Tuesday, May 14, 2013

eBay 101

 Over the years, I think I have learned a good deal about how to buy and sell on eBay.  I have made mistakes and tried to learn from them.  As a buyer, I try to exploit poorly worded listings.  Here are two examples.  

The first auction was for a 2011 Topps card of Stephen Strasburg.  I won the auction for 10 cents with free shipping.  The auction title was “baseball card.”  There was a photo of the card but no description.  I half expected to receive a 1990 Donruss common card.  But I received the Strasburg card in mint condition instead. 


The second auction was listed as “Eric Surkamp Topps 2012 Chrome Rookie Card.”  There was a clear picture of the item.  But something didn’t look right.  Upon further inspection, this card was a refractor.  There was no mention of this fact in the auction listing.  To make a long story short, I am now the proud owner of this card for the economical sum of 10 cents shipped. 


  1. Ahh, yes, the ignorance and poor spelling of others. lol I've seen some sellers have good success with the "set the Buy It Now price high and slowly decrease the price until someone caves" technique. Of course, I've also seen that practice blow up in the seller's face.

  2. That's an interesting technique to use with BIN. I've never even thought of that.