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Old 01-11-2009, 10:59 PM
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Posted By: Bob

It seems like it gets harder and harder to spot a steal anymore on ebay. You don't place a bid until the last 6 seconds and hope no one else spotted it, but ZAP!I remember the good old days on ebay when someone might miss a variation or rarity but nowadays it seems there is always someone lurking in the weeds who knows just as much as you do (or more) happy.gif

Case in point was the very rare 1911 Zeenut Stinson large on ebay. All week at the starting bid of $25. Ah well...congrats to the eagle eye collector who outsniped me and got a real deal.

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Old 01-11-2009, 11:20 PM
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Posted By: rand

i dont understand your thread. you want a steal on a very rare card (your words) and you thought the winner got a great deal. so why were you so cheap and didnt bid strong for the card? yes, there are alot of great deals on ebay, but if you need a card and its important to you than i suggest you do not treat it as a bargain. go after it and if the price lands lower than you were willing to bid then you got a bonus. right? if you are not going to bid to win, then you shouldnt feel bad about it. who knows, maybe the winner had a higher bid then you could afford, but at least you tried.

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Old 01-11-2009, 11:37 PM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Bob is just lamenting the good ol' days of ebay when you actually could get a real steal. Doesn't seem to happen anymore...and really hasn't for a long time now.

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:12 AM
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Posted By: rand

this may turn into a good thread,,, what is considered a steal? $100 under value? $250, $500, ect.... i am sure there are plenty of stories out there.

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:34 AM
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Posted By: Jeff Mohler

About four months ago I picked up a Matty Pinkerton Postcard on Ebay with a pinhole and writing on the back for $4.00. It was in the correct category, so I have no idea why no one else bid on it. That was a steal.

BTW, my snipe bid was around $200.00

I figure it all evens out in the end though. I have bought plenty of non-steals over the years!

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:49 AM
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Posted By: Rob D.

Even my very best bargains on eBay were snagged with ceiling bids that were much higher than the selling prices. In other words, my bid didn't determine that it was a bargain, it was the lack of a competitive underbid that did so.

If I think I've come across the possiblity of a bargain that's described poorly or listed in the wrong category, that doesn't mean I adjust my bid lower because I assume I'll get it at a discounted price. I don't really see the logic in that.

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Posted By: Matt

A "steal" usually comes about when you have a knowledge advantage; everyone saw it, but you were the one who knew what it was worth. If an item is listed in the wrong category, rest assured there are tons of people who collect that category who saw the item, but not knowing it was a unique baseball collectible, didn't know the value. With more knowledge out there (which is a good thing) less "steals" will be found; that said, they still occur.

I think I had a "steal" last week in the correct category when I bought an E135 Speaker for under $700; there were no VCP sales, so people may have been unsure of the value. I recall Barry had a comparable card (Boston Store with a scratch on his face) for auction a year or two ago that sold for over $1500. And, indeed, my snipe was much higher then the sale price.







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Posted By: D. Bergin

Here's an example of a steal I guess:

I deal in mostly boxing now but in the earlier days of Ebay (around 2001 or so) I stumbled across a group of Fan Craze Cards. Poor description, poor photos, wrong category..........I'm not even sure how I found them. I was in a non-sport, multi-sport phase then and was looking for almost anything to buy at the time.

I couldn't really tell what was in the lot so I took a chance and won it for under 30 bucks. What I ended up getting when it came in the mail was about a dozen or so Fan Craze baseball cards in very nice condition, including a few lower end HOF'ers.

Finds like that used to happen fairly regularly.

Needless to say I don't remember anything close to that happening in years. As a matter of fact my Ebay bidding has been almost non-existent as of late.

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Posted By: Jason L

not in my collectible universe
I only like what everyone else does, so the prices are always high
I don't take chances on things with red flags, so I won't get that discount

the only time I spot a steal is when the item still has 7-9 days left on the auction sad.gif

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:27 AM
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Posted By: Joann

I've never gotten a steal in an ebay auction, where knowledge of what something is or isn't might come into play. I think those days are probably gone. Even in the area of female player images, where I would have confidence that I might be able to spot something that others miss, the sale price reflects the fact that knowledge tends to be more universal these days.

However, I have gotten two pretty good deals on ebay BINS. In both cases the card was notably underpriced and my "skill" was in being the first one to trip across the listing. In one case of a maybe slightly underpriced card, I hit the BIN within 2 minutes after it listed. Within 5 minutes, literally, I had an email from toby (Hi toby happy.gif) that I had just beat him to it. So even my "try to trip over the BIN first" strategy has it's challenges. happy.gif

But Bob is absolutely right. It used to be a lot easier to find good bargains - even steals - on ebay.

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