Posted by Call me D. on November 12, 2002 at 17:28:41:
I have read many posts on this and similar boards about how terrible eBay sellers are. It's true that the overall quality is in fact very low. There's the guy who lies regularly about the age of his prints, the guy who uses recent period names and the word genuine to add value to his reprints, the girl who claims to go around Tokyo to hunt for high quality prints but can somehow only seem to find mostly cheap reprints, and then there's the dealers with their "damaged" piles. And then there's me. WHere do I fit in? I don't. I have been trying to sell at eBay on and off for a year now. I watch as these sellers get skyrocketing prices for their reprints, and I wonder: why am I selling original things at all? Original prints are more expensive than reprints, and the number of people in the know are very small. Moreover, I've found that the same people who complain about the quality and manners of eBay sellers have terrible buying manners themselves. When I list original things well under their value, I can hardly get a bid until the last minute of the auction. It seems those in the know keep the prices low by not bidding at all, making others who don't know as much think the seller is not good or the item not worth it. Then they swoop in at the end and buy it up cheaply. I am frustrated by the whole process. I flirted a few weeks ago with selling reprints, and did much better than with original works, but this is not an area I want to go into - it's depressing. I also find it ironic that the very same people who complain about the ethics of eBay sellers are the ones who engage in this deceitful buying practice, which in effect drives anyone away who would offer a good product at a good price. It may be the way of eBay but it is far from ethical, and ultimately drives the quality down. So, before you complain about eBay sellers, please examine your own buying practices. If you are the type who would do anything to get the item for the lowest possible price, please do not be shocked to find sellers doing whatever they can to get things at the highest possible price. Keep in mind that buyers and sellers are not natural enemies - they rely on one another, and the quality of what a seller can offer is dependent on what buyers are willing to pay. If you're a last-second bidder, remember this before you complain about the quality of what's left after you've driven all the good sellers away.
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