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#1 peterg

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 15:27

This is one bargain I'm going to have to pass on.

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...em=381805901491



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#2 Goudy

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 22:09

Firebreakline's Buy-It-Now prices are optimistic, to put it mildly. There's a thread about that seller here.


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#3 Cob

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:04

Ha ha ha ha

 

Firebreakline...

 

Ha ha ha ha

 

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#4 mirosc

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:14

Ha ha ha ha

 

Firebreakline...

 

Ha ha ha ha

 

 

hahahaha


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#5 Alteyz

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 13:18

*Notices the seller name*

 

*Quietly closes tab*

 

Noped the heck out of there



#6 missuslovett

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 15:05

Second and third that: Hahahahahaha!!!

 

Edit to add:

 

Mirosc - your comment on the other thread about Firebreakline setting high Buy In Now prices to encourage silly bidding later was pretty much what I thought. There are a couple of other Ebay sellers who employ this same tactic. A kind of 'look how much this pen's worth', before offering it again in a bidding war.


Edited by missuslovett, 11 October 2016 - 15:16.


#7 Bagdatapolous

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 15:46

I knew someone who paid £400 for a pink snakeskin, around 6 years ago, top money but she would not be dissuaded.

 

This was from Penfriend in Burlington Arcade.

 

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#8 Cob

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 18:53

Another laugh - another dreamer...

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

 

No bids!  I wonder why?

 

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#9 northlodge

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 19:34

Another laugh - another dreamer...

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

 

No bids!  I wonder why?

 

Cob

 

I can just see the story behind this one;

 

I know nothing about fountain pens, a quick search of Swan throws up Firebreakline asking £400 and so I will sell mine at a bargain £200.

 

I have lost count at the amount of times I have heard someone claim their price was a bargain because they have seen a similar pen selling for £££££ more.



#10 missuslovett

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 21:39

Another laugh - another dreamer...

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

 

No bids!  I wonder why?

 

Cob

 

 

That's a daft bugger, right there. I bought one identical (except in slightly better condition) for £25. A good price but not altogether untypical.



#11 Alteyz

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 01:32

I have lost count at the amount of times I have heard someone claim their price was a bargain because they have seen a similar pen selling for £££££ more.


Unfortunately many people cannot grasp the concept that selling does not mean sold and use the selling price to evaluate the price of their items. Many sellers ive seen simply price around what others are selling for (which include highballers) not realising that a quick sold or complete listings search would reveal that they are highballing through the roof.

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 02:16

Works in many ways. 

 

I acquired a pen for a reasonable price.   Recently another came up in a different colour so, liking the first, I thought I may go for this one too. Starting price was $1. I chuck a dollar on to nail down the auction (yeah, you know where this is going).  Seller yanks the listing.  I ask and it turns out the seller was concerned that it may sell too cheaply and that these are rare pens.

 

A simple check of sold listings will show that they are neither rare nor particularly expensive or even desirable.

 

Not impressed by the action, but rather impressed by the seller's frankness regarding their greed.


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#13 Cob

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:34

Another joker - never mind "the part of the cap missing" - have a look at the nib!!

 

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#14 mirosc

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 13:22

Another joker - never mind "the part of the cap missing" - have a look at the nib!!

 

Well, he correctly states that the nib is clean  :P

 

seriously: At least he makes sure that there is no doubt about the nib, he describes it clearly enough.


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#15 Cob

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 14:36

 

Well, he correctly states that the nib is clean  :P

 

seriously: At least he makes sure that there is no doubt about the nib, he describes it clearly enough.

All true, but starting bid £18 (albeit with free postage)?

 

What would you pay?  Me?  I'd say a fiver for the bits that might just be useful.

 

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#16 missuslovett

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 15:06

Here's another optimist. Even though this is an outstanding pen, I'm not sure the Buy It Now price reflects reality. He seems to have an inexhaustible supply of really beautiful pens but I wonder how many of these monsters he's sold at those prices? 



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 18:35

Works in many ways. 

 

I acquired a pen for a reasonable price.   Recently another came up in a different colour so, liking the first, I thought I may go for this one too. Starting price was $1. I chuck a dollar on to nail down the auction (yeah, you know where this is going).  Seller yanks the listing.  I ask and it turns out the seller was concerned that it may sell too cheaply and that these are rare pens.

 

A simple check of sold listings will show that they are neither rare nor particularly expensive or even desirable.

 

Not impressed by the action, but rather impressed by the seller's frankness regarding their greed.

 

 

Update on this: the seller has now re-listed the pen and stated that they are hard to find (they really are not), and in addition to this has changed the settings on his/her account so that bidder identities are now private.  Does that strike anyone else here as being somewhat suspect?


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#18 Cob

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 19:18

 

 

Update on this: the seller has now re-listed the pen and stated that they are hard to find (they really are not), and in addition to this has changed the settings on his/her account so that bidder identities are now private.  Does that strike anyone else here as being somewhat suspect?

I am not sure about "suspect" but it is certainly curious.

 

As a matter of interest, has the starting price gone North?

 

Rgds

 

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 19:45

Not really, but the pen got listed and there were 3 immediate bids.  In the original it had sat for several days before I put my bid on, and I was the only bidder.

 

It's a little academic now though. I am resolved to rid myself of most if not all pens. Have 14 left, soon to be 11.  Heading in the right direction. Roll on freedom!


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 23:00

Another of my 'favourite' sellers

http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Excellent, restored condition” apart from the broken clip, bent nib and generally knocked about condition. Nicely polished though.





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