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Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Pomse2001 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:40 pm

I remember when I started to collect in 2001 and looked after vintage star wars on EBAY. Then most of the auctions started with biddings at £1 or less.

Where are all this auctions today ? most start with much higher bids or buy it now. Why ? :? I am so tired of this high starting bids or crazy buy it now prices. Is it just me or is ebay changing from an auction site to a buy it now site :?

What do you think ?

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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby subzero » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:16 pm

I do remember when I also first discovered ebay in 2001 and started collecting, 99p auctions were absolutely everywhere, every page was full of them.

Now I only ever see the odd 99p listing once in a while from sellers that aren't sure of the value, but most do start high these days.
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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Pomse2001 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:34 pm

subzero wrote:I do remember when I also first discovered ebay in 2001 and started collecting, 99p auctions were absolutely everywhere, every page was full of them.

Now I only ever see the odd 99p listing once in a while from sellers that aren't sure of the value, but most do start high these days.


I agree and why do they do it, prices is crazy at the moment so they will all sell for more than the 99p :?

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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Cazza » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:56 pm

They are getting fewer and fewer. It's a shame for buyers, but can understand from a seller's point of view to a certain extent.

I recently sold a mint, complete Dengar starting at 99p, finishing on a Sunday evening. Went for 99p, so I wasn't best happy at all. Starting from a higher price protects the seller from this sort of thing happening.
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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Section 8 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:32 pm

Ebay are now only charging a listing fee if the item sells. In the past people would list for 99p as this would avoid a listing fee. The change allows sellers to charge what ever they like and not worry about a fee if the item doesn't sell.
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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:41 pm

Quick this guy's got a squillion on starting at £0.05

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/starwars1977 ... pg=&_from=

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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby SAVORY100 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:38 pm

TheJabbaWookie wrote:Quick this guy's got a squillion on starting at £0.05

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/starwars1977 ... pg=&_from=

And it's not me before you ask :lol:


Tread carefully... lots of repro and replacement bits in these listings. All openly described, but still not great is it... :roll:
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Postby ODB » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:55 pm

Well its because ebay now tell you a trending price to start your auction at even though the algorithm they use is woeful and can't correctly identify the exact details of listing. So people just follow this, combine with the fact that its free to start at these prices means no one starts low any more. All an attempt to get more from final valuation fees.
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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby subzero » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:50 pm

ODB wrote:Well its because ebay now tell you a trending price to start your auction at even though the algorithm they use is woeful and can't correctly identify the exact details of listing. So people just follow this, combine with the fact that its free to start at these prices means no one starts low any more. All an attempt to get more from final valuation fees.


That's an excellent point I forgot about that, ebay have been introducing little changes in recent years just like this one to the site, which has basically eliminated a lot of 'bargains' on ebay now.

I'm sure there are other changes too which I can't remember off the top of my head.
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Postby Pomse2001 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:18 pm

Cazza wrote:They are getting fewer and fewer. It's a shame for buyers, but can understand from a seller's point of view to a certain extent.

I recently sold a mint, complete Dengar starting at 99p, finishing on a Sunday evening. Went for 99p, so I wasn't best happy at all. Starting from a higher price protects the seller from this sort of thing happening.


Sorry to read about it only sold for 99p I thought the price was higher today :shock:

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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Pomse2001 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:22 pm

TheJabbaWookie wrote:Quick this guy's got a squillion on starting at £0.05

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/starwars1977 ... pg=&_from=

And it's not me before you ask :lol:


That is the cheapest starting bids that I have seen in a long time, nice 8)

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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Pomse2001 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:24 pm

ODB wrote:Well its because ebay now tell you a trending price to start your auction at even though the algorithm they use is woeful and can't correctly identify the exact details of listing. So people just follow this, combine with the fact that its free to start at these prices means no one starts low any more. All an attempt to get more from final valuation fees.


Thanks I did not know that I have never sold on ebay only bought :D

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Re: Where are all the EBAY £1 starting bid auction ?

Postby Pomse2001 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:28 pm

I just tried to search for vintage star wars on ebay uk only in the uk 16.819 adds then I search for auctions. Only 1.987 out of the 16.819 in auctions
I must say I do not like it. With all this buy it now :evil:


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