WhenIWake wrote in post #16294375
Im not blaming eBay in the slightest, just seems that people using eBay now have no logic whatsoever. What is the point in paying the same price, I have seen things sell for more second hand, that you could get said item for new. It makes no sense whatsoever.
There can be a number of possible reasons. Ebay is a worldwide market and items may cost more in other market places, so for a non-UK buyer the differential may be much greater, for them, between the ebay item selling price and a new item in their country. This can also be a matter of fluctuating exchange rates making a UK item cheaper at times.
Whilst a mere £20-30 saving on new might not mean much to you or I, for someone on a very tight budget it can be a significant saving and, so long as the item works as it should, can be a big factor for them.
And, of course, there are always those who don't research the market place thoroughly and just see a high street price which is usually more than you would see online, so they appear to be making a bigger saving. It is just as valid to ask why people still buy stuff on the high street, when most consumer items are easily found online at a good saving.
But, I don't worry about WHY somebody is prepared to pay more than I consider sensible, it is their concern, I just move on and look for a cheaper item. I have picked up items for a fraction of the "typical" ebay price simply because there was nobody else looking at the item (and by "a fraction", I mean getting items that may usually fetch say £40-50 for the 99p start price, simply because the seller was unlucky and I was the only person who spotted the item). I have picked up an item for £4.99, as the only bidder, when an identical item went two hours later for over £50 with several people fighting over it.
Auctions are a game and you need good tactics when buying or selling, and like any game there are winners and losers. Forget about the items you get outbid on and just keep looking, the bargains are out there.