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    I buy a lot of stuff on eBay, and I get good prices on it. The only way to do that is to look up what it costs to buy outright and make sure you don't get carried away on your bidding. I happened to notice this Phase II 10" horizontal/vertical rotary table that just sold there:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=7614403362

    Man, unless I'm missing something, that's a used table that just sold for more than the list price!

    Go figure,

    BW
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  • #2
    That's because people as a whole refuse to think and do any research on something before they make a purchase.

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    • #3
      Cought up in the heat of the moment?

      Just plain stupid?

      Really wanted THAT table?

      I have seen it too,I don't have the answers,Its just crazy.

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      • #4
        Yup, ENCO is selling the Phase II 10" HV rotary for $295 (sale) usual $352.
        Reliable strikes again.
        Steve
        Steve

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        • #5
          In my case it usually caused by bringing up ebay and seeing something I'm interested in ending in about 2 minutes time. Panic sets in thinking it may be a good deal so I don't take time for research. When cooler thinking, what I've done is go to the left side of the screen and click on "completed items" and see what the history is of similar items has been for the past few weeks. I usually end up not bidding!
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          • #6
            Yod

            Must be nice to have that much self-control!

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            • #7
              I buy quite a bit of 3" brass round stock for flywheels. Lately I have found it selling on Ebay for 20% more than I can get it from Metal Express for. I think some people figure if it is on Ebay, it has to be a good deal. L,H&R

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              • #8
                go to real live auction sometime. i have seen step ladders sell so high i could have gone to the hardware store bought new ones and made good money on them. other things that go like that are chaines and some building materials.

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                • #9
                  Yea, In case I haven't told anyone here,I saw with my own eyes 4 fractional size transfer punch sets Enco or simular, go for over $125.00, I was laughing so hard I didnt get the final bid.
                  Yes folks these can be had for $9.99 each.

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                  • #10
                    Happens all the time when people don't do their homework or get caught up in thinking it is a big deal to "win" an auction.

                    At a hardware store auction recently, I watched several Delta benchtop drill presses sell for $120.00 each, plus 10% buyers premium. The boxes were clearly marked $119.95. The same tool at a big box sells for $97.00.

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                    • #11
                      I often search for tools on the US e-bay site instead of the UK site, as with a favourable exchange rate and no shipping problems (with stuff coming to the UK) its often bargain time for us on this side of the pond.

                      About 2 months ago I was looking for a simple tapping head. Over here the old Archer #1's & #2's go for silly money, and I spotted a Harbor Freight one over there. Bought for a single job, 3 months old, pristine condition. He listed the fact that it was bought new from Horrible Fright for $99.99, and had it up for $9.99 starting bid and $15 posting cost.

                      It sold for $139. By the time the shipping was added on that was $50 more than the delivered cost from HF. I couldn't figure out why, HF still have it on the site as a stock item for $99.99.

                      Peter

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                      • #12
                        Now don't be "bad mouthing" those Ebay buyers..........LOL

                        I've got this "great" item that I plan on putting up (before those crazy bidders run out of money........)

                        I recently re-roofed my house and have a box of "vintage" (some might call them "used") roofing nails that I'm sure must be worth $200-$300. They're the "real expensive" kind............you know........the "galvanized" ones.

                        Can't wait to see what some "moron" will bid on them. The trick is to make them seem "special" without actually lying about what they are.

                        My brother sells goofy looking rocks on Ebay.........Amazing what someone will pay for a rock that "he (my brother) thinks" looks like Elvis or Jerry Garcia..........LOL..........
                        RPease

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                        • #13
                          That table was from Reliabletools. They have a large following and no hassle return policy and sell about a $mil a month. I have had good luck with them but I decide what the item is worth to me, someone bids a nickel more, they have it.
                          re
                          Herm Williams

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                          • #14
                            eBay Insanity

                            When I was looking for used machinery I kept an eye on Reliable tool. They never had a reserve on any item and I followed the auctions to the end. Most machines and large tooling items ended at about half what they were worth. I asked a friend, who also has an ebay store, why their prices were so low. He said that it is because they never actually sell anything unless it gets up to the price they want. He said to follow one of their bargain items to the end and then go check to see what the final price was. I looked it up and the item never sold, it was pulled. I have heard that there are a lot of folks that do that kind of thing. That would really be a pain, to think you had a chance to get an item and then have it pulled. Reliable is fun to look at but I bet you can't get any bargains there.

                            Just my humble opinion.

                            Jim (KB4IVH)
                            Jim (KB4IVH)

                            Only fools abuse their tools.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by john hobdeclipe
                              Happens all the time when people don't do their homework or get caught up in thinking it is a big deal to "win" an auction.

                              At a hardware store auction recently, I watched several Delta benchtop drill presses sell for $120.00 each, plus 10% buyers premium. The boxes were clearly marked $119.95. The same tool at a big box sells for $97.00.
                              I've seen a similar situation exist with those cheap chinese drill presses Horror Freight sells. At the time they were $60 new, but I saw them go for over $70 at auction a coupla times, and they were thoroughly beat up to boot.


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