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#108365 04/20/02 11:41 AM
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Have you ever gone into an auction thinking "I'll spend $100 at most on this thing" and then getting sucked into bidding higher? What's the highest you ever spent for something?


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LOL I went into ebay the other day thinking I have $10 extra so I'll grab a piece of dish set if I can find something I like. I ended up spending $22 on six pedestal mugs. It's not quite that big of a jump but enough for me to know that if I don't have an extra $50 or so I should stay the heck out of ebay. <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

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Are pedestal mugs like the things you make Irish coffee with? It can definitely be a little too much fun in there <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> You easily find things you've always dreamed of having and it seems so reasonable when you first start bidding ...


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Pedastal mugs are indeed the type of cup usually used for Irish Coffee. They are my favorite style in my dish pattern so I use them for everday coffee. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Yes ebay is waaaayyy too much fun. I've been looking for punched tin items on the cheap. I checked ebay and sure enough there's quite a bit of good stuff under punched tin. <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

My biggest gripe about ebay auctions is the shipping that's charged. So many auctioneers are charging as much for handling as shipping. There have been several times I've purchased an item only to have the shipping be almost twice as much as the purchase price. Even with that though, if I can purchase it for less than what I would pay new, or it's a really hard to find item, I'll spend the money.

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I was just in fact talking with a friend about that very issue. He was buying paper plans for models - so these things were shipped in regular envelopes with no padding or anything. He bought 3 from the same guy. Because the seller set the ending dates on different days, he claimed he would have to ship them all out separately.

My friend said that was silly, to please just put them all in the same envelope. The guy did and then charged the full shipping cost for each set. So say the envelope cost $1 to mail. The guy was saying that shipping was $4 each, and he charged my friend $12 for shipping a single $1 stamped envelope. It was just ridiculous.


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Oh my gosh! I think that's one of the worst I've heard of. My Mom says that before you bid if the shipping isn't clearly stated, including a statement about combining on multiple wins, email the seller.

She had one instance where she emailed the seller, got the shipping info and then bid and won. Once she won the auction the seller upped the shipping on her. Mom refused to pay the upped amount. The seller left negative feedback. Thankfully my Mom kept the emails to prove her point and was able to post in her response to the feedback.

Making someone pay for multiple envelopes when everything fit into one plain old envelope is petty. <img src="/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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I can't believe someone would change the rules after the auction is over. I think some people are in it to make money on the 'handling fees' and start treating it like their deserved income, instead of looking at the auction as the auction of an item. It's nice that people can make money doing this, but it shouldn't be by taking advantage of someone else ...


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I don't think some people realize they can still make money on items without charging an arm and a leg for "handling". I honestly can understand $1 for materials and the drive to the post office, but this stuff of $3 and $4 or even more is awful!

My Mom and I were talking about her most surprising auction just the other day again. She listed a pair of Mickey Mouse Vans tennis shoes. She paid like $7 or $8 last year for them. She listed them on eBay and said she would only ship in the US or Canada.

A girl from Japan emailed her and asked if she would please please consider letting her bid on them. She said that she would include enough for overnight shipping to Japan.

My Mom called the PO and checked on the amount and emailed her back with that exact amount. She never charges anything extra on shipping. The girl said "no problem". In the last 3 miutes of the auction the bidders went crazy! The price shot up from $33.00 to $103.00. eek eek

Sure enough the girl from Japan won the shoes and included enough for them to be overnighted all the way to Japan. She emailed my Mom and asked if she happened to have another pair. She told her she would be willing to pay the same amount for a second pair. eek Unfortunately my Mom didn't have a second pair. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


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