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This short story isn't going to be what you are expecting because I'm not going to bash eBay, in fact I love eBay and have bought a lot of stuff off of the site at fair to cheap prices. My 322 JDGT was bought off of the site in Illinois, My #49 snow thrower was bought off the site from Kansas, and my latest Ford F150 was bought through the site out of Phoenix AZ so I am pretty happy with the many buys I have gotten over the years.
This post is about the guy next door who is getting up in age but is still very mentally sharp at 84. He has had someone else whom I don't know sell a couple things for him on eBay and I guess he was ok with the outcome but last week I was over there and he starts handing me stuff to "put on eBay for him" since he is computer idiot. I told him he'd be better off in a yard sale but he insisted his PINK General Electric hand mixer that was a wedding gift in 1956 would bring "alotta" money on the site. He was thinking $50 to $75. I asked if he HAD to have a certain price and he said "No, just sell it". I laughed and at his insistence I brought it home and listed it for 5 days, no reserve.
Forward 2 days...he calls me over and showed me an antique radio he wanted to sell too. Sell It! he said.
So I listed it too and waited for bids to roll in. Well, Last night the Hand Mixer sold for $0.99 with shipping of $12.60 Flat rate USPS. The buyer paid me promptly for the item and the shipping. Wait for it.......
Today my neighbor went through the roof because I sold his dead wife's wedding mixer for $0.99
I told him it is what it is and just like at a live auction, if no one bids , it goes cheap and besides.... Bernadine didn't use it any more.(His dead wife)..... Then he asked about his prize possession radio that I had listed and I told him some has bid $19 on it so far, he about filled his pants at that moment telling me he paid alotta money for that thing years ago... He told me to take it off and stop the sale so I warned him it MAY cost to end the auction early and he would have to pay me for the damages. Well, I'm here to warn you don't try to do people favors unless they fully understand how the world turns now days. I ended the radio auction and am waiting for the fallout with eBay. If I get fined a couple dollars I think I'll just pay it myself and chalk it up to a lesson learned. Do not sell other people's belongings for them unless they are dead and can't complain about it. :unknown:
 

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So no discussion with him prior to listing about setting a specific reserve amount or anything like that? Yoikes!

Yeah, if you're going to sell someone else's stuff both parties need to be in agreement on all the details. Let him take his stuff to one of the "professional listers" out there.
 

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So no discussion with him prior to listing about setting a specific reserve amount or anything like that? Yoikes!

Yeah, if you're going to sell someone else's stuff both parties need to be in agreement on all the details. Let him take his stuff to one of the "professional listers" out there.


A hand mixer? Reserve? LOL. I wouldn't waste my time putting a reserve on a $15 handmixer. He KNEW it was going for ANY price and he THOUGHT it would bring more than $50. What he didn't know because he refused to believe me is that pink hand mixers aren't in high demand on eBay. I'll never list an item for someone else again. In fact, Even I don't sell on eBay just because of the fact it's a big gamble even with a reserve price. I buy from there often though. Items like that is such a time consuming waste to package and ship out, I made him take it to the post office to burn his $2 worth of gas and 30 minutes of HIS time to mail it off. I spent too much time on it the way it was.
 

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Yeah, some people don't seem to grasp what is a collectable hot item and what is just plain old nothing.
Regardless of how much you paid for it 40 years ago.

Example- say a certain rare tiny diecast piece of construction equipment made in the 60's and given out by salesmen to owners or potential customers for their kids to play with or hopefully leave in drawer untouched.
Worth in 2015- $750.00

And a console TV with all kinds of fancy wood cabinetry around it that one paid over $1000 for back 40 years ago.
Can't pay someone to take it.:laugh:

The latter was a case with my wife's uncle. Had this giant console TV in a shed that he would not let go of because he paid alot of money for it. Said over and over it was worth money because he paid so much for it.
 

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Are there any stores around you that sell stuff on Ebay for people? Might want to help yourself out by sending him there.

Does this mean you won't be retiring and opening one of those stores?:lol:
 

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Hey, I'm 62. How much can I get for myself? :lolol: Boy, I left myself open for that one. Just send me the :gizmo: and you can say anything you want!!:nunu: :lol:
 

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This short story isn't going to be what you are expecting because I'm not going to bash eBay, in fact I love eBay and have bought a lot of stuff off of the site at fair to cheap prices. My 322 JDGT was bought off of the site in Illinois, My #49 snow thrower was bought off the site from Kansas, and my latest Ford F150 was bought through the site out of Phoenix AZ so I am pretty happy with the many buys I have gotten over the years.
This post is about the guy next door who is getting up in age but is still very mentally sharp at 84. He has had someone else whom I don't know sell a couple things for him on eBay and I guess he was ok with the outcome but last week I was over there and he starts handing me stuff to "put on eBay for him" since he is computer idiot. I told him he'd be better off in a yard sale but he insisted his PINK General Electric hand mixer that was a wedding gift in 1956 would bring "alotta" money on the site. He was thinking $50 to $75. I asked if he HAD to have a certain price and he said "No, just sell it". I laughed and at his insistence I brought it home and listed it for 5 days, no reserve.
Forward 2 days...he calls me over and showed me an antique radio he wanted to sell too. Sell It! he said.
So I listed it too and waited for bids to roll in. Well, Last night the Hand Mixer sold for $0.99 with shipping of $12.60 Flat rate USPS. The buyer paid me promptly for the item and the shipping. Wait for it.......
Today my neighbor went through the roof because I sold his dead wife's wedding mixer for $0.99
I told him it is what it is and just like at a live auction, if no one bids , it goes cheap and besides.... Bernadine didn't use it any more.(His dead wife)..... Then he asked about his prize possession radio that I had listed and I told him some has bid $19 on it so far, he about filled his pants at that moment telling me he paid alotta money for that thing years ago... He told me to take it off and stop the sale so I warned him it MAY cost to end the auction early and he would have to pay me for the damages. Well, I'm here to warn you don't try to do people favors unless they fully understand how the world turns now days. I ended the radio auction and am waiting for the fallout with eBay. If I get fined a couple dollars I think I'll just pay it myself and chalk it up to a lesson learned. Do not sell other people's belongings for them unless they are dead and can't complain about it. :unknown:
Swampy, You are a better person than I, I would not have done it in the first place just for this very reason. You were not going to come out the winner on this one.
 

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Thread needs a title change. Such as "Don't sell for others on EBAY, Lesson learned"
 

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Do not sell other people's belongings for them unless they are dead and can't complain about it.
Don't try and do them a favor and plow their yard with your warm cab'd tractor cause it's minus-frickin-35, and then accidentally take one GD sprinkler head out - a sprinkler head that you paid for, and imported to Canada for him, and installed on your days off, either.

Happy weekend!!!

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Similar deal with my mom. She had so much stuff that she didn't use and would never use again as she aged. I always heard "you got rid of my stuff":empathy:. She expected us to store it for her for what ever reason and time. Loosing what we have slowly over the years is difficult at best for some. Part of the aging process. I vowed to NOT be like that as I give away things now. (Hate the thought of my kids having to 'clean-up' after me.)
 

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Similar deal with my mom. She had so much stuff that she didn't use and would never use again as she aged. I always heard "you got rid of my stuff":empathy:. She expected us to store it for her for what ever reason and time. Loosing what we have slowly over the years is difficult at best for some. Part of the aging process. I vowed to NOT be like that as I give away things now. (Hate the thought of my kids having to 'clean-up' after me.)
I guess there's a line somewhere between clutter and keepsakes though.... things that we may think "there's no way that'll ever be cool" now will be very desirable in 30-50 years.

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I guess there's a line somewhere between clutter and keepsakes though.... things that we may think "there's no way that'll ever be cool" now will be very desirable in 30-50 years.

-J.
Yea, I thought that about myself years ago, still waiting for that desirable thing to kick in.... :hide2:
 

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You can blame American Pickers and other shows on TV now days. Some of their inflated prices as to what they think they can sell it for makes me laugh, knowing they couldn't get more than a quarter of the value usually.
 

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You can blame American Pickers and other shows on TV now days. Some of their inflated prices as to what they think they can sell it for makes me laugh, knowing they couldn't get more than a quarter of the value usually.
I enjoyed that show when it first came out but can't stand it anymore. Like you say - they spout out these ridiculous prices they think they can sell some of the stuff for. Some of it maybe. It's like most shows like this that starts out interesting but then they get all TV minded and it turns into more about the show ratings than the actual subject.
 

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You can blame American Pickers and other shows on TV now days. Some of their inflated prices as to what they think they can sell it for makes me laugh, knowing they couldn't get more than a quarter of the value usually.
They have a store here in Nashville. Kinda funny really. Half of the store is souvenirs and T-shirts while the other half is antiques. And yes, it's always jammed and they do sell a lot of stuff there. Some of the items you can see from the show on display. The prices may seem high to you, but they seem to do a lot of business.
 

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They have a store here in Nashville. Kinda funny really. Half of the store is souvenirs and T-shirts while the other half is antiques. And yes, it's always jammed and they do sell a lot of stuff there. Some of the items you can see from the show on display. The prices may seem high to you, but they seem to do a lot of business.
Jason,
That would be neat to be in that store (and the one in Iowa). I bet it's almost impossible to meet Lauren, and even more impossible to meet Danielle, Frank and Mike. And I love American Pickers, but you have to understand it's an edited show. I know of a guy on the RedSquare Wheel Horse site that his place was "picked" by Mike and Frank. He said they actually did get their hands dirty and went through his stuff. They didn't buy much but did buy some things. The producers came out first a few days in advance, I guess to gauge whether or not the place was show worthy or was even "pick" worthy. The camera guys and the producers also help carry stuff to the van, but he said Mike and Frank did most of the actual picking and working part.
 
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