Originally posted by selston
But why are these guys selling a key chain for $1.50 and a hot wheels car for $2.75 ?
Is it because these are collectors items or something ??? I certainly don't mean to knock anyone - it just seems odd ?
ebay is the one place where you can find just about anything, and especially things that you cannot run to the corner store to find. That may be why you will see some items selling for more than what you think they should. Not that they are a collectors item persay, but perhaps scarce in a particular geographic area or discontinued items which cannot be bought at any store. I have sold 1:18 scale bikes to people in Canada, Belgium,Italy, Australia, France and I even sent one to Iraq. I have also found myself running from store to store, within the same chain, looking for an item, spending hours at times. It would have been easier, and probably cheaper to buy it on ebay.
As far as inflated shipping prices go, most "new" current items you will find people selling for about the same as what you would find in a store. Ebay charges fees according to how much an item sells for. A seller may use the strategy of limiting his or her exposure to such fees by selling the item cheap, but make up any shortfall in the shipping cost. I have bought a few things for $1.00, but paid $20.00 for shipping.
Selling: I have sold 100% of what I have listed.
Buying:If you find it on ebay, check around to see if you can get it elsewhere cheaper/easier, if not... bid on!
I have had a snag here or there, but overall a great experience.