Reply 48000 of 50559, by Ozzuneoj
Meatball wrote on 2023-02-12, 18:55:
..."stinking tower"... lol! […]Ozzuneoj wrote on 2023-02-12, 18:48:
Buy it Now tends to bring much more reliable prices for niche items like the retro PC hardware because there are only so many bu […]BitWrangler wrote on 2023-02-12, 14:57:
Kind of a funny line really when the way to get full market value is to use eBay how it was originally set up... as an auction site, list as auction.
Some ppl like "I want this gone NOW!" though.
Buy it Now tends to bring much more reliable prices for niche items like the retro PC hardware because there are only so many buyers shopping for these items at a given time. It just takes research and\or experience to know what the item is worth and why.
If you list an item as an auction and two or three people who would buy it forget to bid or just plain overlook it, you could end up selling it for far less than it would have gone for if it had just been available to buy instantly or if it had ended an hour earlier, or maybe two days later. Listing it as an auction may get close to what some people would pay for it, and there's a chance it may go over what you would have listed it for Buy It Now, but it really depends on the buyers who are searching when your item is available, and the goal of the seller. Like you said, some just want things gone right NOW, and a quick search would get them a baseline price they could undercut to ensure a quick sale. Some want things gone right NOW and also don't have a few minutes to type a word into a search box and click "search", and that's how we end up with deals like that $35 Voodoo 5.
It is a bit baffling in this situation though because that seller also has whole desktop computers and other retro computing items for sale. Like... you're willing to pack and ship a stinking tower but you don't think to look up an item before you list it? 😮 It's not like it's an unobtainium part that has no recent listings to look at... it's one of the most frequently-overspent-on retro PC items.
Anyway... this is part of what makes collecting these things fun in my opinion. You just never know what you'll find.
..."stinking tower"... 🤣!
Anyway, to the seller's credit, when I contacted them to request the card be shipped in an ESD bag to prevent further damage (if any), they responded positively, and noted they should have "charged $134.95 for the card, but oh, well." Now there's some integrity.
Even at $134.95 it still would have been underpriced, though, supporting your overall point.
Not sure how they got that price, but yeah, that's good of them to continue with the sale even after realizing it was worth more. If they'd realized they could have blown the dust off and probably gotten $300 for it untested I don't know how they'd feel... 🤣
Honestly, if a seller suddenly realizes they listed it too low after I've sent payment, I'm not going to argue with them if they decide to cancel the order. I might let them know it feels bad and they should do their research BEFORE listing, but until the moment the carrier picks it up it is their item to do whatever they want with. I've gotten enough good deals over the years that I'm not going to make crazy demands about other people's stuff. Doesn't mean I'm not going to try to pick up a good deal when I see one though. 😀
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.