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Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 7:09 AM


I was just wondering if anybody in sploofus land uses Ebay?

I use the British one but things on it don't get much exposure on the american one.

(By the way is it against any rules to discuss other websites like this? If so, please delete if possible)

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 8:14 AM

I have been using eBay almost since they day they started. It is an amazing site where you can get great stuff, or ripped off easily if you are not careful.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 8:25 AM

Yes, Baggi, I both buy and sell on eBay, ours and yours. I collect Dunoon mugs, Edinburgh Crystal, jigsaw puzzles of Scotland, and Scottish books which I prefer to read in the original, rather than the Americanized versions. The postage is shocking, but there you are.

I also buy all CDs, DVDs, printer ink, and many gifts for friends and family to suit their individual interests. Last few years I've even done most of my Christmas shopping there! It's a great place to get autographed items if you're very careful. I have a number of signed first editions (Ian Rankin, Dorothy Dunnett, Diana Gabaldon, Frank McCourt, John Updike), and have gifted friends with signed items from their sports heroes (gave my Blackburn friend a signed Simon Garner jersey--BIG hit!).

I've also made a few eBay friends along the way. I'm known as ylw85brd over there; a reference to the car I had when I joined.

Happy bidding!

Maurlin  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 2658)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 8:46 AM

I've bought and sold on eBay before, but not very much. I didn't realize there were separate ones for different countries. I thought that one just posted on it and everyone in the computer world anywhere could see it.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 8:48 AM

I have been eBaying since 2001 and my house shows it. I have enough stuff that I don't need I could fill up a large stall at an antiques mall. I have collected old postcards for years and eBay opened up a new source. Sold for a while but got lazy with the picture taking, trips to the P.O. etc. Time to unload though. That antique mall sounds better all the time. I use my Sploofus screen name for eBay also.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 8:55 AM

The reason I asked, was I am currently in the process of starting up my own ebay shop.

I have a large selection of LP albums to get rid off (all in excellent condition). I have quite a few American based compilations and country music etc).

Once I have it all set up and have put stuff up there, I will let you all know the link to the shop and you can browse.

(Hopefully that will be allowed.)

Diva305  (Level: 145.6 - Posts: 1641)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 10:15 AM

I make and sell hats on E Bay
Not too many up now, haven't had time since the old homestead burned down, but planning on getting back into it soon.

Check out the activa scroll

With the $$$ I make, I can buy other things, like hat racks for MY 100 hats or gifts for family and friends. It's fun and can be profitable.

Good Luck

Surreyman  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 11:19 AM

For years I bought British Empire 'antique' postage stamps on the UK Ebay auctions.

Am now considering setting up to sell 'em.

Massive collection available if anyone's interested!

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 12:56 PM

Kaufman's First Law of Auctions: If an item interests you, there is at least one other person willing to pay more for it than you are.

In short, I myself don't bother.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 12:58 PM

I buy on ebay but don't sell because I'm too lazy to actually follow through with the whole "sending" part. Which is a shame because I have kids clothes boxed up and in the way. And my husband keeps threatening to sell parts of motors or something but when I think of actually having to make the effort, I decide to go have a glass of a nice cabernet and the mood passes.


Sat, 31st Mar '07 1:17 PM

I put a very young as a business for sale up on ebay once a LONG time ago. It was right after the teams blowout and I was burned out of the whole thing. Actually had some really good offers but never met the reserve.


I wouldn't part with it today

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 1:40 PM

Justin, that is deffo good news. I personally could not imagine life without Sploofus.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 1:52 PM

Nor Sploofus under the control of someone else or >shudder< a corporation.

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 6036)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 2:06 PM

Please don't ever change your mind, Justin, and sell Sploofus on ebay! We like things the way they are, even with the every now and then glitches.


Sat, 31st Mar '07 3:04 PM

Alistair, Donna and Marilyn: YOU ROCK!

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 3:17 PM

I agree Justin, dont ever sell the Island. I can not think how someone who purchased it just to have it could possibly care more about the site than the person who set it up as his dream.

Bottom line- Sploofus gets sold, I'm outta here.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 3:22 PM

That must have been before Kelly & I joined and made your day.

Now I have to go find some batting cages before I go stir crazy.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 3:43 PM

I've been on ebay almost since the beginning. I took this past year off, but vowed today to get back in the water. I have an antique advertising business - I sell trade cards, blotters, and other advertising brochures from about 1880 - 1930 or thereabouts.

My ebay ID is alices*ads. Feedback of 2766. Today might be the day that I list again after my long absence. Went to an antique ephemera show today and wanted everything, and yelled at myself and told myself that I had it all in my house already. I've estimated that I have about 20,000 items of ephemera for sale.

Anyone interested in that sort of thing, just send me a PM!

Good luck with your store, Baggy, and Justin - thank goodness the reserve was not met!


Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 3:55 PM

Bagster, I'm an old-school vinyl collector. Let me know what you have. I might be waaaaaaaay interested.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.3 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 8:46 PM

Ebay has become my only source of income since I became disabled. It seems like it takes forever for disability to kick in, so I began an Ebay store about a year ago. I dabble in almost anything. The store is BormaxEmporium. I shop auctions, and yard sales for worthy items, and then list them.

If you have the time, and patience it can be a really great source of income. I recently emptied the store, and am slowly restocking it. You would be surprised at some of the things you acquire. I guess my greatest find was a 1974 lego set still in the original package never assembled. It was like a boat or something and not even very big. I purcased it at a garage sale for a buck, put it on Ebay, starting at 99 cents and the dang silly thing sold for 167 dollars or something. It was unreal. Who knew lol?

I wish you much success in your venture. Rocco

Roccotab  (Level: 60.3 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 9:32 PM

Justin Sploofuser number 1. Out of curiosity from someone who loves a great bargain, what was the reserve on this great piece of real estate if you don't sharing? To me it would have been a strange twist of events that would have made an impact on over 27,00 differet lives, 26,000 if you dont count gillian lol I am sorry that was so wrong.

Anyway it would be interesting to me to know just how close to island anilation we had become. RT

Roccotab  (Level: 60.3 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 9:34 PM

suppose to say "if you don't mind sharing" I am a veg. lol

Roccotab  (Level: 60.3 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 31st Mar '07 9:39 PM

also should be "over 27,000" not 2700 I need to proof read more lol.

Iautah  (Level: 213.6 - Posts: 91)
Sun, 1st Apr '07 9:02 AM

I have purchased some Olympic pins on eBay, maybe about 15-20 pins, but none in the last three years. I was really turned off of eBay a couple of years ago, when I tried to buy an expensive item, a Personal Seat License to a professional football team. The seller claimed to have only one license available, because a family member no longer wanted to go to the games. I was outbid, only to get an e-mail from the seller saying that another license had become available, and wanting to do the transaction off line. I became very leery that this was not a legitimate deal (the license may have been a fake, and where did this supposed second license come from), and I did not like the idea of not having eBay's fraud investigation team around if something went wrong, so I did not do the off-line transaction.


Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 1st Apr '07 10:14 AM

lautah, that is quite a strange thing and you were absolutely correct not to do any deal off-line.

If it had been genuine then the seller could have offered you it through ebay by way of a second chance offer. which would at least protect you through ebay. Well done for not getting caught by something like that

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 1st Apr '07 12:38 PM

Second chance offers are relatively new - only about a year old. So, it certainly could have been legit - or not. Problem is you never know. I am happy to say that in the many thousands of items I have sold on ebay I only had 4 people ever who didn't pay, and I never purchased anything that wasn't what I was expecting. Basically, it is a pretty good place to be.


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 1st Apr '07 12:42 PM

I used to shop ebay quite often, but have never sold anything. Since I got addicted to Sploofus I rarely visit eBay anymore.

But I have quite an extensive collection of Nativity scenes. I'm not particularly religious, but I really love a unique and unusual creche

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