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#57246 - 10/08/05 07:57 PM Ebay  
Dnkldorf  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,064
nowhere usa
It is me, or are people really buying things off Ebay at ridiculous prices.

I have been looking for a Greenlee 555e for quite some time, I don't need one this second but I figure if I found a good deal I would pick one up.

Some people are bidding $3000 for a used thing, and some went for over $4000.

Same with a Fluke 434. Someone paid over $4500 for one.

Using a simple search off google, you can buy a brand new 555e for @$2900.

I got my 434 for less than $3700.

What are they thinking?


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#57247 - 10/08/05 08:11 PM Re: Ebay  
dmattox  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 265
Anaheim, CA
Ebay used to be good when it first came out. But now common items go for around retail it seems. Add shipping, not knowing who you are buying from and the difficulty if there is a problem with the item, it isn't worth it to me.

It is good if you are looking for something rare, but I wouldn't buy tools off it.

#57248 - 10/08/05 08:29 PM Re: Ebay  
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,142
When I was building my pool I got a lot of the stuff on Ebay. I got a big bag of 44 misc grounding clamps and such (including a few Kupletaps) for $8, a couple GFCI QO breakers for $6 each and some Jandy valve actuators for ~$50. You just have to use good Ebay dicipline and don't pay too much.

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#57249 - 10/08/05 08:33 PM Re: Ebay  
NORCAL  Offline
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 874
Go to a regular auction, and watch people get whipped up into a frenzy, overpaying for the goods, they will pay the cost of new goods (or more) [Linked Image] for used merchandise. The key to any auction is knowing when to back off after it reaches the max price one is willing to pay for it.

P.S. If it hits 1/2 of new price, its past time to be considering buying new,w/ wear, no warrenty, not worth it, IMO.

Another thing about regular auctions, it's sometime fun to watch people buy goods they cannot use, was at one for a retiring EC, they were buying 8'strips for $10 ea (new) the problem was they were 277V.

#57250 - 10/08/05 08:46 PM Re: Ebay  
BigJohn  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 391
Boston, MA
I think the trick with e-Bay is the same as anywhere else: Don't buy on impulse.

A lot of stuff goes for almost or sometimes above retail even before S/H fees. But you can get some really sweet deals: After a lot of patients, I got a brand-new, with-warranty Fluke 179 for $140 which included shipping.


#57251 - 10/09/05 07:02 AM Re: Ebay  
MikeK3145  Offline
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 39
Plainfield, Il
I'm not a big fan of eBay or auction sites in general mainly because they rarely seem to have what I want, when I want, at a price I'm willing to pay. I've certainly seen any number of items sell for well above retail. I think it's the "auction" atmosphere that just makes people stupid. Which is great if you're the seller...

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#57252 - 10/09/05 07:22 AM Re: Ebay  
electricbill  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 20
chester ny usa
that price for the bender is with-out the "shoes" it's ALOT more once you buy them!
bought mine for $1500 WITH the shoes on e-bay 2 yrs ago

#57253 - 10/09/05 08:26 AM Re: Ebay  
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,883
Brick, NJ USA
Hmmmmm.......maybe I should 'list' the bucket truck there.....



#57254 - 10/09/05 09:49 AM Re: Ebay  
circuit man  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 273
well i have to say i've been buying on ebay for about two years & have had only one bad experience the whole the others are saying ya gotta know what you wanta pay for something & stop. some times ya get a deal then ya don't. as for most of the sellers on ebay 99 % of them are great people & willing to work things out,then you have a few bad apples just like anywhere else. just my 3cents worth.

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#57255 - 10/09/05 09:58 AM Re: Ebay  
tkb  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 94
I've bought a bunch of tools on eBay, but I always check to check the price of a new one.

If I can't buy it for 1/2 of the new price I don't bother.

Be careful with the pictures, some people don't use the picture of the actual item.

I am sure that eBay is an easy fencing operation of stolen tools. Can't prove it though.

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