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Old 12-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #16
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It's exactly what dude said above. It's all about the competition, some people can't stand to lose no matter how bad they've just been ripped off.

Also some people might be using a site called www.esnipe.com it's a site that will bid for you.
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http://www.auctionsniper.com/default.aspx Also works good too. They are all about the same. You just have to hope the website doesnt take your passwrod and username and buy and sell stuff.
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Can someone please explain why people would pay more for parts from chop shops than they would pay at any online retailer? I placed a bid on some front and rear buggy arms, at a few dollars under retail, and was then outbid , I thought I might experiment and went 3 dollars over retail, and was also immediately outbid . I dont understand the mentality of some people.
Not many know how to use "the Google" to price compare.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:31 PM   #19
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:43 PM   #20
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Thats whats going on - it def makes no sense relative to what you could but it for elsewhere - I call it a bidding frenzy. Sellers love it, needless to say. Only way to minimize it is bid the last minute, but thats easy to mess up especially if there a lot of traffic and the bid isn't registered in time by ebay.

I bid what I'm willing to pay and if I get it, cool, if not, there's always another, just takes a little looking.

I had one auction - was really dumb - there was a BIN and the min bid was set only $3 or $4 under that. I placed a min bid and was outbid in the last few seconds. Next day I receive a 2nd chance notice for the BIN price from that auction and it becomes pretty obvious the guy was shill bidding, guess he just didn't couldn't stand to see it got for less than the BIN. I passed on teh offer, but continued to watch. Less than a week later, he was no longer a registered ebayer, guess it caught up with him, sure I wasn't the only one it happened to.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:49 PM   #21
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yeah hahah, no doubt,

Open two browsers, have a-main or ne other hobby store up in one, ebay in the other, look up the actual price, if ebay is the same or more, order from the shop, and vice versa, shop more than the part on ebay, ebay that hog, however, elementary math may be required
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:50 PM   #22
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All of you seem to have missed one of the obviouse reasons for "over bids" on auction sites. The LHS isn't local for everyone and when you bid you are bidding on an item that is "in stock". If you've got to have it by Saturday... bid your head off. I know this isn't always the case.

My personal example... my LHS doesn't do boats. I have to scrour the inter-net for many parts that you might expect to be common.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:57 PM   #23
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well if people wanna pay to much for stuff then that is there choice.. i think everyone has been on the loosing and the winning end of one of these situations
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All of you seem to have missed one of the obviouse reasons for "over bids" on auction sites. The LHS isn't local for everyone and when you bid you are bidding on an item that is "in stock". If you've got to have it by Saturday... bid your head off. I know this isn't always the case.

My personal example... my LHS doesn't do boats. I have to scrour the inter-net for many parts that you might expect to be common.
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boats are pretty cool but they are not popular around my parts
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I got my Slash and a ton of other stuff on eBay through the cashback program at Live.com. My buddy bought the SC8 at a hobby shop at a track and they listed it and he bought it in seconds. The truth is eBay gets people caught up in buying the item they want and they lose site of the price. I think it's great. It's why eBay is such an efficient market place. I always use Froogle.com first to find out retail prices then check eBay to what the market thinks they're worth. I just bought a new RC8 FT and eBay was not even close the the best price. Sometimes there are deals to be had there, sometimes not. The trick is to be savvy and let the idiots keep overpaying and keeping eBay sellers in biz.
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this is also why people buy "Ebay for Dummies"
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Well the auction in question finished today, and the arms went for $34 . The exact same things can be had at amain for $22.

That is so stupid, that it makes me laugh
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Well the auction in question finished today, and the arms went for $34 . The exact same things can be had at amain for $22.

That is so stupid, that it makes me laugh

I figured some overbid auctions were results of multiple items bought w/combined shipping..when ya look and there not its just so frickin rediculous..
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Ive been guilty of this a few times, mostly with non rc stuff, like ipod acc's, and motorcycle parts. Ebay should close after 10pm.
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