Why are eBay sellers so greedy!!??

(9 Posts)
XIIILC Fri 27-May-16 16:41:29

I've been noticing it for a while with different things, but today I looked for Playskool Heroes Star Wars as its limited in this country but thought I'd check eBay. The figures you can get for £6.99 in Toy's r Us etc they're selling for £20 a piece labelled "very rare!!!!". They're not rare. I barely think they're worth £6.99 but that's besides the point.

Have seen it on other stuff like I said. Why do they do this? Why so greedy? They can't possibly sell!

sixinabed Fri 27-May-16 16:48:54

My theory is that many people don't bother to compare prices, and just think that eBay is always the cheapest. I agree that they are unlikely to sell and will probably end up reducing them. Self defeating really.

XIIILC Fri 27-May-16 17:24:42

Sadly I think you're right. Some things though that I've searched for are pretty specific so you'd have to know what it is and the general price, yet they're being sold for more than you'd expect.

Even some items you'd see in shops quite often, like razor blades, are being sold for more than double the shop prices. You'd think people would realise then.

I occasionally sell things on eBay but it's always been lower than the rrp. Unless it's actually been a rare and/or collectable item , then it starts off low and I let bidding do the job.

Asprilla11 Fri 27-May-16 17:27:45

I think certain toys sell out in particular areas of the country so do sometimes become rare, for a particular region, or even a particular amount of time. Sellers will often up their prices then and just leave them at that price until the demand has dropped right off again.

iklboo Fri 27-May-16 17:42:43

There was a guy selling an empty gin bottle - a naice posh one - saying it was a 'rare collectors item' charging £20.

Trouble was, not only do I have a bottle of it myself, I'd just seen a Facebook picture from the company itself showing pallets of the stuff being shipped to Waitrose for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Who buys empty gin bottles anyway?

eyebrowsonfleek Fri 27-May-16 18:12:26

I think some sellers are hoping that you'll misread the description.

There are people selling overpriced shit on FB and I think eBay is similar.

XIIILC Fri 27-May-16 19:31:22

I bet somebody buys that empty gin bottle... probably somebody thinking its full and then complaining

pinkmagic1 Fri 27-May-16 19:37:02

I have been caught out. I have been after a larger size of hair grip for my dd, you know the snappy ones? I ordered what we're described as large and when they arrived they were just the regular tiny ones you can buy for pence. Seller had described as 'large' but I found theyhad covered their back by including measurements in small print.

lljkk Fri 27-May-16 19:45:56

A fool & her money are soon parted... if people can't be bothered to shop around, then why not charge as much as possible? Purchase is not compulsory.

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