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Feb 16, 2009 (edited)

Having just spent a lot of money on what I think is a rare item, eBay often comes up trumps with what can only be described as What????

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Apr 29
Anyone bought it from us at TCG?
Apr 29

Lokki wrote:
Anyone bought it from us at TCG?


I hope not - no copy of this is a £400 copy, and that one looks far from perfect (dust jacket scratches and indentions, etc).
Apr 29
Had an inscription too... I still wanted it, but not that badly
May 3
(edited)
Seller: cv00030 (2551)
Ended May 1, 2019
£127.00
[39 Bids]
Why?

Edit: Ahhh, now I see. Our favourite eBayer cv00030. The listing was private, and therefore any cautious buyer would have to assume shill bidding was a high risk (there is no reason that I can think of for private listing of non-sensitive items other than to make shill bidding less obvious).

eBay Item #113724923501
May 15
Seller: rsabooksellersoz (2520)
Ends Jun 13, 2019 10:54:36 AM
Buy-It-Now:
AU $85.99
eBay Item #303154224226

Wow! This is a complete disaster!
May 15

Jlong wrote:

Wow! This is a complete disaster!


That... is a complete disaster. Recycling, or compost bin? Tough choice.
May 15
Seller: cv00030 (2551)
Ended May 1, 2019
£127.00
[39 Bids]

Stu wrote:
Why?

Edit: Ahhh, now I see. Our favourite eBayer cv00030. The listing was private, and therefore any cautious buyer would have to assume shill bidding was a high risk (there is no reason that I can think of for private listing of non-sensitive items other than to make shill bidding less obvious).

eBay Item #113724923501


Note to eBay buyers - protected bidding is a huge, huge warning sign that something shady is going on for anything a Tolkien collector might be interested in (really, almost any collector). If you look at the bidding history for this item, it is clear that the seller (through another account) was placing extremely high bids in order to see what the real bidder's top value was, then cancelling the high bid and placing another bid just under. This causes the real bidder to pay top dollar for the book even though there was no real competition for it. This is illegal (not just against eBay terms and conditions, it is actually illegal).

Avoid this seller, and avoid private auctions on eBay!

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May 15
Seller: cv00030 (2551)
Ended May 1, 2019
£127.00
[39 Bids]

Urulókë wrote:

Stu wrote:
Why?

Edit: Ahhh, now I see. Our favourite eBayer cv00030. The listing was private, and therefore any cautious buyer would have to assume shill bidding was a high risk (there is no reason that I can think of for private listing of non-sensitive items other than to make shill bidding less obvious).

eBay Item #113724923501


Note to eBay buyers - protected bidding is a huge, huge warning sign that something shady is going on for anything a Tolkien collector might be interested in (really, almost any collector). If you look at the bidding history for this item, it is clear that the seller (through another account) was placing extremely high bids in order to see what the real bidder's top value was, then cancelling the high bid and placing another bid just under. This causes the real bidder to pay top dollar for the book even though there was no real competition for it. This is illegal (not just against eBay terms and conditions, it is actually illegal).

Avoid this seller, and avoid private auctions on eBay!



Also worth stating, you should NEVER use eBay's proxy bidding - EVER. This is essentially what unscrupulous sellers like this one take advantage of to find the unwary buyer's max price. Always bid on eBay using a bid sniping service such as Auction Sniper. This prevents the shyster seller from having time to suss out your max bid and then retracting. It is still possible to be shilled when using a sniper, but the risk is much, much lower.

And like Uruloke says, just don't buy from sellers that list privately. In 99% of cases they are doing it to try and rip you off. If they are trying to rip you off on price, what else are they trying to rip you off on?
May 15
(edited)
This is comedy gold, so sticking it in the Wonders of thread, even though it is not Tolkien related.

He has bought a first edition paperback of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone from a charity shop/thrift store and gets all excited as he completely misunderstands the number line in books

The misunderstanding on the number line is about 40 seconds in.

He shows a hardback of The Deathly Hallows, which has First edition on the number line, over 8 million copies were printed of the first edition.

May 16
Seller: dogfark (2090)
Ends Jun 15, 2019 5:57:10 PM
Buy-It-Now:
£359.10
Another overpriced book from this seller:

eBay Item #233229762650
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