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24 / M / Las Vegas
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Posted 5/17/15
I rarely use Ebay... I prefer Amazon.
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You're right, ebay is pretty frustrating, I tend to ignore the bidding. Like you said, if it's too low a price members seem to remove the item or it's the other way around and people get carried away with the bidding and it's like, why not just buy it new and save yourself the hassle and time? I stick to Buy It Now if I want something off ebay.
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Posted 5/18/15
Ebay isn't safe anyway since a load of people had their accounts hacked. Everything on there could easily be not what they claim it is. You might think you're getting a good deal but then the good turn up damaged and broken, or just don't turn up at all.

I use amazon. You can find lots of otaku items on there, and for great prices too. And the best thing is they are from genuine and official distributors, not just random people who are selling something second-hand.
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Posted 5/18/15
I've had that happen a couple of times with my stamp collecting and one was a very pricey wholesale lot I was going to use for resale. I believe that it's against Ebay policy so you might want to report it. It's considered fraud, I think.
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I buy on eBay often and have been rather lucky. I collect retro games so sometimes eBay is the only option for some titles. Their are a few really great Japanese import stores on eBay that start all of their games at 1 cent. The bidding can be intense sometimes but you can get great deals particularly if you going for a lesser known game. I try to avoid buy it now because for retro games the buy it now price is almost always way more than the real going price. Retro gaming is in a huge price bubble right now.
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I've been a US Ebay seller off and on since 2005. It's a buyer's market and Ebay realizes this. It's ashamed you've experienced rotten luck trying to "win" something you've wanted get removed. I suggest you either avoid that seller or gather up all your "misses" and report him/her. Ebay has gotten better protecting both sides of a sale but it is clear that the buyer rules in today's market and ebay will be more likely to stand up for you than myself as a seller should a disagreement arise.

You can also try a sniping service like Esnipe. Here in the US they will bid for you with 6 seconds to spare before bid end 24/7. You can also cancel a bid through them for an item up to 5 minutes before auction end. Very convenient way to avoid frustration via bidding wars. Mind you, if your bid limit isn't high enough it won't matter whether you bid on your own or through this service. Esnipe can offer convenience but it won't reinvent bidding technique to your advantage if your monetary limit is lower than the next person bidding.

When buying Japanese I use either Buyee (provide English translations) as a proxy for Yahoo Auctions Japan or court some of the other proxies over there (Treasure-Japan comes to mind) familiar with otaku goods that entertain international buyers. For direct purchase I'll use Amazon over in Japan and reverse import BluRay anime shows that feature English subtitles rather than opt to allow myself to get hammered by Aniplex over here; example: Fate Stay Night / UBW BDs sell for 1/2 asking price than over here at Right Stuf. I learned to read a few decades ago so I don't mind reading written subtext versus listening to audio.
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Posted 5/18/15

bemused_Bohemian wrote:

I've been a US Ebay seller off and on since 2005. It's a buyer's market and Ebay realizes this. It's ashamed you've experienced rotten luck trying to "win" something you've wanted get removed. I suggest you either avoid that seller or gather up all your "misses" and report him/her. Ebay has gotten better protecting both sides of a sale but it is clear that the buyer rules in today's market and ebay will be more likely to stand up for you than myself as a seller should a disagreement arise.

You can also try a sniping service like Esnipe. Here in the US they will bid for you with 6 seconds to spare before bid end 24/7. You can also cancel a bid through them for an item up to 5 minutes before auction end. Very convenient way to avoid frustration via bidding wars. Mind you, if your bid limit isn't high enough it won't matter whether you bid on your own or through this service. Esnipe can offer convenience but it won't reinvent bidding technique to your advantage if your monetary limit is lower than the next person bidding.

When buying Japanese I use either Buyee (provide English translations) as a proxy for Yahoo Auctions Japan or court some of the other proxies over there (Treasure-Japan comes to mind) familiar with otaku goods that entertain international buyers. For direct purchase I'll use Amazon over in Japan and reverse import BluRay anime shows that feature English subtitles rather than opt to allow myself to get hammered by Aniplex over here; example: Fate Stay Night / UBW BDs sell for 1/2 asking price than over here at Right Stuf. I learned to read a few decades ago so I don't mind reading written subtext versus listening to audio.


Wow, that was a lot of really useful information! Thank you for all of this and I will be sure to check them out. I've had to go through Ebay to resolve a 'lost' shipment before and it was a really good experience. I don't think it's worth it in this case because it was really cheap and I was looking to save like $4 from what it would cost me to buy it.

Thank you again for your advice and recommendations!
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27 / M / Louisville, KY
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Posted 5/18/15
I only use eBay when someone is just trying to get rid of an item and not profit from it so much as make a little money.
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22 / M / Arizona
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Posted 5/18/15
I always snipe the bid on the remaining 10 seconds. You should read up on bidding increments and abuse the hell out of it when deciding on how high you should bid. I usually win most of my bids. Unless they withdraw the item or a certain reserve isn't met, this tech works pretty well in my opinion.
http://www.ebay.com/gds/Take-Advantage-of-Bid-Increments-/10000000002792188/g.html
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