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Why is it people continue to over pay on eBay ??


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OK I know this scope http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Celestron-Omni-XLT-120-Telescope-OTA-/140996553055?pt=UK_Photography_Telescopes&hash=item20d40ca95f usually comes as a package only, so if for what ever reason you felt there was some gain in owning the Celestron version over the Skywatcher version you would be hard pushed to get OTA only, but why would you over spend on a scope that is for all intense purposes second hand when you could have basically the same scope for less http://www.firstlightoptics.com/evostar/skywatcher-evostar-120-ota.html ?? Now I admit I am a little sceptical that the bids are genuine as this scope has been listed several times now at £265 buy it now which just happens to be what a new user has bid it up to. At the end of the day fair play if the seller if they can get good money for an item by selling it on eBay as money makes the world go around but I just don't get why people continue to over pay for things when it is clear they have internet access to compare prices having just used it to place the bid in the first place.

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there is a bit of a myth that ebay is full of bargains ergo if its on ebay it must be a bargain. some people are too lazy to fully research. then of course there are those who just get caught up in the thrill of the hunt decide its what they need and must win it no matter if it finishes as a bargain or not. And sometimes shops have run out of the thing and ebay can charge more because of scarcity and rarity

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there is a bit of a myth that ebay is full of bargains ergo if its on ebay it must be a bargain. some people are too lazy to fully research. then of course there are those who just get caught up in the thrill of the hunt decide its what they need and must win it no matter if it finishes as a bargain or not. And sometimes shops have run out of the thing and ebay can charge more because of scarcity and rarity

I agree that it is a one stop shopping mall that you can easily get a few bargains then fall for it being the case with everything you buy from there but I just don't understand the lack of respect for hard earned money that some ebayers have. Either that or it's not hard earned and they got more money than sense. If that is the case I wish they were senseless at throwing it my way :D

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its hard to get bargains these days on ebay as sellers must put atleast 10% on top of the price they want, to cover what ebay takes off them for selling. I advertised my 200p on abay for £250 but it sold on ABS for £225.

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I was having similar problems. There are a few ways around it:

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As for the main question you raised in the title; My view is that if people are too lazy to do their homework, then they can't complain if they pay more than an item is worth.

Then again, if they don't know and they're happy with their purchase, then it's no problem anyway. Life's too short and all that.... :smiley:

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OK I know this scope http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20d40ca95f usually comes as a package only...

Even if you bought this new as a package (for £420), you could easily sell the CG-4 to cover the difference between the package and the used one on eBay (which went for £360). You would then have a brand new OTA, and probably another £30 in your pocket...

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I was having similar problems. There are a few ways around it:

1. You can uninstall IE10. It works fine in IE9

2. You can add SGL to the 'Compatibility View' list. This will run SGL as if it was in IE9.

3. If you don't want to make any changes to your browser, you can toggle into editing mode (top left icon in the reply window), add a new line, then exit editing mode. I found this by trial and error, but it workd for me.

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I am not the fan I once was of ebay but I agree Jules I too find some of the smaller things (often from HK or China) are still unbeatable against UK prices even if you have a long wait for delivery.

I still find myself endlessly trawling ebay in the hope of finding a bargain none the less :D Although like you say Lewis83 most people are trying to cover the 10% before they are even looking at making anything out the sale these days. I know it's for this reason I don't sell as often on ebay anymore and when practical stick to free classified sites like Gumtree, bargain pages, UK B&S and the sort.

I am aware talking to some users of ebay the biggest gripe seems to be that ebay was once a place where the local Joe could sell their used stuff and hope to pick up something used at a reasonable price in return, but now it is flooded with ebay shops selling new goods and other sellers having to sell at inflated prices to cover the ever increasing fees, I can remember a time when paypal wasn't a mandatory requirement again adding a further 3% to the sale fees if chose as an easy pay by the buyer.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Have to agree with most - bidding fever and lack of research ! I gave up looking for scopes on ebay - most of em were over inflated price wise. As theyre (generally) large and fragile items, the price in diesel to go and collect would certainly outweigh the cost of buying new anyway !

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Caveat emptor? Harsh - But equally why do Astronomers "expect jam on it" re. pristine second hand stuff at budget prices? Quibbling over a few quid on postage, whining about PayPal charges? Some expecting a "Payday Loan" even... :p

But this is a *small* minority? In my experience, SGL'ers (many Ebayers!) "strive for high ideals" (c.f. Desiderata). It is only in a few deals (Astronomers notably! <sigh>) I have been given any grief re. selling... or occasional buying. :)

On a modest stipend, I begrudge no one their PROFIT - In that, I am rather on the side of the FERENGI... :D

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I think you can get bargains as a 20mm ES 100° ep went for less than £180 and there is one(maybe the same one) on abs for £300 and you can get a new one with taxes from the US for that.im kinda sick of people talking about Rubbish ebay prices,an item is worth what someone will pay for it-stop whinging about it :)

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I have never used e-bay but i think it is the thrill of the chase that drives people on, some loose track of what is and is not a bargain. I check it now and then and see Radians asking 120, whether they ever go for that I don't know. I find this site and Astro B&S much better options for my needs.

Alan.

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