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Everything posted by Doohickamabob

  1. Here's an example of a seller where I feel they crossed the line in terms of violating eBay's contracts and policies: (insert name of seller here). For years (insert name of seller here) would list very large lots of comics, using big photos where all the comics were spread out over a wall display. A lot of people here know what I am talking about. They would often list them as auctions with very high reserves -- I never experimented to see how high the reserves went, but people would bid up the auctions into several thousand dollars territory and they still wouldn't hit the reserve, so most bidders gave up. I know I did. A friend of mine tried to bid on some of their stuff and didn't hit the reserve. Then, after the auction ended, (insert name of seller here) sent that friend a message offering to negotiate a sale outside of eBay. They worked on a price and finally my friend bought the lot -- it was something like 100 or more EC comics in all genres. My friend told me that the average grade/condition listed by (insert name of seller here) was way off and most of the comics were much lower grade, and I think he even complained to (insert name of seller here) but there wasn't much he could do because he wasn't protected by eBay policy. (insert name of seller here) might have shaved a little off the deal to appease him, I can't remember, but my friend was very disappointed with the experience and ended up spending months auctioning off most of the comics individually only to just about break even. (This of course was a valuable learning experience for a buyer...) I also bid on a few (insert name of seller here) lots. I knew the drill and that I wouldn't hit the reserve, but there were some lots that had really cool stuff and I threw in bids for the heck of it. Several times, I ended up getting post-auction messages from (insert name of seller here) offering to make a deal off-site. After a few of these encounters, I decided not to bid on their stuff anymore. They had rigged the game so that it would always come out in their favor. I think it's fair to conclude that (insert name of seller here) was using eBay entirely as a marketing site. Their entire setup was designed to avoid actual eBay sales, and therefore avoid paying percentage fees on transactions. That's just shady. Once somebody reveals that they're OK with one form of shady practice, the obvious next question is: What other questionable practices are they capable of? This question applies to a lot of other sellers and venues I've experienced or read about.
  2. Yeah, he took one photo and then made a template to layer in various scans. Pretty cheesy, but pretty swift marketing too.
  3. Here's a fair question: Let's say you're an eBay buyer and you encounter a seller who has a bunch of cool comics you like. You purchase a few of the seller's BIN sales. Then you message to ask: "Will you be selling more comics like the ones you have listed?" The seller says something like, "Yes, I have a couple dozen more that I found at an estate sale. I was going to list all of them on eBay eventually." At that point, is it unethical to attempt to make an outside deal? Could you say, "Look, I'd love to buy all of them at a rate similar to what you sold the previous comics for -- can we work something out?" and is that within eBay policy? Is the buyer/seller at that point ethically or contractually obligated to conduct the deal using eBay's existing resources?
  4. You're pushing this angle too hard... Take it to WC... The subjects at hand are eBay off-site deals, fat people in showers, and Steely Dan songs.
  5. That's great! Do you work in the comics industry? P.S. Nice IDW books...
  6. In his defense, no amount of money was too much if it meant shielding him from seeing his wife's prodigious tuchus.
  7. Here's another thing that rankled me: I was running some auctions, and some of the comics were doing very well, and a handful were sitting there with low bids. Some buyer messages me and says, "If I were you, I would be very disappointed in the bids on (particular comic). How about canceling the auction and then selling it to me as a BIN for $(xx.xx)?" It's one thing to suggest a BIN sale, but the guy's lead in -- telling me how I should feel about the performance of one of my auctions -- struck me as incredibly obnoxious. So I declined to sell it to him, which I would have done anyway because I don't like canceling auctions. OF COURSE the hammer price of the auction was LESS than what he offered me, and he was the high bidder. In his favor, he did not message me later to say, "Hah heh!"
  8. If you really want to stick it to eBay, make deals on the CGC forums. No middleman. Preferably, make those deals to me, and at a loss, because I'm a real nice guy.
  9. Here's the offer I find annoying: "Hello I want to buy your item but I can't bid because I'm traveling so can you make me a deal?"
  10. Why do they call the magazine "Titter" -- because it's full of funny jokes, right?