Microdata "Microprogramming Handbook"

From: Pat Finnegan <pat_at_purdueriots.com>
Date: Fri Jan 25 13:39:01 2002

On Fri, 25 Jan 2002, Ian Koller wrote:

> Hello Pat,
> As for the ones that complain about prices of goods being
> sold on eBay as being so high, these people have been deemed
> unsuitable for employment in our organization for being too
> ignorant of commerce and economics. It's indicative of serious
> flaws in personality, attitude, and intelligence. Generally
> things on eBay often sell for a third to an eighth ( and
> sometimes even 1/25 ) of what they are actually worth, and
> we have hard data to prove that fact. So any that end up out
> of work, just know, we'll learn more about what you're really
> like by reading the messages you've posted, than we'd ever learn
> in an interview. And we do research prospective applicants
> in this manner. Thanks Google.

Hmmm. I guess then an xBox being sold at a price above the MSRP is not
'too high' of a price. Or the example of dead UPS's being sold for $50 a
pop. Or a CISC AS/400 being sold for $140k. Sorry, but a lot of the time
things are available for much lower prices outside of eBay than they are
on eBay. Ignorant people go around buying and selling things for much
more than they're worth on eBay.

I personally have no problem with bid sniping. I've done it myself a
number of times. The problem lies in the fact that some people do not
have enough FINANCIAL RESOURCES to be bidding 2x what something is worth
on eBay. As a college student that has just been laid off from my job at
Purdue (!) I know what it's like. Sure, there are a lot of good deals to
be had on eBay, but there are also plenty of bad deals.

My $0.02 cents ($0.03 cdn)

-- Pat Finnegan
Received on Fri Jan 25 2002 - 13:39:01 GMT

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