OT: Re: OT: Re: Periodic rants on eBay

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Thu Oct 25 21:20:50 2001

On Thu, 25 Oct 2001, Chuck McManis wrote:

> >Fine. How about the original Macintosh that went for close to $1,000
> >because it was "signed on the inside of the case by all the original
> >design team members"?
> Which why Ebay is so great. If that were the only sale of a Macintosh then
> one would foolishly get the impression that a Macintosh was worth $1000.
> However, when you plot the moving average of many sales, you get a much
> more credible number. (Haven't done that for Macs)

This would be true if it weren't for the fact that eBay doesn't keep their
auction data around for people to make these sorts of analyses.

Another reason why I hate them. They obviously aren't doing anything with
the data...why don't they let someone else do something with it? It's not
their data to begin with, in the same respect that they are not content
providers, therefore they don't own the content of each auction.

That's another thing that pisses me off about eBay, how they re-define
rules to suit their own greedy purposes.

> >I'm sorry that any small comment made about eBay has to erupt into a
> >worthless pro/con debate about it.
> We have seen the enemy and he is us :-)

Boy howdy!

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
Received on Thu Oct 25 2001 - 21:20:50 BST

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