Ebay Morons Galore!

August 9, 2007

Let’s start with a classic search

Filed under: terrible auctions, video games — J @ 11:56 pm

Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt for the NES is probably the most common video game ever produced. This is not a trade secret, as every game store, flea market stand, and thrift store practically gives these cartridges away. With millions in circulation, the game is essentially worthless.

One of my favorite all-time ebay searches involves finding auctions for Mario/DH for more than $5. Many don’t sell for a penny (with a cheap Buy It Now too) as you’ll see here:

Not unusual

Sure, some sell, sometimes even as high as $2 plus shipping. That doesn’t stop people from thinking their NES game is ultra-valuable and posting it with an insane price. Here’s a great example that I just found:

Just awful
Eight dollars plus an unspecified shipping and handling fee? Yeah, let me get my wallet.

The seller also paid extra for the gallery and 10-day listing upgrade, so that was money well-spent. Yeah, there’s 20 hours left in the auction, but I think it’s safe to say this won’t be changing hands.

Money lost, just on this item: Listing fee: $.40, 10-Day Duration: $.40, Gallery: $.35. That’s $1.15 *lost* by selling on ebay. Their other items aren’t exactly bringing home the bacon either. Well done.

This is a new seller, so it’s probably either a 14-year-old or someone’s grandma. Actually, everything’s spelled right, so it can’t be a 14-year-old. Way to post something without doing any research on the item, granny.

1 Comment »

  1. I have a couple of items a month listed. I am not good at negotiation, actually I hate it when people offer me 1/2 of what my item is worth. Because of this I always hold my auctions without the “buy it now” or “make an offer” options activated. Basically, I want to be left alone, auction my item without hassel, then if the item doesn’t sell I’ll sometimes rethink the starting bid and relist. I have never had a windfall on eBay and Very often my items don’t make anything near where they are worth, but I want to get rid of them, and I figure at least I get something. My biggest gripe is the amount of people who message me with offers when I’m holding an auction, even though it’s against eBay policy and I state in my listing not to send me offers. I had 4 beautiful teapots for sale that ended today, my starting bid was $30. I had a lot of watchers but my auction ended while a lot of people would have been at work, so I intended to realist them for $25, for a quick sale. Before I could, I had some moron woman messaging me saying she noticed I didn’t sell them, lived nearby and wanted to come and give me $15 for them. How the hell am I suppose to pay my eBay fees with low life buyers like this around. eBay buyers have to be the most rudest stingiest people! I don’t understand it, because I don’t do that if someone is holding an auction. I respect sellers. If I want a lot of morons trying to con me, I’ll advertise on gumtree. For my eBay fees I expect to be able to hold a proper auction, where the price goes up, not down. I’m reporting all these scumbags from now on and I suggest everyone do the same. Thing is, they get a few desperate sellers that give into them and they think every auction is fair game!

    Comment by Lucy — June 8, 2012 @ 5:43 am

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