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tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

Am I a... bad person?
AM I??





Fun Shoe

Did they just make GunBroker look good?

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tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

Am I a... bad person?
AM I??





Fun Shoe

They should set up the settlement offer like an eBay bid, something that only goes up as the court proceedings continue.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Captain Log posted:

What the hell is wrong with people?

They people. People are the worst. Persons, doubly so.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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infrared35 posted:

And then he sent me a message: "I need to see more photos of this item before I commit."

Insert possibly problematic, old-timey arranged marriage joke here.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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infrared35 posted:

Maybe? Dude's name appears to be "Said Amim".

Anyway, I sent pictures, and he wrote back:

"Thank you for the pictures. Please dispose of the battery before charging"

I think he means before shipping, but... there were no batteries in the pictures?

I guess he assumes there are batteries in it. He's probably worried about their age and all the fun that goes with aging rechargeable lithium batteries. Could be hazmat issues with shipping or customs, too.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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AM I??





Fun Shoe

Guitars hurt, and no one tells you that! And, I don't like feeling hurt.


Enjoy.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Fun Shoe

Captain Log posted:

I gotta vent for a moment.

See this listing?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/184593392151

Those are three old Batman themed Micro Machines. I found them in a box and listed them for $4.99 not expecting much. This is an auction, which is relevant.

First time, they got bid up to $15.50 with multiple bidders. The person who got in a bidding war and won? Peace'd out and never paid.

I had to wait 48 hours for them to not pay, then waited another day. Then I had to open an unpaid item case and wait ninety-six hours. After all that, I got my selling fees returned and was free to re-list them. I was unable to leave negative feedback on the non-payment rear end in a top hat.

Second time, they go up to $19 and some change. Multiple bidders. Cool!

I just waited forty-eight hours and have opened up an unpaid items case. Now I have to wait another four days for the person to not pay. Then I'll be able to re-list them a third time.

The two things that make me want to scream?

I cannot leave negative feedback.

- A buyer has to get two unpaid item cases against them in sixty days for Ebay to even consider taking action.

- As much as I appreciate what Ebay provides for me, people winning auctions with normal buyers to not pay makes me want to defenestrate somebody.

Also, twice in a row for some loving Batman Micro Machines? What the hell?!

Jesus.

I don't know if I've ever sold anything on eBay. I think I've sold on Facebook Marketplace, and I have done well there, but selling isn't my business--I only sell extra crap I happen to need to get rid of. About 8 or 9 years ago, I ended up with extra appliances that I sold on Craig's List because Facebook Marketplace wasn't a thing. My selling of stuff is pretty much always big pieces of stuff that someone has to come out and get themselves, and Facebook is good because you can usually poke around at the person's profile and look for gigantic red flags.

But, I've done a fair bit of buying on eBay, and I really hate bidding for stuff. I tried bidding for T-grips for a while, but those bidding wars always ended the same. And it was that way for most reloading equipment, too--great beam scale, super-cheap, toss in a bid, and by the time it ends, it costs as much as a brand new one. Nowadays, when I buy things on eBay, I almost exclusively get stuff with Buy It Now.

I do not even want to play the bidding game, because what if I'm the guy who loses the bidding war on the Batman Micro-Machines? Well, nobody gets them, then several days later they show up again, and this time the bidding ends higher? Gotta tell ya, from my perspective, I'd begin to suspect that shenanigans were afoot.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

Am I a... bad person?
AM I??





Fun Shoe

Yeah, just ask yourself if you can deal with selling someone who gave you bad vibes some ammo that they later used to do something bad with. Or, maybe they're just really confused, and they're spending their entire monthly food budget on bullets for a gun they've never owned.

If you get bad feelings, don't do it.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Fun Shoe

Wow. I may never sell on eBay. In something like 20 years of buying things on eBay, I've only ever had to contact the seller one time.

A few years ago, in my heavier days, I bought a knock off merch shirt for my favorite band. You can't buy authentic shirts, so I figured, I'll just buy an unlicensed one from eBay since they're here. I was running NoScript on Firefox, and one quirk it had at the time was reseting form data at the last minute. , and I ended up buying the small size shirt. So, XXXL became S when I clicked something, and I didn't notice until I had paid.

I went ahead and bought the right size from the seller and asked them to cancel the errant order, which they did. And I felt like I was being annoying, but what was I gonna do with a way-too-small shirt?

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

Am I a... bad person?
AM I??





Fun Shoe

tarlibone posted:

Wow. I may never sell on eBay. In something like 20 years of buying things on eBay, I've only ever had to contact the seller one time.

A few years ago, in my heavier days, I bought a knock off merch shirt for my favorite band. You can't buy authentic shirts, so I figured, I'll just buy an unlicensed one from eBay since they're there on their site. I was running NoScript on Firefox, and one quirk it had at the time was reseting form data at the last minute. , and I ended up buying the small size shirt. So, XXXL became S when I clicked something, and I didn't notice until I had paid.

I went ahead and bought the right size from the seller and asked them to cancel the errant order, which they did. And I felt like I was being annoying, but what was I gonna do with a way-too-small shirt?

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Midjack posted:

goatse him

infrared35 posted:

I like where your head is at.

Reading these posts back-to-back makes me smile, then throw up a little in my mouth.

Because of the implication of where this guy should put his head.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Fun Shoe

I've had fantasies of suing some big corporation that has wronged me, and they know I'll win, so they want to hash out a settlement. We sit at a table. I'm suing for one megadollar, and they offer $500K.

Me: $1.5 M
Them: $600 K
$2 M
$750 K
$3 M
OK! $1M!!

Me, after an hour long poo poo-eating grin: $2.75 M

Because in my mind, I got that kind of swagger.

But seriously, gently caress that dude.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Does anyone here have experience selling relatively heavy items on eBay? I'm going to be selling an item that comes in a case. The dimensions of the case are roughly 55" 20" 8", and the weight is 80 pounds.

I'm only considering eBay because it's a niche instrument that's not old or famous enough to be vintage (so no, not a DX-7), nor is it new enough to be considered current. So, I need a big marketplace, bigger than my local scene. But, locally, someone can just pick it up, and I don't have to try to find a box and packing materials for this thing.

Is this going to be worth the shipping hassle?

Edit: and I forgot, I also have a professional stand for this drat thing, and it's not heavy but it can only be broken down so far. Shipping this is going to be an extra pain in the dick. gently caress, I might have to rethink this.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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infrared35 posted:

Thought about Craigslist or area Facebook selling groups? If you don't mind dealing with the unvetted masses, that's my go-to for large items I don't want to ship.

I am considering that, actually.

I'm only considering eBay at all because I might have better luck getting a decent price if I put it up on a bigger marketplace. On CL or FB, I'm almost certainly looking at getting less money, but I don't have to ship it. I may try doing that first. Hell, I might also look up Reverb and see what that process might be like.


Edit: There is a UPS depot/store near me, actually. Do they do that? I've used them before, but I've always had boxes before. The box my new bass came in the other day isn't long enough to hold the case, and it's the only thing I've had that even comes close. And again, the stand is a whole separate deal.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Yeah, eff that dude. Eff 'em right in the a, coming back with that poo poo.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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So, that keyboard I wanted to sell... I looked up that model to see what the market was. I saw listings on eBay and some nearby Guitar Centers, usually for $500 - $800... and those listings weren't new, and the items weren't sold most of the time. I figured $500 for an outdated (as opposed to popular enough to be famous, like a DX-7) was a good price, especially with a case and stand tossed in. Someone with enough time to mess around could probably get a better price, but the $500 ones at Guitar Center weren't moving very fast, and I knew that if I hauled this to one, I'd get maybe $200 for it.

I also listed a mixer I bought and never used because I ended up not having to run sound, and a couple of basses I haven't played in a long time. Ironically, they were both Ibanez--my only Ibanez electric basses. The market value of the 6-string bass was very low because it was Gio that I bought so I could finally have a proper 6-string, only to find out that I don't like playing them much. (It was literally on the clearance rack, brand new, at a local shop; I got it for a song.) Six string is a nice bass to visit, but I wouldn't want to groove there.

The five-string fretless... well, it's a 25+ year old bass, but not one that heats up the vintage market. I got it out of layaway on the day my then-girlfriend told her family that we'd become engaged, but even that sentimentality fades after a while. It lived in a closet and was more in the way than anything else. Also, mid-90's active electronics are not great.

All told, a cool $1000 worth of used but not abused gear, and my target when I sell stuff up there is to aim for 75% of my asking price and not be disappointed as long as I get around 65%.

So I listed that keyboard on Facebook Marketplace, figuring I'd start there, and if it languished for too long, then I'd worry about eBay. I've given up on Craigslist unless I really just need to get something out of my house. This was yesterday. I got a couple lowball offers on the mixer, and was negotiating with one of them. Then in the early evening, my phone starts... what is it the kids say? Exploding upward? Anyway, this one dude across the river is asking about all the items, and he's a musician and poo poo. How much for all four items? I gave him my "bare minimum" of $800, he came back with $700, and I got him up to $720... then I waited, and 10 minutes later, he agreed to $750. Noice!

He just picked it all up today. I have cash in hand. Man, those $100's look weird now. Looks like the local music marketplace group I'm on really is worth the occasional notification. I didn't have to pack anything up at all.

Still, thanks, everyone, for the tips. I'll keep all this in mind the next time I sell something.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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infrared35 posted:

The same as it ever was, with a variation:

A guy messaged me regarding an auction I have up for $45 (set to accept offers of at least $40). He said the system wasn't accepting his $35 bid so I needed to go in and change my offer settings to accept his lower bid.

Well, that was certainly helpful.

I guess it doesn't tell them what the minimum bid is?

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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I love it!

That's like some old fella (because of course it'd be an old fella) going up to the counter at some place that has soda machines outside and asking them to fix their machine, because he put a nickle in and it won't give him that Pepsi Mango Zero Sugar that he's been wanting to try.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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The Eyes Have It posted:

Back when every separate interest had its own separate web site and forums, I was on an airgun site and one guy's name kept popping up when reading in new posts. You know the type: big mouth, rude, never shuts up, etc.

... uh... oh wait, no, I'm not on any airgun-specific web sites or forums. (phew)

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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infrared35 posted:

I have a crate of random porno mags from the late '60s and early '70s; I was going to get around to cataloging and listing them one of these days.

Also, vintage nude air fresheners from the estate of a long-haul trucker.

Is it not woke to ask what the vintage nude air fresheners smell like, or what they were supposed to smell like back in the day?

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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Capn Beeb posted:

Suppressing and outright censoring sex work is pretty anti-woke. It's not an accident that certain elements of the internet hijacked woke as a means of masquerading their actual intentions of stifling BIPOC voices. It's a great way to slowly radicalize people imperatively over time.

... uh, I was making a joke about air fresheners, because I've been around naked bodies before, and in theit natural state, they ain't 100% fresh. Not sure if want my truck to smell like naked people from the 1970s.

Not sure how that is connected to sex work. I want to be clear, I was not at all talking about sex work, BIPOC voices, or anything radical. More like, old Hustler magazine scratch & sniff sticker stuff.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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I will say that I've been confused on how many of a given item are for sale before. Not just on eBay, either--Amazon confuses me sometimes. But these are cases where one unit has multiple pieces, and the pictures sometimes show one item, or one package of X items, or a whole lot containing X packages of X items. And the "English" descriptions can be ambiguous. So there's a picture of a fake vintage Diet Pepsi can that's also a little secret storage thing. Then you see that it's part of a sextet, held together with a sturdy, hard version of those old six pack ring things. Then you see six of those six packs. The price seems high for just the one can, and indeed also for one six pack, but six of them? So you read the description: "CONTAINS SICKS (6) PCS"

What is a piece? A single can, or the sixpack? WHY SHOW ME ALL THOSE PICTURES?

But for speed loaders? I've never bought those in packages that include more than one.

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tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014

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infrared35 posted:

I don't trust anyone with a soul patch.

And you shouldn't. Because, they don't have souls.

That's why they have a soul patch. It covers the part of the face through which the soul leaves.

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