Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ruling Needed...

I am in need of the masses who don't read this blog.

Quick Background, or as quick as I can make it...

I'm needing a new backpack, as my current one is starting to go. As it was a 1-year anniversary gift from a years ago former employer, it's held up longer than I ever thought it would. All things being equal, I'd just as well replace it with the same model, but there's no sign/tag on the pack anywhere, so I have no idea who made it.

And rather than venture outside and risk exposure to...other people[ew], why not use my way-overpriced Internet connection and get it online? Also, why not indulge my inner Scrooge and get it cheap off of eBay? [our motto: Counterfeit? The Hell You Say!]

So 2 days ago I find an Oakley pack[don't judge] that looks decent. The seller has a Buy It Now price of $55 or Best Offer, along with free shipping. I make offers of 40, 41, and 42 bucks, all of which are rejected. Fine, no skin off my nose. Was it too low of an offer? Maybe. But since the auction ended with no sale, maybe not.

Earlier tonight I'm looking though some of my watched auctions, and I see the seller's re-listed the pack.

This time around, the auction is a straight Buy It Now, take it or leave it price of $40. The shipping is now $12 instead of free. Exact same pack.

Because I saw the previous listing, I have some questions.

Is this a dick move? Does the seller think he's pulling a fast one on somebody? Since no one bought the pack at $55 with 'free shipping', does he think someone's gonna leap on it now for $40 + $12 shipping? [3 dollar difference]

Sure, I understand. The whole beauty of eBay, buyers and sellers, the market decides, blah blah ECON1301-cakes.

Maybe I'll just use a stick and handkerchief and make a hobo bindle instead.

Mike G.