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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:00 pm 


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:59 am 


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I can't figure out why this V8 juice costs $300. And it says 56 have been sold...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/V8-100-Vegetab ... 2123425507


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:36 am 


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^ any time a bunch of something has been sold, check the auction history

https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI. ... 7675.l8422

this person's feedback indicates it sold for $12, previously. mark-up on listings with numerous items is often used to make buyers think what they're going for is at a good price if everyone else is paying that much.

this instance is definitely funny, though, and makes me wonder given the amount of stuff the seller has up for sale if it's adjusted by a bot based on some sort of algorithm? like, once the stock gets low, maybe it auto-adjusts the price to something absurd? perhaps this is done when sellers want to capitalize on a sudden surge in demand for something they have, and once the price is inflated, they'll come back and do a manual readjustment?

it's kind of a mystery, but that's my best guess. i see things like this relatively often and get to hypothesizing.
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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:31 am 


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It's usually done to discourage anyone from buying for a certain length of time so the seller can restock/secure supply. I once asked some dude why he decided to jack the price up on his last thingamabob by 1200% (genuinely wondering if there was a sudden global shortage or extreme demand) and he said it was just so the listing wasn't terminated prematurely from running out. If someone actually does want to pay $300 for a bottle of V8, it's obviously worth someone's time to head down to the local grocery store until then.

Not the most sensible explanation but that's what I was told.


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:38 am 


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Bratwurst wrote:
It's usually done to discourage anyone from buying for a certain length of time so the seller can restock/secure supply.

That's exactly why I've done it in the past.
One instance was that I was using them as placeholders. I had like 50 free listings for the month and I didn't have photos and stuff ready to use them all, so instead of letting them expire I made a bunch of near duplicate 30 day listings with ridiculous prices and then updated them when I had the time.
Presently I have one item listed at a relatively high price because it is the only example available and I really wouldn't mind keeping it.


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:47 pm 


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Super-useful, one-of-a-kind gameboy attachment at bargain price here - grab it while you can! Just one day left :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:42 pm 


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That auction makes me uncomfortable. The description in this one has some subtle yet vague undertones that makes the whole thing seem really shady; especially that last sentence.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Neo-Geo-Rom-PULSTAR-EMS-F-S-retro-game/162730297704?hash=item25e37b4968:g:AcQAAOSwjZJZ9qAH


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:46 pm 


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Keep it in the dark! After all, the description is shady enough :mrgreen:


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Watch out, or the seller will get interpol after you. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:14 pm 


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Original Gradius arcade PCB for 1.7 million Japanese Yen:

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/o229521554

I guess the non-Bubble System version of Gradius is pretty rare :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
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What a... um... steal?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sega-Mega-Driv ... :rk:2:pf:0
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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:45 am 


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I know it's been a while since the last post in this thread, but I just had to share this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/AS-IS-Lenovo-L ... SwKsRemfvn

Bad motherboard, no RAM, no hard drive, damaged DC jack. 550 bucks gets me a chassis, keyboard, battery and screen, then?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:33 pm 


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Who the fuck would be desperate enough for parts that they'd pay over $500 for what is essentially a laptop-shaped paperweight? At that price you might as well invest your cash in a new machine!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:52 pm 


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Gotta love this "Mostly working" PS4. https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Sony-PlayStatio ... 3752221334

Listings like this should be "For parts or repair" only, yet this clownshow is trying to sell it for typical used, working prices and pass it off with this stellar description. "The disk drive is damaged it will only work once in a while but other than that it works perfectly fine."

I guess it's the world's first "Mostly digital only" PS4.


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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:54 pm 


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https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/k467534598

The cover art alone is worth the price of admission! :mrgreen:


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Haha spycam footage from a stripclub got an offical release?

The desperate perversion of the japanese strike again..
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 Post subject: Re: ebay (and other) auctions with insane prices
PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:00 pm 


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Got another eBay masterpiece over here. This guy apparently bought a small form factor PC, ripped the DVD drive out, shoved in a GT 1030, and is trying to pass it off as a "Gaming computer". With a starting bid of $140 USD. Not surprisingly, it ended with zero bids. :lol:

Photos are quite spectacular, too. Showcasing WoW Classic, Minecraft, and LoL, probably the only games you could actually play on this shitheap.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Gaming-Computer ... 4139121317


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