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    I guess there are many selling strategies on ebay. I have just stumbled across a seller (who happens to be from my neck of the woods, and who knows? he maybe on here) who definitely follows the price it high model with a view, I suppose, of targeting the sort of (clueless) buyer who believes that you must pay a high price for a quality product. Most are BIN or best offer so maybe low offers are accepted, but looking at his feedback he is doing pretty well selling dross.

    Here is one example of a recent sale
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VANILLA-IC...p2047675.l2557

    £14.99 for a Vanilla Ice 12" of which there are currently 34 for sale on Discogs with a selling history of low 2p median £1 high £2

    More examples are lurking in his feedback (although he is selling more comics than records it seems). The prices on the active items are all over the place but all high, and the grading is non existent, or vague at best!

    I suppose you have to applaud him really.

  • #2
    I suppose something like this is the equivalent of Urban Outfitters knocking out secondhand LP's for a premium - some hipster ironic value?

    Having said that, from a quick skim through the feedback this and this are nuts. No More Lonely Nights for £9.99?

    I'm going to start whacking up BINS all over the place.

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    • #3
      Sort of a pile it high sell it high model with so much listed they are bound to sell some, there are a few of them on the bay. I wonder if the record buyers get him in anyway to test the record they buy as per his description before purchase.

      Anyway as its one of my hobbies reading other peoples negative feedback I was glad to come across this gem in theirs:

      "A drawn on beard , moustache and boobs in biro does NOT mean very good condition" That was for a "12 TOPS - Volume 23 - Original 1974 UK12-track LP " at 6.99 although a best offer price was accepted.

      That said just browsing his/her listings and his prices are a bit hatstand. I notice he has the odd auction for things they probably deem collectors pieces. I do like rumours its clichéd to say but its beautifully mastered and one of my wifes favourite albums so a great demo to prove records are better when I play it. However I find copies all the time, spent 2 quid on two mint copies recently + another 3 records came with it as the second one was part of a 4 for a quid deal. Not sure I'd pay his asking price: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FLEETWOOD-...item35d1adcf39
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      • #4
        Originally posted by candiman View Post
        I guess there are many selling strategies on ebay. I have just stumbled across a seller (who happens to be from my neck of the woods, and who knows? he maybe on here) who definitely follows the price it high model with a view, I suppose, of targeting the sort of (clueless) buyer who believes that you must pay a high price for a quality product. Most are BIN or best offer so maybe low offers are accepted, but looking at his feedback he is doing pretty well selling dross.

        Here is one example of a recent sale
        http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VANILLA-IC...p2047675.l2557

        £14.99 for a Vanilla Ice 12" of which there are currently 34 for sale on Discogs with a selling history of low 2p median £1 high £2

        More examples are lurking in his feedback (although he is selling more comics than records it seems). The prices on the active items are all over the place but all high, and the grading is non existent, or vague at best!

        I suppose you have to applaud him really.


        Although he did sell it though! So job done!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by amidar View Post
          "A drawn on beard , moustache and boobs in biro does NOT mean very good condition" That was for a "12 TOPS - Volume 23 - Original 1974 UK12-track LP " at 6.99 although a best offer price was accepted.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by amidar View Post
            "A drawn on beard , moustache and boobs in biro does NOT mean very good condition"
            Surely you can charge extra for the additional content?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by amidar View Post
              Not sure I'd pay his asking price: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FLEETWOOD-...item35d1adcf39
              The seller has all the blurb '1977 Burbank original' - only problem is that it ISN'T A 1977 Burbank original! (Which might actually be worth £25 if it was a mint first pressing)

              You can still see the stain the nice price sticker has left on this copy!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by highland cow View Post
                The seller has all the blurb '1977 Burbank original' - only problem is that it ISN'T A 1977 Burbank original! (Which might actually be worth £25 if it was a mint first pressing)

                You can still see the stain the nice price sticker has left on this copy!
                Yeah, I noticed that, one of those exclamation mark stickers I presumed.
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                • #9
                  The master of this would be Bob Djkuic (I might've spelt that wrong) who is much mocked/heralded on Waxidermy. Ringing ridiculous prices out of auctions through completely hyperbolic listing. The "Hot Stamper" nonsense is another variant.

                  I can't seem to link to PT Barnum JPEGs at work but I'm sure you can all visualize one.
                  "As technology has advanced, vinyl records are outdated as they are music from the 19th Century so only hipsters and elderly people buy vinyl records".

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                  • #10
                    Unbelievable, nay staggering levels of chutzpah...

                    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEX-PISTOL...item35dbd14f36

                    And only £4.99 ( +£2.45 p&p)......Sure the centre's solid, but it's not 7" all round, is it?
                    you can hear colours when they rhyme...

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                    • #11
                      “Great vinyl”

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                      • #12
                        ^^^ And not a single word on grading on any of their listings.
                        Gilbert O Sullivan - Christmas Song (UK MAM 7") £14.99. Anyone?
                        record licker

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                        • #13
                          For what it's worth, comics formerly being my business, the Victor comics are at least 3 x going rate and there are condition issues with all the examples I looked at. In it's day Victor was the most popular boys comic so you can imagine the quantity that survive.
                          djh

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                          • #14
                            Here's a good example from Tradera, eBay in Sweden:
                            http://www.tradera.com/item/210830/2...ladje-vinyl-lp

                            This record is a legend in Swedish cratedigging. It's very rare to find a charity crate without at least one copy, and there is even a Facebook group called "I have seen Pelle Karlsson" with the charter to front every crate with Pelle's "Green Album" and document it.

                            The Tradera guy wants £7 for it, maybe one day when the charities have sent all the other 99.999 copies to recycling...
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                            "This is Modpowerpopsouljunkierock´n´roll so stop post shit like Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Grace Jones , Led Zeppelin and some other boring blues stuff, that kind of music don´t belong in this group, if I´ll ever see shit like that posted in this group again that person will be banned from this group forever!!!!"

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                            • #15
                              Yes, lots of that kind of things on ebay, but the point is that the original ebay seller is selling these things.

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