Thread: eBay enemies

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    • 14 years 4 months ago
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    If you're a collector who hunts on eBay, chances are that you'll run into certain other collectors bidding on the same things you are quite frequently. Most people don't get too worked up over it, I mean I'm just like 'Oh crap, there's that John10000000 guy again!' If they want to pay more than you, tough luck for you.

    Anyway, this morning I was bidding on a few auctions that one seller was listing. He had a whole bunch of great comic lots, so I was having a field day picking up complete mini-series and runs. One of the lots I wanted was Marvel's Secret Wars series, but I didn't win it. The seller also had the the Secret Wars II series going, so I bid on that. Surprise, I got into a bidding war with the guy who won the first lot.

    I ended up winning, and later went to check my email for the invoice, only to find a message from the guy who I beat on that auction:

    "you couldn't let me bid on those comics in peace."

    Heh. I have never received any communication from another bidder before. I don't know if it's a frequent occurence or not, but I'm very amused by it. Sure, when other people consistently outbid me I get a little annoyed, but like I said- it's only because I wasn't willing to pay more than they were. I'd never email another bidder in anger. What a psycho.

    Anyone else ever had experiences like this?
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    never had an experience like this, although im relatively new to the ebay scene. although, i've already had my fair share of frustrating outbids. i can't imagine getting that angry at someone enough to send an email, but i guess different people react differently to different situations. some people can't deal with not getting what they want i suppose.
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    It happens, happened to me a few times.

    Nobody really means anything by it, they just like to joke around. It's no different than buying a comic or toy at a convention, and the guy behind you comes up and says, "Oh man, I was just about to buy that, you lucky SOB!" But he says it with a grin, it's all in good fun.

    I won an auction for Soundwave's gun, got into a bid war (before I knew how to bid at the last second) and came out the winner. I was actually contacted via instant messenger and the guy says to me, "You stole my toy gun! I need it! Can you say computer virus? "

    Well I knew the guy was kidding, we had some small-talk about transformers and that was the end.

    Another time I was bidding on a box of little Revolutionary War figurines (I paint them and create dioramas as a hobby). This one guy was bidding in the same 4 auctions that I was, and it wasn't even from the same seller. I got 3 out of 4. I put in the high bid with 25 seconds left, he outbidded me with 7 seconds left. By the time I realized it, there wasn't enough time to think about spending more money.

    I contacted him through email, I just joked around about how fast he was able to outbid me and how he stole my figures.

    All in good fun.
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    Yeah, but usually when people are joking on the Info-mation Super Webway, they use an emoticon. This guy didn't.
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    Quote by Daniel85
    Yeah, but usually when people are joking on the Info-mation Super Webway, they use an emoticon. This guy didn't.


    I myself have never used ebay. I would be careful in future bids, but do not let it ruin your experience. The person may just forgot to put an emoticon in the message, or they may have just been that upset. Some people can get up set over some small thing.

    If this person does something to your computer or to you (witch they cant) you have nothing physical to go on (i.e. threats, or proof that they said or did anything) so I wouldn't let it bother you. You could print the email, then if something does happen, you have evidence. But like I said I wouldnt worry about it.
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    Once I had something like that happen to me. I was bidding on a lot of Alien and Predator figures and and decided to back off bidding until towards the end of the auction, I know people hate this but it wins auctions. So bids went up and right before the auction close I bid and won. I got an email from the guy that would've been the highest bidder saying nice bidding and something about being sneeky. I thought it was funny.
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    Quote by Badkitty
    Once I had something like that happen to me. I was bidding on a lot of Alien and Predator figures and and decided to back off bidding until towards the end of the auction, I know people hate this but it wins auctions. So bids went up and right before the auction close I bid and won. I got an email from the guy that would've been the highest bidder saying nice bidding and something about being sneeky. I thought it was funny.


    I don't bid that often on ebay. I mainly look for buy it now auctions. I mostly sell comics, role playing games, figures, HeroClix, DVDs and whatever else I can sell. But ebay can be very competitive and cutthroat. My father had me watching some auctions he wanted tonight actually. The auction I bid on had an insane proxy bid. It was at $61.00 when I placed the bid. I decided I should set my bid at $75. Turns out the bidder I was trying to beat had it higher than that. When the auction closed, I had the satisfaction of knowing the high bidder would have to pay $76. Yeah its petty spite, but big deal.

    If anyone is interested, my ebay user name is InfiniteZer0. Just cut and paste. Right now I have a small comic collection listed and some Warhammer player books for sale. I try to keep my prices reasonable. (End of shameless plug)
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    My ultimate eBay enemy is ms_princess_peach

    She goes after anything Nintendo(especially princess peach items incase her username didn't give it away) and uses one of those automatic bid placing programs that almost always outbid you at the last second.

    She then proceeds to place the said items in her very own ebay store at ridiculous prices.

    [url]http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&userid=ms_princess_peach&iid=5664230606&frm=284[/url]

    $34+shipping for a pvc figurine?
    [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/PRINCESS-PEACH-1989-FIGURE-super-mario-nintendo-yoshi_W0QQitemZ5664230606QQcategoryZ1469QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    $9+shipping for a fast food toy?
    [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/SUPER-MARIO-KART-64-double-dash-nintendo-yoshi-ds_W0QQitemZ6997950582QQcategoryZ223QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    $87+shipping for an empty candy tin?
    [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-PRINCESS-PEACH-CANDY-TIN-Nintendo-Super-Mario_W0QQitemZ5996908215QQcategoryZ1345QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    and worst of all:
    photos of her ugly ass dressed up as princess peach for $9+shipping
    [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/PHOTOS-OF-ME-AS-PRINCESS-PEACH-nintendo-non-hentai_W0QQitemZ5657753922QQcategoryZ60824QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem[/url]
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    and worst of all:
    photos of her ugly ass dressed up as princess peach for $9+shipping
    [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/PHOTOS-OF-ME-AS-PRINCESS-PEACH-nintendo-non-hentai_W0QQitemZ5657753922QQcategoryZ60824QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem[/url]

    I'd hit it. With a mallet. Sorry you couldn't get the items, although isn't it illegal to buy items just to sell them on again on Ebay?
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    Quote by Steven
    I'd hit it. With a mallet. Sorry you couldn't get the items, although isn't it illegal to buy items just to sell them on again on Ebay?


    Nah, not illegal. What she's doing isn't very ethical with raising the prices to insane levels. I heard of a guy who bought a bunch of vacuum tubes for .10 cents piece. He found them listed under the wrong category. When he got them, he put them under the correct category at the same price the previous seller had it at. They sold for over $100. Now that was ethical because he didn't jack the price up. Just sold listed them under the right category.
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    Yeah, jacking up the prices isn't illegal I'm almost positive, but that automatic bidding thing she uses definately is. It's not the "maximum bid" feature that eBay includes for you, it's a seperate program that puts in her max bid at the last second in order to keep the total price of the item down.

    Her high prices are only really hurting her. It's just a shame that some of those hard-to-find things in her store will sit on a shelf forever because nobody in their right mind would shell out the money for them.

    I actually tried to boycott her once(by saying I didn't sell to buyers with any negative feedback) when she bid on an item I was selling but I wasn't aware that you can't edit your buyer requirements after an auction has started.
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    At least you know for next time.

    "BUYER'S REQUIREMENTS - NO DYKES IN PINK DRESSES"

    Boy, that'll reel 'em in.
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    I'm definately going to start putting that in when I set up auctions.

    Has anyone ever tried bargaining with the person they are bidding against? for instance if you're bidding on a four item lot send a message to the other person saying "If you let me win this auction I'll sell you items B and C for at whatever price you'd like and keep items A and D"
    or vice versa and let them win if they agree to sell you half the lot.

    I've sent messages like that out of desperation a few times but it hasn't worked yet.
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    I can't say I have, seeing as I'm still fairly new to selling and buying on EBay... I imagine many of the people on there would have little to go on beyond hitting a Bid button.

    Unless of course there's a possible loophole on snatching the item away for their own. Holy cow, suddenly there's intelligence coming out of their ears.
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    Contacting one of the other bidders on a lot you're interested in is always a good idea. Its helped me out several times in the past when I only wanted one figure and the other bidder wanted a different one. You also don't jack up the price by getting in a bidding war.

    I don't get upset at people who always seem to outbid me. Once you start collecting a certain line, say transformers, you'll start to see the same group of people bidding against you. And out of that group, you start to recognize the ones that have to win it, no matter what it takes. When I see them bid, I know not to even try(unless I want to jack the price up for them ).

    My main pet peave with ebay is sellers that charge an insane shipping amount. I know a certain percentage of the shipping cost is needed for packing materials, but when you pay 10 bucks and the item comes on a 50 cent padded envelope with $1.50 stamped on the postage label...
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    I can certainly agree on the overcharged shipping issue. Any seller who charges 15 bucks to ship a small package is a real eBay enemy.
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    I just posted a pic on another thread of 2 Star Wars figures and 2 trading cards I just won, the jerk charged me 15 bucks for shipping! It will be interesting to see how much the actual shipping charge is when I get it. I think people jack up shipping charges when they don't get as much as they want for the item. When I sell something I only charge exact S & H, the only time I charge more is if I have to buy an envelope or box to send it in.
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    Alot of people post insane shipping costs in the auction listing, so the item sells for less and ebay doesn't get their rightfull cut. Its frustrating when you find something you think you're going to get a deal on, only to look down and see a $30 shipping charge.
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    Quote by Jason43

    My main pet peave with ebay is sellers that charge an insane shipping amount. I know a certain percentage of the shipping cost is needed for packing materials, but when you pay 10 bucks and the item comes on a 50 cent padded envelope with $1.50 stamped on the postage label...


    That's a trick dishonest sellers use to get out of paying high listing costs or to trick you into paying more for an item than it's worth. Once I bought an Old Navy shirt for my son where the lady didn't list a set price for shipping and said she only charged actual cost. So I took the chance and she tried to charge me $19 for shipping. The shirt wasn't even worth that much. I finally got her to lower the shipping to $4 and paid. She never sent me the shirt. Only time I've been ripped off on ebay and not got my money back.
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    I don't have a problem with them charging slightly elevated shipping costs (maybe 5 dollars tops) as long as they don't try and spring it on you at the auction close instead of posting it in the listing. The reason is because many times they start the listing at .01 with no reserve and of course they don't want to lose money when it's all over, at that point it's up to buyer's to factor in the costs of shipping and decide how much to bid.
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