be in person. I don't think that Tony is
misrepresenting the saw in any way, or is trying to screw anyone.
Of course, that opening bid of $300 WILL scare off the folks
that want to STEAL the bloody saw!
For those of you that are concerned...Tell you what...
Send me a payment of $30 and a list of things you
want checked, and I will be happy ( If Tony is willing) to stop
by...look at them...and send you a notorized report. Cashier's
checks and money orders preferred. Paypal accepted...
As for Ebay...I don't so much mind reserve prices...
although it can be annoying. I do find, though, that a moderate
reserve, and, starting bidding off at $1.00 is a great way to
engender bidding interest. I am given to understand that
if an item with a reserve does not sell, that some private Emails
between an interested party and the seller can produce a
result satisfactory to both.
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