eBay – gotta love it

if you’re a seller!

Just for the heck of it, I’ve been keeping a watch on the auction for an ATS-3B that ended tonight.  I was watching a bidding war right before my very eyes.

The final winning bid was $317.00 – not bad for a kit that originally sold for $160.00.  Admittedly, it is assembled and comes with a carrying case.  But that is almost double the original price.

I mentioned before that I think that eBay is a very good thing for sellers.  You have to wonder how many items end up garnering a bigger selling price than they ever would in a classified ad situation.  The “macho” of not allowing yourself to be outbid? A feeding frenzy – like sharks drawn to prey? Or is it just consumer ignorance?

An ATS-3B for over $300, that NorCal Doublet the other week for $60. Admittedly, I’m not in the market for either item, so maybe if I was, those prices would not seem so inflated.

It will be interesting to see what that Palm Mini Paddle and Code Cube end up going for.  Right now, they’re at $90.00 with about 40 minutes to go.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “eBay – gotta love it”

  • N2EXH Jim Doggett:

    The old saw was what a willing buyer would pay to a willing seller. Well, they just have more willing people available on Ebay than in your average classifieds.

  • Cliff Fox KU4GW:

    I sold one of my Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V’s on Ebay a while back after paying out $587 to repair damage to it from a lightning strike that entered through the CAT board, no coaxes were connected! Well, I wanted at least $1200 for the rig so I put a reserve price on it of $1200 and a Buy-It-Now price of $1550. I listed it on a 7 day auction and figured it would probably take that long to sell it and much to my surprise and delight it sold with the Buy-It-Now price in only 86 minutes after I posted the auction! The new owner has emailed me and is loving the rig and says he is having a blast with it! I really like Ebay as a seller, but also as a buyer. I bought a Kenwood TS-570D on there and ran it for 3 years and got exactly what was advertised!The main thing to be concerned with on Ebay is to always check the sellers feedback rating and to read any negative feedback the seller has received. That way you won’t get burned on any Ebay deal. Also, always pay with either a credit card or Paypal so you have buyer protection in place on your purchases. When I sold the Mark V I accepted Paypal and it took me a month to actually get my money because Paypal now will not send the seller his money until the buyer has actually received the merchandise and has had at least 3 days to evaluate it. The buyer has to go to Paypal’s website and let them know that they are satisfied with their purchase before Paypal will release the money to the seller.

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