CRAAAAAAAP! (Tortured by eBay ethics)

Discussion in 'Transformers On Ebay' started by Sunstreaker, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. Sunstreaker

    Sunstreaker Partyin Like it's 1984

    Jul 2, 2002
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    Sorry if this is the wrong spot to put this mini-rant; but I had to vent to someone...

    So, as you know, I've got a Thunderwing up for auction - decided to do a general eBay search to see why he isn't moving too fast. Then I see THIS!!!

    Mint in Freakin' Box Thunderwing

    Not only is it currently the same price as my Thunderwing, it ends about a week after mine. So there's no hope at all that the unsuccessful bidders from this auction will migrate to mine.

    Now, if I was a bidder, I'd ignore my auction like month old Gouda and hold out the chance for a Minty Fresh bot. So what do I do? I mean, we all know how high Thunderwing can go - I hate to just eat a huge loss on him because of bad timing. On the other hand, I loathe those sellers that pull their auctions last minute because they aren't getting enough.

    I know what the right thing to do is - let my auction ride and chalk it up to fate. But dang if it isn't going to be hard to just watch him fade gently into that good night. GRRRR.

    (Mods - I swear I'm not just trying to double-post for my auction, I just figured this was the only place that I'd get some sound advice. Won't happen again :) 
  2. Joe Moore

    Joe Moore Is Not Jim... Veteran

    Apr 6, 2003
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    My suggestion is to always set a reserve or starting price. While it's always nice to start low for people, this at leasy guarantees you don't lose out too much. I hope you auction bumps up, but a MIB one is r[probably going to generate more interest.
  3. Sarrow

    Sarrow Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2003
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    I second the reserve advice. The only way to insure that you'll get what you believe it to be worth is to set a reserve. Reserves do deter people, but if it's a rare item they'll most likely bid anyway.

    I belive that if you have no bids on the auction, you can still add a reserve. I haven't seen your other post though so most likely if you started low you have bids already and this won't be possible :(