E-bay observations

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  1. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For you all collectors:

    I have started a DB (data base) of all the higher end collectibles and Leicas (including lenses and accessories) since about three weeks ago.

    I have observed an interesting trend, the best prices (buying wise) are happening every Sunday between 12:00pm and 8:00pm. That is, the items without reserve, of course... :D

    Happy buying...
     
  2. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Definitely good information to have! Thanks yo!

    Zach :D
     
  3. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is an interesting tidbit. Any speculation on why that is? Slow day? :thumbup:

    Thanks for the info, Mitica!
     
  4. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    What time would that be as GMT?
    My American geography is complete rubbish so I've got no idea where any of you are! sorry.
     
  5. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry Meysha, I should have thought of this before I posted... :blushing:

    That was the time for Arizona, which make the GMT about eight hours ahead of us. Sooo... If 12:00pm is in AZ then it's 8:00pm in France.
     
  6. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You're welcome...

    I guess everyone's watching some sporting event or some other TV event. I don't really know.
     
  7. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I've always wondered about this (when are folks on or not on Ebay). Like on a holiday; are the people too busy to be cruising Ebay, or do they even have more time to look?

    Somedays you can snatch up a deal at half the price it normally goes for. Does this mean I was the only person looking at it, or was there something that scared the other potential bidders away?

    Some of the best deals I've gotten is when an item was posted in the wrong category. Another trick I use (when I have the time) is to search for misspellings. For instance this is the proper way to spell Rolleiflex, but it gets spelled Rollieflex a lot. A Rolleiflex that people can find goes for $300+. A Rollieflex that no one else finds goes for cheap! :evil:
     
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    That is an interesting thought. That RollEI ;) that my hubby says he 'stole' off ebay was in pristine condition "as advertised"....but it had a Planar lens, not a Tessar as advertised. Still amazing that the seller just didn't look, or know enough to look. But Brad swears he's seen Planar-lens Rolleis go for over $600 on ebay, with bodies not in near pristine condition. Folks will pay for that lens. Just a fluke. Usually when an item is misrepresented you expect it to go the other way.

    btw, that particular auction ended on a Sunday, too, during the times Mitica said are slow.
     
  9. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Adding to ksmattfish's comments:

    The mis-spelling of Leica: Lieca, Lecia, Leika
    Same for Hasselblad: Hassleblad, Haselblad

    And so on...

    Also, if I want to find out more about a particular camera I search in all categories, including Antiques. Most likely people that are not familiar with cameras are told their older cameras are worth some money, hence they post them in Antiques to make more money.

    Another thought, if you like to stay up late, as in 2am or 3am, there are deals to be had at that time for half the price of the same ones found during the day.
     
  10. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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    Great tips!! :thumbup: Thanks guys! :)
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    Yep, I've had a couple great deals from misspellings and miscategorization. When I bought my enlarger, it was severely miscategorized (I don't recall where, I don't think it was even in Photo stuff) and got it for $50 opening bid. When I just got my Widelux, also for opening bid, it was listed in the heading as a WideFlux. :D (The descriptions were right though. It really pays to search descriptions and titles.)
     
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    panocho TPF Noob!

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    I had also noticed that thing about the sundays!! No idea what could be the reason, but seems to be true.
    As for the late hours -didn't know about that. I'll take a look! ;)
    I normally have some patience and browse the whole section (f. ex., 35mm film cameras), and also noticed that misspellings make prices lower, but not always though.
    This last months I've been quite a lot at ebay; got a lot of great deals, but still couldn't say what's the rule. Very often items perfectly listed and with no issues go for ridiculous prices...
    Well, now I know where are all you gonna be next sunday :mrgreen:
     

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