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I know, some of you don't like it. You've been burned. Or your sister-in-law's brother's niece got ripped off once ... so you refuse to use it. And I part of me can fully appreciate that. But let's face it. "The buyer" has been getting ripped-off long before the Internet was brought into your home, and surely long before eBay has been around. If you're a smart buyer, 99.9% of the time you'll be alright.

Last Saturday, my son and I went 4-wheeling. Soon after we started riding I noticed that the rear brakes of my '96 Honda 300EX were failing miserably. Pretty much everything was shot. The lines, the master cylinder ... everything betwixt the pedal and the caliper. I made due without the rear brakes and lived to tell about it. Sunday afternoon rolls around, I get on eBay. Within minutes, I find exactly what I'm looking for. All for $29.95 to my door!!!! The parts show up on Wednesday, Thursday it's all installed and the bike's ready to go again this weekend. All for less than $30. And I ain't mad at nobody...

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....Are you in touch with your inner sniper?
You betcha! Ebay has been a great tool over the years!

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Like anything else, a SMART CONSUMER is the best weapon we have.

I've seen great bargains and expensive ones as well. I just bought a rear Metz (November 2006 vintage) for $110.00 to my door!

I probably could resell it for more if I cared.

I also routinely see the same tires north of $200.00.

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I LOVE E-BAY !!!!
I just bought a NEW $200.00 winch for less then $100.00. should be here today.
One key thing I do is NOT buy from anyone with less then a 97% positive rating

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One key thing I do is NOT buy from anyone with less then a 97% positive rating
Perhaps this would be a good thread to throw out tips to the eBay newbs out there.

The first thing I tell anyone new to eBay is this: If you're not going to use the Buy It Now option (for whatever reason), do not submit a bid until there's under 1 MINUTE LEFT to the auction. Decide before hand what you are willing to pay for the item (including shipping), and submit a bid with under 1 minute left. If you win the auction, great. If you lose, that's OK too. At least you didn't get into some crazy bidding war and pay $10 for a $5 item. Sellers LOVE bidding wars! I love it when I see one of my guitars selling for double it's value and there's still a day left to the auction.

Oh, and remember to keep hitting the F5 key (top row of your keyboard) to keep refreshing the time left of an auction.

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eBay rocks. I have bought all kinds of stuff. Vacuum cleaner, fish tank, motorcycle, pictures, candles...you name it and it's there. You are right to be smart and if something is too good to be true...

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Hi. My name is Darkmeister and I'm an Ebayoholic.

I'm addicted to it. And yet....and yet...! The thought of my (grown) kids blundering onto eBay petrifies me. I've come close to being burned a few times; never did, but learned a lot. I can see, though, where a newb user would be Alice in Wonderland.
Mind you - it IS a lot better/safer than even a couple of years ago. But, the bad guys never sleep. Now they are expanding their scams to Craigslist, Kijiji, local classifieds, you name it.
For me, eBay is not only great deals, but great products. My shoes and clothes are hard to find in Frankenstein sizes. Secondly, I abhor crap "made in China" and will gladly pay premium prices for quality. Most malls have chain stores; all of whom sell the same crap, small range of sizes, and so on. For me, eBay broadened the shopping grounds immensely. Har! Including my first LT! Yup, the previous ride was straight off eBay, sight-unseen.
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Only used it a few times myself , with wife/navigator as guide.All results were great. My son has the same problem as Darkmeister when it comes to shoes & clothes. He is 6'6'', 250lbs -280lbs depending on his workout schedule, & wears a size 16EEE shoe. Just try finding those at Payless shoe store. He has found several outlets for dress, casual & work clothes & shoes on e-bay. If the buyer is carefull, & does his homework, he should do OK.
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The first thing I tell anyone new to eBay is this: If you're not going to use the Buy It Now option (for whatever reason), do not submit a bid until there's under 1 MINUTE LEFT to the auction.
I use the free version of Vrane most of the time. Have been using it for prolly 10 years with 100% of my bids placed in the last 20 seconds, usually less than 10.

I have 2 ID's with a combined 'Feedback Rating' of about 650. About 70% buying & 30% selling. I have had only ONE bad transaction since starting. $8 CD came with an empty jewel case and seller (Marie's CD's, at the time the largest seller on eBay by far) made promised but never fixed it. So I've lost $8.00, but have saved thousands or possibly tens of thousands. Not to mention the ultimate convenience of having my goods dropped off at my back door.

I'm with you, Joe, eBay rocks! Runners up are Amazon.com and Craigslist for finding deals.
I just wish there was some real competition to make it even better. Yahoo screwed up in the early days and ruined their auction site when they started OVERcharging for listings. Before that they were larger & better than eBay.
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I just wish there was some real competition to make it even better. Yahoo screwed up in the early days and ruined their auction site when they started OVERcharging for listings. Before that they were larger & better than eBay.
Yep ... I sat on the sidelines and watched that all go down, as many of us did. I can't understand for the life of me how all of the brainiacs at Yahoo missed it. I guess they couldn't see the forest through the trees, or something like that. Maybe greed got the better of them.
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I've purchased some cornets from time to time. Will probably end up selling them sooner or later as none are suitable for professional use. At least have got an interesting display in my art studio ;-/
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Bidding in the last 10 minutes is not nearly good enough to avoid a bid up war. You have to bid in the last 10-15 seconds, and 15 seconds is time enough to allow experienced eBayers to out bid you.

I used to sit at the computer and bid in the last 6-12 seconds. Won a lot of bids that way. There were times that I could not be at a computer at the auction end time, so I started using AuctionSniper. That worked so good that now I use it all the time. It automatically bids in the last 7 seconds, unless you set it for a different time.

www.auctionsniper.com

If anyone wants to try it, let me know. If I recommend you, we both get 3 free bids.

After your 3 free bids, there is a small fee, but it is VERY low.

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Yep ... I sat on the sidelines and watched that all go down, as many of us did. I can't understand for the life of me how all of the brainiacs at Yahoo missed it. I guess they couldn't see the forest through the trees, or something like that. Maybe greed got the better of them.
Hey I wanna know why Ebay is liquidating 1500 employees? AND why they even need 1500 to begin with? Could it be those ridiculous fees and shit customer service FINALLY catching up to them?

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Hey I wanna know why Ebay is liquidating 1500 employees? AND why they even need 1500 to begin with? Could it be those ridiculous fees and shit customer service FINALLY catching up to them?
I hope so! Had a Ebay store. Had over 3000 transactions. Fees got so high and got burned by buyers so many times with no help from Ebay that I finally closed the account.

Personally....I hope they go under. They have ruined the market for just about every product there is.

Our search for the CHEAPEST price on everything has led us to this point.

I'll bet if there was tax on internet sales you would find that the amount of business on Ebay would fall drastically! Along with all the other internet sales.

I believe that would put business where it belongs....Main steet business's that support your local community and pay local taxes!

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I believe that would put business where it belongs....Main steet business's that support your local community and pay local taxes!
I buy quite a bit on eBay, a large part of it is used items that cannot be found locally. To me, eBay is a fantastic source of hard to find items. Locally one may not find an item at all, on eBay there may be several sellers.

Even on new items though, the price difference can be absolutely phenomenal. I just bought a set of 6 genuine new HP printer cartridges on eBay for $37 shipped, locally those same six cartridges would have cost $60 at the cheapest place I could find them (plus at least $5 fuel and 40 minutes time to go get them). Sorry, but I do not have extra money, or time to throw away like that.

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The majority of my transactions has been used guitars, or used something-or-another. That's not hurting the local store at all.
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The majority of my transactions has been used guitars, or used something-or-another. That's not hurting the local store at all.
That is exactly what Ebay was for. Used stuff!

Where it hurts is when they start buying their new products from Ebay because it was a few dollars cheaper.

Manufactures are starting to crack down on dealers that are selling their products on the internet. It devalues the brand, say Callaway Golf Clubs, to be sold on Ebay. IMHO

Why is it that the Federal and state Govt. are not taxing sales on the internet? Anybody know that one? Huge revenue loss!!!

I believe that we need to get back to basics with the economy. Bring jobs home from overseas...start taking pride in "Made in USA" again!
Put people to work!

I am officially off my soapbox!

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Why no taxes?

Well, for the most part things sold on e-Bay are used items. No taxes due when you sell person to person face to face through want ads, so why on e-Bay? Only the state governments have figured out how to tax the sale of used motorvehicles, no matter how many times they are bought and re-sold!

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That is exactly what Ebay was for. Used stuff!

Where it hurts is when they start buying their new products from Ebay because it was a few dollars cheaper.

Manufactures are starting to crack down on dealers that are selling their products on the internet. It devalues the brand, say Callaway Golf Clubs, to be sold on Ebay. IMHO

Why is it that the Federal and state Govt. are not taxing sales on the internet? Anybody know that one? Huge revenue loss!!!

I believe that we need to get back to basics with the economy. Bring jobs home from overseas...start taking pride in "Made in USA" again!
Put people to work!

I am officially off my soapbox!

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....Why is it that the Federal and state Govt. are not taxing sales on the internet? Anybody know that one? Huge revenue loss!!!
Along the same lines, if the tax code were eliminated, and a very small consumption tax replaced it, none of the "underground economy" would escape. AND Imagine all those worthless hacks that would be out of business?!

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none of the "underground economy" would escape.
Very true! Think of all the revenue generated by hookers, drug dealers and bookies! All cash deals, no tax collected.

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Very true! Think of all the revenue generated by hookers, drug dealers and bookies! All cash deals, no tax collected.
Why are you throwing your own peeps under da bus like dat, Rob?! Not cool!
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