E Bay Auction Repeats

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gareth, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. gareth


    Jun 9, 2002
    Why do people put the same bass up for auction over and over again.

    They never seem to sell the bass as it never reaches the unrealistically high reserve and just seems to waste everybody's time.

    There's a guy in France that to my knowledge has put his 75 p bass up for auction at least 5 times.

    What does it all mean - is there sense to made from this madness - am I missing something?

    This is the bass on ebay in question:-

  2. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    I guess ya just never know... If I have to relist I usually wait awhile until it has been forgotten... at least three weeks. What's he asking? $5000? If so, he's an idjit.
  3. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    Yeup.. they just put either the starting bid price or the reserve just way to high and nobody bids on `em. I would think that they would check around to see what the same kinda thing is going for first.

  4. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I saw this eBay item, when I was perusing for a 70's P.

    It make me very wary of dealing with eBay in general. The whole thing about that Repeat Fodera up there a week ago, was really scary. Little lost confidence...
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Couldn't agree more with your sense of caution,k-raj. Unless it's something offered by an actual company/store of eBay or Halfbay, I don't go near it. Those are the overwhelming percentage of sellers who have extensive auction track records and who have a vested interest in keeping a fine rep.

    What hacks me off are the "not" jerks. For instance, if your looking for "aguilar" some a-holes title their lame auctions something like "(piece of crap) - not SWR, Aguilar, Eden."
  6. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I hear ya, I really don't want to waste my time, effort and stress on an item that I spend more time researching the selling than the product. Then, stress about whether this idjit is going to come through with the item.

    There have been a bunch of stuff surfacing on CNN about fraud on eBay within the last few month's or so. Make me thing a bit...

    Yeah and those "not" jerks!!! They are trying to get anyone that is looking for something else to look at their crap, by putting "not" Fodera, Sadowsky or Elrick!!! ... Well, I feel like emailing those cats and saying, "Great, if it's "not", don't mess with the integrity of the 'eBay Search function' with your utterly frivolious BS Advertising:spit: ".... "Have a :) Day!"
  7. 72beetle


    Jun 10, 2001
    Phoenix, Arizona
    If you do an extended search on ebay (the one where the whole page is taken up with search boxes), you can exclude words from your search - exclude NOT and you won't be bothered by 'em anymore.

  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Good point, I really never thought of that....
  9. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    They use other deceptive means besides "not." "Other than"/"except"/"similar to"/"like" to name some others, are additional shenanigans going on there.

    Excluding "not" in the title search on the advanced search is the most effective I've found,too.

    Still, it's an abuse of the site that the admins shouldn't tolerate, IMO. Moreover, it says one thing about the seller to me - "shady". I'd never buy from someone like that.
  10. drd07


    Jan 19, 2003
    I don't think that it is that big of a deal if a seller lists an item using "item" not ampeg, fender, etc. I mean, the seller does need to sell his stuff, right? I agree with an earlier post, use the extended search feature AND always check out the seller's feedback. I can't believe that some people actually bid hundereds of dollars (sometimes thousands!) on an auction item that is being sold by a seller with zero feedback!
  11. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Easy: report them to EBay for "keyword spam" or misleading auction titles. It is actually against the rules, and they'll take the auction down.
  12. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Sorry guys, I don't see the big problem with it, as long as it isn't trying to misrepresent the product being offered. If it kills your day THAT much to have a couple extra items to look through, then you probably don't have enough time to be surfing the net anyway.
  13. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Same. Dishonest? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure does make me go "Y'know, I think I'll pass on that one," whenever I see a Not Auction.
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    yeah the seller of that item must be as much of a piece of work, as the stuff he is auctioning.:eek:
  15. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Some people use eBay for a value appraisal. By placing an obvious exceedingly high reserve value on their instrument when the auction ends the highest bid can be construed as actual value or what someone is really willing to pay for this piece. Or....they are fishing for a collector who has more money than sense.:bag:
  16. Hey guys have you seen that Fender Precision No. 20 with history???

    I must have seen it about a dozen times!
  17. You mean the one personally refinished by a Mr Mosely (sp?) the founder of Mosrite? I guess I just answered your question.......when I can remember that sort of obscure crap I must have read it several times.:D
  18. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I get annoyed as hell by the constant relists as well, especially the true "crappers" like THIS thing.

    Edit: Okay, I checked the guy's history and, apparently, he has sold some of these things. So categorize this simply as the "I'm tired of seeing these cheesey things" types of listings. ;)