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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:31 am 
 

Rakeesh sah Tarna wrote:reply delayed with crash but the same as above

- Seriously, i wouldn't pay more than $10 each for issues in the teens in this condition--maybe up to $20 each if they were perfect or closer to issue #10 than #20.  Paizo is currently out of stock, but they sell them for $15 each when in stock.

http://paizo.com/store/magazines/dragon/issues/1978
http://paizo.com/store/magazines/dragon/issues/1979
price means nothing if never in stock again. might as well say $0.99 each

http://paizo.com/store/magazines/dragon/issues/1980
http://paizo.com/store/magazines/dragon/issues/1981
43 is $43. 51 is $51. why? because of typo only not because rare.

13-21 23-29 more difficult than 7-12. low number does not mean more rare or more valuable even. common pitfall and same with jtas little wars others
however #12 for $15.50 was a good price for a fine copy


Point well taken regarding the Dragons not being in stock Rakeesh, but i didn't realize the teens were less common than the earlier issues--i wonder why the Acaeum price guide doesn't reflect this?  With the exception of #20, the rest fall progressively in suggested price and don't have any indication of being less common.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:12 am 
 

One seller had quite a banner night last night. You'll notice that many of these star the same winning bidder:



WG5 for $41:  
** expired eBay auction **




The Great Khan game for $82:  
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(here's one for $9.99 that ended a few days ago w/no bids:  
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And the big winner...H4 for $202.50!




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There were a couple others I debated adding as well from the same seller, like a $70 H3 and $110 Wild Things, but those were the cream of the crop. Guess someone's laughing all the way to the bank today...

  

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:29 am 
 

schief wrote:One seller had quite a banner night last night. You'll notice that many of these star the same winning bidder:

WG5 for $41:  
** expired eBay auction **


The Great Khan game for $82:  
** expired eBay auction **


(here's one for $9.99 that ended a few days ago w/no bids:  
** expired eBay auction **
)

And the big winner...H4 for $202.50!


** expired eBay auction **


There were a couple others I debated adding as well from the same seller, like a $70 H3 and $110 Wild Things, but those were the cream of the crop. Guess someone's laughing all the way to the bank today...




Probably the craziest prices I have seen on Ebay so far this year.




** expired eBay auction **




52.95 for a less than stellar copy of I6!?!?  8O



I did a search and checked the prices for some of the previously sold I6's.  I did find one that went to $27.99 that was sold by intelligator.




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But the rest of them that I found sold for around $10.  I noticed that one of the bidders bid particularly high on both of the auctions.  That guy definitely doesnt have much patience.  :roll:

  


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:50 am 
 

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Probably the craziest prices I have seen on Ebay so far this year.


** expired eBay auction **


52.95 for a less than stellar copy of I6!?!?  8O

I did a search and checked the prices for some of the previously sold I6's.  I did find one that went to $27.99 that was sold by intelligator.


** expired eBay auction **


But the rest of them that I found sold for around $10.  I noticed that one of the bidders bid particularly high on both of the auctions.  That guy definitely doesnt have much patience.  :roll:




Fioreddrale has bought a few items from me in the last couple weeks.  He paid fast, no problems at all.  That said, I have seen his name everywhere on Ebay the last few weeks and under no circumstance will he allow himself to get outbid.  It does not matter how high the price goes on an auction that he has decided to bid on, unless he has gotten sniped at the end, he has not allowed himself to lose, its almost like he has no ceiling price. :?  He bids as if it were the last time you will ever see this item for sale.



Lucyjoyce's comment about him being in the hospital above though kind of makes me wonder that perhaps maybe this is someone with a whole lot of money saved up and perhaps not a lot of time left on this earth.  Don't get me wrong, I am only specualting, but I am not sure I have seen someone who bids this high, this consistantly on so many common items.  I have seen some folks bid ridiculously high on some certain items before, even common ones that a simple search will reveal better condition items going on at the same time and going for the fraction of the price, however I am not sure if I have seen the likes of this guy yet.  

I mean even rich people have some sort of ceiling on thier bidding, a point where they look and say, thats enough, its just not even worth it to them at X price, I will move on to see if I can find the same item someplace else, but not this guy.  



This however has not happened with this guy yet and its been at least a good 3 or 4 weeks now at the same rate and he does not seem to be slowing down at all, even slightly.  It really makes me wonder if this guy isn't utterly insane, really really dumb or maybe just trying to get as much as possible while he still has the time to do it.  There really isn't much more of an explanation to it that makes any sense.


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:52 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:

Probably the craziest prices I have seen on Ebay so far this year.


** expired eBay auction **


52.95 for a less than stellar copy of I6!?!?  8O


Heh, I missed that one when I was compiling my post. By comparison, the $15.50 the same bidder paid for a decent copy of FR6 looks like a bargain.  :roll:



edit: I've noticed the same thing as bclarkie...it seems like at LEAST 50-60% of the auctions I've been watching end up with a bid from him, and he ALWAYS comes back when he's outbid, even on dirt-common stuff. I figured it was someone who got a fat check back from the IRS and decided to build up a D&D collection, but some of the prices he's paid boggle my mind.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:04 pm 
 

schief wrote:Heh, I missed that one when I was compiling my post. By comparison, the $15.50 the same bidder paid for a decent copy of FR6 looks like a bargain.  :roll:

edit: I've noticed the same thing as bclarkie...it seems like at LEAST 50-60% of the auctions I've been watching end up with a bid from him, and he ALWAYS comes back when he's outbid, even on dirt-common stuff. I figured it was someone who got a fat check back from the IRS and decided to build up a D&D collection, but some of the prices he's paid boggle my mind.


bclarkie has been outbidding me as well...

  


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:09 pm 
 

Fioreddrale has bought a few items from me in the last couple weeks.


A thought occured to me.  I looked at an auction today and saw where Fioreddrale was the high bidder.  I didn't waste time submitting a snipe because I knew the person would outbid me.  Could this be a tactic?  Spend a fortune winning auctions so when potential bidders see his name they don't bid and eventually the guy will start winning auctions with minimal bidding.  

If it is a tactic I don't think it makes much sense.  But keep a watch to see if the guy actually deters bidding.

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:16 pm 
 

Hal Jordan wrote:bclarkie has been outbidding me as well...


:D Yeah I've probably been outbid a time or two by him as well, but I was actually referring to old Fino there. Sorry I wasn't very clear...

  


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:17 pm 
 

Hal Jordan wrote:
bclarkie has been outbidding me as well...


Are you sure thats me?  :)   Seriously, I just counted my actual auction wins over the last 4 weeks and I only count 10 of them(my bidding/buying has decreased substantially over the last several weeks).  I have some other purchases, but they are all via BIN.


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:39 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:
Are you sure thats me?  :)   Seriously, I just counted my actual auction wins over the last 4 weeks and I only count 10 of them(my bidding/buying has decreased substantially over the last several weeks).  I have some other purchases, but they are all via BIN.


oops--i recognized your eBay name as a SELLER of stuff i've been watching...not as a winning bidder of stuff i've been watching.

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:52 pm 
 

Hal Jordan wrote:
oops--i recognized your eBay name as a SELLER of stuff i've been watching...not as a winning bidder of stuff i've been watching.

Sorry!


Oh no biggie. I was just a bit confused. :wink:


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:09 pm 
 

My countrymen did it again! A copy of the Vampire Dark Ages core rulebook in Italian went for 141 euros  8O . Check it here:  
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:18 am 
 

Here are some auctions that I was watching, but the prices just went "off the map":



11 Endless Quest books (used, but nice condition) :o


** expired eBay auction **




Mint condition L3 module :o


** expired eBay auction **




18 Super Endless Quest books (nice condition) 8O


** expired eBay auction **


This one was just whacked in my opinion, unless these are "Super Rare"


"Okay, we turn the corner and see a Purple 'WHAT' !?!" . . (the DM rolls a 20 or so he says) . . It all went black right after that.

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:25 am 
 

PM-Knight wrote:Here are some auctions that I was watching, but the prices just went "off the map":

11 Endless Quest books (used, but nice condition) :o

** expired eBay auction **


Mint condition L3 module :o

** expired eBay auction **


18 Super Endless Quest books (nice condition) 8O

** expired eBay auction **

This one was just whacked in my opinion, unless these are "Super Rare"




Actually, the Endless Quest books typically sell for $7-$9 apiece when I get them in, so the prices for full sets are about right.  I put in some token bids but got spanked good!  The L3, I'll never understand, when you can get the entire set for almost that much....



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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:52 am 
 

Badmike wrote:Actually, the Endless Quest books typically sell for $7-$9 apiece when I get them in, so the prices for full sets are about right.  I put in some token bids but got spanked good!  The L3, I'll never understand, when you can get the entire set for almost that much....

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I did not realize that the Endless Quest went for that much, as I bought some "new" ones (overstock) on eBay a few weeks ago for $1.25 or $1.50 each and the seller combined S&H, so they averaged out to $2.50 or $2.75 a piece. I really wanted the Super Endless Quest and the set of 11, as the Endless Quest ones I purchased are more aimed at kids and I remember the ones I posted here as being more "robust".


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:58 am 
 

The Endless Quest books are pretty hit and miss.  Some of the original series ones sell for more such as the Conan or Tarzan ones but they are pretty hit and miss too.  Usually the trouble is finding someone who starts them at a low price.  Part of the appeal is getting the collection in good shape all at once.  I am still missing a few books but don't really want to pay the shipping  to complete the set.

Some of the other sets like the Crimson or Heart Quest ones are a bit tougher to find too.  But I think those prices were still pretty crazy.

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:13 am 
 

Finoreddrale...  I actually did win an auction out from under him a couple weeks back.  I noticed he had bid on just about everything from a certain seller, and also that he wasn't allowing himself to be outbid regardless of the price.  Since I only really wanted one particular item from the seller, I used the following strategy (let me know if this is totally unethical) :): I bid on everything Fioreddrale had, let him jump me, bid again on everything to outbid him, let him jump me again, and then I only bid higher on the one item I actually wanted.  This was designed to send him the message, "Let me have this one thing, or you're gonna pay more for everything!"  Must have worked, 'cause he left that one alone from then on.  I probably paid a couple $ more than I would normally have, but at least I got the item (NM Rogues Gallery).

  

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:57 am 
 

Sniping seems the best way to beat out bidders like Finorredrale.  For some reason they rarely throw their highest bid out there and assume that they will win with a low bid.  Then they get outbid and have to bid again.  Snipe them at the last second and they won't have time to bid again.

Now I don't snipe very often, usually just put in my highest proxy bid.  If I get outbid at the end...no big deal.  Another one will come up eventually.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:29 am 
 

What the heck is this guy thinking?




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At least this one has the box and ref sheets:




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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:04 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:
At least this one has the box and ref sheets:


** expired eBay auction **




Guess he never did an ebay search when he wrote" I have not seen a complete set anywhere for quite a while. "   :roll:

  
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