Posted by Call Me G. (for Grateful) on November 13, 2002 at 22:35:26:
In Reply to: Re: eBay - One Seller's Experiences posted by Elmer on November 13, 2002 at 03:24:33:
Elmer, I appreciated this cheerful post. I'd hate it if I sounded like just some glum guy depressed about lack of success in a competitive market. I'm actually quite appreciative of those who have supported me and the moderate success I've had, though I frankly don't appreciate last second bidders who appear for the first time with 3 seconds left - and especially last second bidders who complain that there's nothing good for them to bid one! My main point was just to say that such bidders should realize that there is a connection between the "get it the lowest price" buying strategy and the lack of good things being offered.
: "Then they swoop in at the end and buy it up cheaply.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."
: Hello, I would like to give my 2 cents on this. I agreed with some of what you say but I think this is the freemarket, and it is ok. People have to be careful when they buy through ebay as Hans mentioned earlier, and many sellers are going to walk the fine line between honesty and deceptiveness in their wording to get their items sold and that may bump out the people who want to sell the higher quality items. It is difficult to regulate the way people word descriptions. Perhaps someday ebay will come up with a system to make sellers check whether the items is an original, reprint or reproduction and approximate age by a excel spreadsheet type of thing (may be someone can start this voluntarily).
: People will often wait until the last second to bid, but sometimes the price goes skyrocketing during the final minutes as well. This is ok too i think, some sites offer bonuses to early bidders. It can be difficult at times for the bigger Japanese print auction sites where the autioneer is well known to get good prices for higher quality prints and much harder for the ebay seller who many times is just a username. But the free market way is fine. You may want to think about getting a website or trying somehow to establish a name for yourself as one who sells quality items at a fair price. Indeed some well know print sellers can sell prints for more than the average price if that person is known for their honesty, knowledge, and quality of their prints. Best wishes.
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