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Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:22 pm 
 

nevcoup wrote:two new bidders with low feedback. Maybe this isn't what it seems, but it seems shady


The two bidders are new but they have bid on a lot of auctions from other sellers too - looks okay to me.  These are the type of people that drive Ebay - noobs who don't know they can find items cheap so bid up high or buy BINs.

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:26 pm 
 

Fair enough :lol:
Maybe it is lightly shady: "dappled shade"
I wish these noobs would find MY auctions.... 8O

  

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:06 am 
 

nevcoup wrote:Fair enough :lol:
Maybe it is lightly shady: "dappled shade"
I wish these noobs would find MY auctions.... 8O


I just wish ANYONE would find mine... and BID! :lol:


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:15 am 
 

nevcoup wrote:The price caught my eye. The bidding seems suspicious. Any thoughts?

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:?
Another one: same seller
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0663026309

two new bidders with low feedback. Maybe this isn't what it seems, but it seems shady




35 and 42 are considered low feedback bids now?  :?


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:27 am 
 

:lol:

Yes I noted that too.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:07 pm 
 

Invincible Overlord wrote:35 and 42 are considered low feedback bids now?  :?


The 42 now 45 feedback guy still has the new to ebay tag on him so they are new.  The feedback has been moving up steadily too.  But ya, I would probably consider under 50 a low score on Ebay.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:12 pm 
 

The 35-ish buyer does have a 41% bid history with the same seller. The other must have come into a ton of money recently. He's bidding on everything under the sun.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:39 pm 
 

SimperingToad wrote:The 35-ish buyer does have a 41% bid history with the same seller.


That's a bit of a misleading stat.  It should also be pointed out that this is based on data from the last 30 days so its not a long history with this seller and that 3 of the last 9 items he bid on were from this this seller.  The other 6 items he bid on were from 5 different sellers.

I think the important stat to look at is that he has bid on 9 items from 6 different sellers.

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:47 pm 
 

SimperingToad wrote:The 35-ish buyer does have a 41% bid history with the same seller.




Here's what I don't like about this stat.  Its too easy to inflate without having much meaning.



Another example (okay a bit artificially created but still valid):



http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... e_ViewLink



This buyer has a 46% bid rate on Seller 1's auction but has bid on 19 auctions from 15 different sellers.  Probably wouldn't be considered a shill bid. Or ... maybe it would - hiking up the price on a fellow colleague for shits and giggles :)

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:20 pm 
 

Here's a new one for the list:




** expired/removed eBay auction **




Initially the seller had the book listed with a starting price of $10 and $45 for shipping within Canada.  Now its $20 with a $35 shipping cost :)



I think it weighs under 500g so could be shipped for $3 within Canada and if over then $12.  I'm not sure if the selling is just trying the usual Ebay scam or is just clueless.  I messaged them and they seem to be wanting to use the most expensive way to ship the book.  Not sure who would want to pay an additional $35  for shipping on any of these books - but I guess I'm not sure anyone would want to pay $20 as a starting bid on any of them either.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:49 pm 
 

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This seller is Definately on my no longer even look at the listings list.



Bottom line is that I SHOULD have obeyed the standard rule for buying on E-Bay.

If a Sellers feedback is at or below 98% better to AVOID!

And shipping time has NOTHING to do with this one.

Not shipping method either, though that ticked me off too.



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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:05 am 
 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... TQ:US:1123



As this is a Deities and Demigods book, I asked the seller how many pages it has, and also asked about Local pickup as the store is less than 15 miles from my house.

Apparently the seller has listed two of them... (Did not notice the other one at that time).



Here is the response.

they are both 128.. and sorry as you can see if there is no shipping, then id be selling this book for….. 1.00?
I do at least plan to make some money when I post stuff on ebay
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Thanks for the q's.
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The listing is an OPEN AUCTION with a starting price of .99 cents, not a $1 BIN...

The listing shows a shipping charge at $14 for Economy Shipping (Media Mail) for ONE book to send it 15 miles...  :lol:



I have already reported the seller to E-Bay.


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:32 am 
 

The seller I posted about is just clueless.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0726036127



The seller's response to me suggesting alternative methods of shipping:



"I would expect most buyers out there looking for a collectors guide in mint condition would want it shipped this way to them."



Because what collector in Canada wouldn't want to pay $20 + $35 shipping for this treasure.  That's only $20 + $65 shipping if you are in the US :)

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:55 am 
 

Mars wrote:The seller I posted about is just clueless.


** expired/removed eBay auction **


The seller's response to me suggesting alternative methods of shipping:

"I would expect most buyers out there looking for a collectors guide in mint condition would want it shipped this way to them."

Because what collector in Canada wouldn't want to pay $20 + $35 shipping for this treasure.  That's only $20 + $65 shipping if you are in the US :)




I asked for a shipping quote to the United States and requested the cheapest possible method.  Let's see what happens.


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:28 am 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:
** expired/removed eBay auction **


As this is a Deities and Demigods book, I asked the seller how many pages it has, and also asked about Local pickup as the store is less than 15 miles from my house.
Apparently the seller has listed two of them... (Did not notice the other one at that time).

Here is the response.


The listing is an OPEN AUCTION with a starting price of .99 cents, not a $1 BIN...
The listing shows a shipping charge at $14 for Economy Shipping (Media Mail) for ONE book to send it 15 miles...  :lol:

I have already reported the seller to E-Bay.




Hereis a common example of padding shipping for fee avoidance. He has been reported at least twice, and my bet is that ebay does nothing, except to come out with a policy to charge all sellers fees on their shipping cost.


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:21 pm 
 

My bet is they both get pulled.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:37 am 
 

benjoshua wrote:
I asked for a shipping quote to the United States and requested the cheapest possible method.  Let's see what happens.


He changed the shipping to $20.00 to the US.  Too little, too late.


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:25 pm 
 

benjoshua wrote:He changed the shipping to $20.00 to the US.  Too little, too late.


At $20, he is still charging at least a $12 handling fee.  $8 gets you a bit more than 1 pound by small packet to the US; $12 gets you a bit more than 2 pounds.

I noticed that he added a cheaper price within Canada too - but again the handling fee is still $8-$10.

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