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Katier
Posted 28/01/2009 - 10:40 Link
There's a 3rd reason people don't win

People overbid. I recently failed to win a Epson 2450 scanner... it went for 121 + 12p&p... to show how crazy that is I bought the 4490 brand new for only 144 inc P&P
shim
Posted 28/01/2009 - 11:29 Link
Katier wrote:
There's a 3rd reason people don't win

People overbid. I recently failed to win a Epson 2450 scanner... it went for 121 + 12p&p... to show how crazy that is I bought the 4490 brand new for only 144 inc P&P

You often get collectors who have more money than sense paying right OTT for stuff. One American is quite well known for paying daft prices at ebay auctions, way beyond what the items worth, (probably peanuts to him). I remember him paying 140 Dollars for an empty box It was actually the box to an early HP Calculator of the HP48 series. He must collect them complete with boxes and had this calculator, but no box

shim
bigcog
Posted 28/01/2009 - 12:18 Link
Katier wrote:
There's a 3rd reason people don't win

People overbid. I recently failed to win a Epson 2450 scanner... it went for 121 + 12p&p... to show how crazy that is I bought the 4490 brand new for only 144 inc P&P

Absolutely right. A sigma 10-20mm Pentax lens just went for 280 inc postage on there. 320 at SRS, and I guess if you shopped around you might get it for a little bit less. Prices on ebay after Christmas have gone a bit silly.
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johnriley
Posted 28/01/2009 - 12:39 Link
Maybe to some it's a bit like gambling - addictive. Or the thrill of the hunt?
Best regards, John
Mannesty
Posted 28/01/2009 - 12:43 Link
And then there are people who buy from forum members who join the forum just to sell something.

Feedback scores sometimes have no relevance.
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Mannesty
Posted 28/01/2009 - 14:16 Link
cardiff_gareth wrote:
Incidently, does anyone know if the *istD is weather proofed or not ?

Yes, it is not weatherproofed.
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iceblinker
Posted 28/01/2009 - 14:36 Link
Re eBay prices for used items: Sometimes they may nearly reach the price of a new equivalent item because the bidders are ignorant or get carried away, but other times it's because they are keen to save even a small amount of money and don't mind that the item is used, particularly when the seller seems reliable and assures that the item is in excellent condition. Also some of the bidders may be in a country where the item is more expensive or otherwise unavailable.

The funny thing is that you only think the prices are high when you're looking to buy yourself. Not always, but often it's a different matter when it comes to selling! Certainly not everything fetches a high price, even when the seller and listing is very good.

Re *ist D: It wouldn't be the resolution that would put me off, mainly, but the slower speed of the electronics compared to later models, and the fact it takes compact flash rather than SD cards.
~Pete
iceblinker
Posted 28/01/2009 - 14:42 Link
bigcog wrote:
A sigma 10-20mm Pentax lens just went for 280 inc postage on there. 320 at SRS, and I guess if you shopped around you might get it for a little bit less. Prices on ebay after Christmas have gone a bit silly.

40 quid is not a silly amount of money to everyone. When funds are tight, you need to make savings like this, despite the risks.

Anyway, I'm glad the lens is retaining its value so well in case I ever want to sell mine.
~Pete
Edited by iceblinker: 28/01/2009 - 14:44
shim
Posted 28/01/2009 - 15:14 Link
bigcog wrote:

Absolutely right. A sigma 10-20mm Pentax lens just went for 280 inc postage on there. 320 at SRS, and I guess if you shopped around you might get it for a little bit less. Prices on ebay after Christmas have gone a bit silly.

Blimey! I think I'll sell mine and get the Pentax 12-24mm that I should have bought in the first place.

What's all this about no money about.

Nothing new about decent SH goods going for high prices, It was always that way with SH shops. The main retailer has to turn over goods quickly these days, whereas the SH shop doesn't mind waiting 6-12 months for someone to buy the item at their price which might be 2-3 times what they paid for it. They double their investment in 6-12 months.

shim
Edited by shim: 28/01/2009 - 15:23
loskeran
Posted 28/01/2009 - 15:21 Link
iceblinker wrote:
bigcog wrote:
A sigma 10-20mm Pentax lens just went for 280 inc postage on there. 320 at SRS, and I guess if you shopped around you might get it for a little bit less. Prices on ebay after Christmas have gone a bit silly.

40 quid is not a silly amount of money to everyone. When funds are tight, you need to make savings like this, despite the risks.

Anyway, I'm glad the lens is retaining its value so well in case I ever want to sell mine.

To True, I will be selling some of my surplus kit and I just hope some one wants it for what it is worth,and if they want to pay over the odds for it, More to the fabled K30 fund or something very much like it.
Also in the Euro zone it pays for some one to buy from the UK, what with the Euro almost the same as the , so more bidders will be from over the channel.
Mike-P
Posted 28/01/2009 - 15:34 Link
It amazes me how many people will only sell in the UK though, especially with the pound at rock bottom ... it is about 30% down against the $ and at the moment .. all you need is a European and Yank to show an interest and they could be quids in.
johnriley
Posted 28/01/2009 - 15:56 Link
Paying for worldwide visibility on an item has a wonderful effect. I would never sell UK only or even Europe only.
Best regards, John
Anvh
Posted 28/01/2009 - 15:58 Link
Mike-P wrote:
It amazes me how many people will only sell in the UK though, especially with the pound at rock bottom ... it is about 30% down against the $ and € at the moment .. all you need is a European and Yank to show an interest and they could be quids in.

It's only interesting for EU countries I think, we don't need to pay import taxes and such since the UK is part of that. But your prices has come up quite a bit this month and yes it's still cheaper to buy at your place with postage but the difference is getting so small that it's better to buy at your local shop. If something might be wrong with the item and you need to send it back to get it replace it will be more expensive, only the expensive lenses might be an option to buy in the UK
Btw Chris sends outside the UK and that's the only one I would order from if it's worth it
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iceblinker
Posted 28/01/2009 - 16:11 Link
I make most of my items avalaible worldwide, and sell to plenty of buyers overseas, but the most valuable ones I'm wary of shipping to any country that has a dodgy reputation for delivery, even if I used an insured and tracked service.

I know there is various protection for sellers, but I don't know that it will always really protect me from PayPal strikes, etc.
~Pete
loskeran
Posted 28/01/2009 - 16:28 Link
I have sold to all over the world, when i had collectors cameras even South America with no problems at all, apart from one attempted scammer.
Some postal systems in Europe are slow but they get there in the end.
Just give a good service and don't "over state" an item and every one is happy, when buying just look at the sellers feed back, that will tell you everything, if it looks wrong it is wrong.

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