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Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:08 PM


What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought or sold on eBay?

I paid $131.50 for a vintage Dunoon mug commemorating my husband's duty station in Holy Loch, Scotland - got it for his birthday. Bidding opened at $2.99 and went nuts in the last three minutes - what a rush! A couple years later I got the mate to it for six bucks. Go figure.

I'm not going to say what I paid for the complete set of personally owned, signed first editions of the Lymond Chronicles from the estate of Dorothy Dunnett - John reads these boards. Suffice to say they're the first things to go in the car when we evacuate for hurricanes.

Most I ever got for something I sold was $99 for a map disc of Iraq for a Hummer.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:11 PM

I bought our Bayliner boat on ebay. Saved a couple of thousand dollars.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:22 PM

Was there lively bidding for the boat? eBay used to be more fun but it seems like most stuff is buy-it-now these days.

John bought a 68 VW from a guy in Tyler, Texas and went and got it and towed it home on I-10 through a hurricane.

It sat in front of the house for 2 years and weeds grew up through it. He sold it for about what he paid for it when we moved because I forbade him to bring it to the new house, but he lost what it cost to go get it, which was more. That one comes in handy once in awhile.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:26 PM

I bought my first laptop, but have no idea how much I paid.

I bought a leather sofa and loveseat (local seller, picked it up in my truck) for $500

Those are the two biggest things I can remember.

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:27 PM

I bought a My Pet Monster once for about $10. It's been my only Ebay purchase. You have to admit that he is cool.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:28 PM

Oooh! He's too dear! I want one!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:31 PM

I just am too big a chicken to even look at Ebay. I know my limitations (and addictions).

However, we try so hard to keep our students from buying instruments on Ebay. I've had several whose parents refused to follow that rule.

One girl bought the most gorgeous hot pink electric violin for practically nothing. It was worth even less than that.

Lynnm  (Level: 237.9 - Posts: 2049)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:51 PM

I could easily get addicted to eBay. I love that last few frenetic minutes of bidding!

I've done a lot of recent Christmas shopping on eBay and I've done pretty well with that. I got a Magellan GPS for $70, an IPod Touch, 8th Gen for $85 and a Roomba for $109, all new, so those are all excellent deals. My favorite purchase was for myself - a wooden valet stand. I think I paid about $100 for it and I love it!

What I need to do is sell some stuff. I've never done that and I'm a little put off by the idea of having to ship things. Do you have to sped hours at the Post Office?

Love your monster, Koota!

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:52 PM

Yes, lively bidding. I outbid the guy in the last 30 seconds. My heart was racing. Afterward, the seller commented on my cutthroat bidding skills, but I wanted that boat BAD!

I don't sell on ebay because I'm too lazy to go to the post office.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:59 PM

Post office is no problem for me. I've only sold small items, crockery and books, and I pack them for shipment as soon as I list them so all I have to do when they sell is address them and mail them.

I don't believe in making your profit off the postage either, and I won't buy something even if it's a bargain if I feel like I'm getting ripped on shipping.

Lynnm  (Level: 237.9 - Posts: 2049)
Mon, 4th May '09 11:05 PM

Good point about the shipping costs, Smoke. There are always deals with free shipping available too, if you look hard enough.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3346)
Mon, 4th May '09 11:08 PM

Best thing I ever sold on ebay was a booklet about mining in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I put it up for 9.99 (this was about 5 years ago when prices were still high). It sold for over $400!!! Turned out that the woman who paid that much was anxious to have it because she knew that there were pictures of her grandfather in it.

I used to do a huge ebay business with my ephemera dating from about 1880-1930. Now, I am lucky if I sell one third of what I put up. I try to have about 30 things up all the time, but that doesn't always work. Try to keep a mix of ephemera up there - mostly trade cards and older postcards.

Anyone want to take a look, I am alices*ads.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 4th May '09 11:30 PM

Yeah, but she was just one person who wanted it that bad - someone else must've been willing to go $399.50! I always wondered about the guy who bid the Holy Loch mug up; the base was only there a few years and he may have been someone John knew.

Used to love the last-second sniping - synchronize clocks and make my final bid (plus fifty-FIVE cents) at 5 seconds, with sweaty shaking hands. Felt a lot like a billion-point wager.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 4447)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:59 AM

I'm very boring. I haven't bought anything from ebay in over a year. I bought a small wooden box with a cute squirrel carved in the lid. Then I put buckeyes in it that I'd gathered from Ohio, my mom's home state.

-- Geri

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Tue, 5th May '09 1:13 AM

I got caught up in Ebay buying years ago, thousands of dollars worth of fabric (to make into a quilt 'someday'), as well as 4 Singer Featherweight machines, they went for top $$$ then. Today, the market is lukewarm except for mint condition machines. I bought autographed pics (with certificates of authenticity) of my favorite celebrities, I bought commemorative coins from the USSR (supposedly more valuable after the dissolving of the union). I bought vintage crocheting books. My biggest ticket items were the sewing machines, but the total of the rest is mind-boggling. It was binge buying at its worst.

I don't do it today, except for small-cost items I can't get elsewhere. I've found great Karaoke disks and some pretty die-cut paper art.

E-bay selling is a challenge today -- the economy -- higher selling costs -- and savvier buyers.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 5th May '09 1:15 AM

I never bought anything expensive, but I did try to buy a set of Bill & Ted action figures. It was a full set with the elusive Rufus character doll and I bid $75 and someone swooped in at the very last second and got it. I was so mad I screamed and cried. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my hubby. There had been no other bidding for days and I thought I had it. Still makes me mad.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 5th May '09 2:32 AM

If you hurry, you might be able to scoop up the Jesus Tile currently listed on ebay. The Buy It Now price is a cool million bucks, but you can begin the bidding at a mere $75,000. This once in a lifetime offer ends in four days. You have got to see this! It's simply listed as Jesus Tile.

Personally, most of my purchases have been rather low in price. I've spent the most on antique majolica Art Nouveau tiles from England. Have been collecting them for years.

I've never really had any huge sales either. I did spend a dime at a yard sale once on a vintage Harley Davidson owner's manual. It sold for over $60, so I had a pretty good return on that one.

I only do ebay in spurts, but it's lots of fun!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3346)
Tue, 5th May '09 5:47 AM

I have a very large collection of advertising trays which I bought on ebay. I have no more room on my walls, so I haven't looked lately. I also like a particular designer's pins, and have quite a collection. Some I bought from the designer, and some come from ebay. Keep telling my husband all the money I am saving by getting them from ebay - of course, if I would stop buying them, I'd save even more.

The company also discontinued the color nail polish I like - so I buy that on ebay. Wonder how old it is??

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:59 AM

I also buy signed & numbered prints from my favorite artists. Of course, there are too many to have framed & matted so I have them in their boxes under my bed. I have Steve Hanks' Little Black Crow framed & matted and never been out of the box because I have no place I want to hang it.

I finally had to quit buying them but it is an obsession for me.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3843)
Tue, 5th May '09 9:30 AM

I am one of those love them or hate them snipers. I only bid one time, usually with less than 10 seconds left in the auction. The bid is always the most I am willing to pay for the item, so I never have any regrets if I don't win.

The most I ever paid was as a buyer for a friend who want a beautiful silver with hand-painted blues glass pickle caster for his father-in-law, who collects them. I sniped it for $415 on a bid of $425. The standing bid was about $330, but he had actually bid $405 in an auction with $10 increments.

I have a graded and certified 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent I plan to list. I should fetch approximately $1000, give or take a $100. This will be the most expensive sale for me, once finished.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 4:04 PM

I've been looking for that penny!!!

since the 50's

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Tue, 5th May '09 4:11 PM

I used to have one of those silver pennies. Don't know what ever happened to it.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 5th May '09 4:42 PM

Those silver pennies were actually zinc coated steel and they were minted in 1943. I bought a roll of assorted Walking Liberty halves about two years ago. When I checked them out I found a 1921D that was worth 4 times the price of what I paid for the whole roll. I emailed the seller of my find but never heard back from her.

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:30 PM

I bid $30,000 on the Brooklynd Bridge. Some lucky SOB outbid me in the last 10 seconds.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:25 PM

I bought a Wii for my mom about a year ago. Wasn't that great of a deal, but you got it right away. Of course she hardly ever uses it

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3843)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:56 PM

I have a certified set of the 1943 plain, S & D in very Mint State. I will part with them for $150, which is a bargain.

I will also accept a fair offer on the 1909-S VDB.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 5th May '09 9:08 PM

Are you offering?

Oogie54  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1120)
Tue, 5th May '09 10:00 PM

I bought a well-hole for ten bucks,sawed it up into post-holes and sold them for a buck each and made a nice profit.....was afraid I'd go in the hole on this deal.

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