eBay vrs42?

From: John Foust <jfoust_at_threedee.com>
Date: Tue Feb 15 08:32:11 2005

At 06:00 PM 2/13/2005, mhstein_at_canada.com wrote:
>On the M100 forum there exists a list of eBay names (how come you haven't
>brought that up, Merch?) so that, if they choose, members can refrain
>from bidding against fellow members (and, presumably, correspond
>with each other). Different list, different interpretation of
>fellowship and cooperation; haven't read any of these arguments there.

Interesting notions... I can't help but think there's a business
opportunity in organizing third-party associations and information
sharing outside of eBay.

And does this mean I wouldn't get good prices for my M100 stuff
on eBay?

One of my pet eBay peeves is the way surplus places now will use
the moment's recently-completed eBay prices as a way to set their
prices. I see this at http://www.bussvc.wisc.edu/swap/swap.html .
(They have an online auction that anyone anywhere can use.)

Once upon a time, lots of good computer junk there was just labelled
$5, $10 or $25 and they'd be done with it. Now they use eBay
as a guide for the starting price. No attention is paid to the
completeness of the item, or the differences between what they
have (in a local market) and what someone on eBay had (in a
global market.)

For example, UW Swap claims they can't sell software. So you
know all the disks (and often the manuals) hit the shredder before
the computer appeared on the shelf.

- John
Received on Tue Feb 15 2005 - 08:32:11 GMT

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