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Do you feel guilty winning 99p auctions?

(25 Posts)
missmelly Tue 23-Jun-09 09:35:43

I always do! I'm usually happy to spend more than that, and always feel a bit bad for the seller when their item sells for only 99p. I won 3 auctions last night for baby clothes, all of them sold at 99p when my max bid was a few pounds. Makes me wonder why people bother sometimes, seems like a lot of hassle to list, package, post etc, for so little return.

oliverboliverbutt Tue 23-Jun-09 09:37:58

no way! Score!

burningupinspeed Tue 23-Jun-09 09:39:46

I do a bit when it's baby stuff as it must be disheartening at times, but then the seller can always set a reserve or use BIN if they want a certain amount. Or even just not complete the sale (though I know that's wrong, but they COULD)

But other stuff, books etc, no guilt at all.

ilovesprouts Tue 23-Jun-09 09:39:48

i love 99p auctions smile

chocolatefudgebrownie Tue 23-Jun-09 09:46:19

there is a site dedicated to 99p auctions on ebaby, www.lastminute.com. I am unashamed to say I use it alot, as there are some great bargains to be found.

suwoo Tue 23-Jun-09 09:47:55

I do. On the other hand though, I don't mind if something of mine goes for 99p as all the 99p's really do add up. If it is something worth more, I normally start the auction at a bit more or just chance it.

Swings and roundabouts.

missmelly Tue 23-Jun-09 09:52:45

this is why I never do well in sales jobs! I dont have that killer instinct. I've even refunded someone when they paid way too much for a pair of Havaiana flip flops I was selling! I tucked $20 back in the package for her. What a sucker aye

PinkTulips Tue 23-Jun-09 09:53:20

they usually overcompensate on postage i find so no i don't grin

nappyaddict Tue 23-Jun-09 10:14:33

Clothes, books, toiletries etc no I don't. But I once won a beautiful 3 wheeler pushchair well worth over £500 for the grand total of about £10 including the courier blush

TheChilliMoose Tue 23-Jun-09 10:20:02

chocolatefudge do you mean this site? www.lastminute-auction.com/uk/

meemarsgotabrandnewbump Tue 23-Jun-09 10:23:08

no, as pinktulips says they up the postage to compensate.

If I list something to sell starting at 99p, I am prepared for the fact that it may only go for 99p.

TheChilliMoose Tue 23-Jun-09 10:30:39

I'm always very wary of the postage costs and I don't bid on something where I think they are trying to make money from the postage.

chocolatefudgebrownie Tue 23-Jun-09 10:38:01

TheChilliMoose - sorry yes I do mean that site! Rubbish at links blush

TheChilliMoose Tue 23-Jun-09 10:43:40

Lol that's ok.Handy site that. Is anyone else having problems viewing pictures on Ebay at the moment, or is it just my computer?

missmelly Tue 23-Jun-09 13:23:33

mine is fine

paisleyleaf Tue 23-Jun-09 13:25:38

It was 99p trousers from monsoon that never turned up recently (never got the refund either) hmm

TheChilliMoose Tue 23-Jun-09 13:31:08

That's really annoying paisleyleaf. Did you put in a claim with paypal?

paisleyleaf Tue 23-Jun-09 13:34:07

No. Maybe I should have.
Just did bad feedback ...as she was also really difficult to communicate with.

TheChilliMoose Tue 23-Jun-09 13:47:07

You might still have time to put in a claim. I know it is only 99p + postage, but it'll go on her Ebay record and if she does it a lot she'll get suspended.

paisleyleaf Tue 23-Jun-09 14:39:14

Thanks. I might look into doing that smile

Pingpong Tue 23-Jun-09 15:15:57

no guilt at all.
If you start an auction at 99p you have to be prepared to let it go for that.
paisleyleaf I think you have 45 days to start a dispute

PrammyMammy Tue 23-Jun-09 21:32:00

I'm so used of my baby clothes ending at 99p that i feel guilty when they go higher lol!

Flibbertyjibbet Tue 23-Jun-09 21:49:53

No, not at all.
Someone won my fridge for 99p when we moved!
I just wanted it gone, he emailed to say he'd understand if I didn't want him to have it!
I said come and get it you won it fair and square. He still felt guilty and turned up with wine and choccies for me!!

Its swings and roundabouts - somethings you win for more, some less, when you sell its the same.

I have had some people give crap excuses for not sending though when I win 99p stuff... like the hotwheels set the chap claimed his daughter had broken just minutes before the auction ended. I added him to favourite sellers and sure enough caught him when he relisted it a fortnight later grin

FiveGoMadInDorset Tue 23-Jun-09 21:53:35

No, most of my clthes go for 99p I make about 50p on the p&p, but it is gone and out of my hair and attic and being put to good use.

Funny, sometimes I do feel bad when I buy something for 99p, I just got a lovley dress from Polarn for dd for 99p and I almost wanted to pay more.

However I don't care a jot when I sell stuff for 99p or even 50p, sell enough and it soon adds up. If I don't want it to sell that cheap then I list it for more.

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