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    Default BUYER BEWARE!! Halloween Stuff NOT to buy on Ebay

    I don't know how many times I've seen stuff, Halloween & otherwise, where I thought "Who in their right mind would buy THAT for THAT PRICE when you can get it at (insert name of store here) for less?!?" or "They're pricing it for WHAT?!? I just saw about 100 of those at (insert store here) for half that price!!"

    We've all seen 'em. Someone selling a "vintage" blow mold that's readily available even in areas that really don't sell blow molds, the prop from Spirit that sells for $50 & is still available in store but someone thought they'd get a "collectible" & sell it for twice the price.

    Post 'em here.

    These are the auctions that made me wanna start this thread. Now I understand that some areas don't have certain stores, so it may be worth it to someone to pay a certain price for something, but for the most part, I mean the stuff that if you can drive to the store within a short drive or so & can pick it up easily, then it's not worth what they're asking.

    Here's several things on Ebay that can be found easily at any Dollar Tree for....wait for it....guess how much......$1 each, not $1.95 + $5.95 shipping or $20 for 10 skulls +shipping:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/HALLOWEEN-SK...item4aae92a634

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/HALLOWEEN-SK...item4aae92a635

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/HALLOWEEN-SK...item4aae92a633

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-skull-blo...item45fd03a888
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    Bad examples. All those have no bids. It doesn't matter what your opening bid is if no one bids - and there are tons of overpriced things on ebay that, thankfully, no one bids on. What it sells for is what matters. But there are some dollar store signs from that same seller that are bid up to a few dollars already.

    Even $1.50 or $2 isn't that bad because my county only started getting the dollar chains a few years ago. The locally-owned dollar stores had real crap before then, and most of it was well over a dollar.

    The $100 jack-in-the-boxes from Walgreen's are a good example of the overpriced stuff. That was two years ago when they first came out and were hard to find. Now they are more common and the $34.95 sellers aren't even getting that.

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    Well hey I appreciate the heads up, some people may not think, about looking around for a better deal, and just go with the convenience of buying from places like ebay. (and really $20 for 10 dollar store skulls, WOW)

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    I think this is a great idea RCIAG! Maybe have a "price guideline for 2011 props" or similar title thread. For example: If you by a prop or decoration, you can post its price you paid at a certain online vendor/retail establishment. Then the more submissions we get, the better the comparison! I don't know but it is a great idea! I have seen this on other automotive forums I once belonged too. Comes in handy in today's economy and for those with tight budgets.
    A Halloween prop is a terrible thing to waste..

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    Thanks for starting this thread RCIAG. Don't forget about the shipping cost of an iteam as well. You take credit for the postage and suplies wich adds up.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/13-SPOOKY-HA...44762902719659

    Who in there right mind would buy this? (this is all from the Dollar Tree)
    halloween is a super cool holiday.

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    There was a similar thread last year about this time. What was funny was that a couple of posters were going to email the seller and let him/her know they knew where the items came from and how much he/she paid. But the seller knew where they got the items and how much they paid. The seller went out and bought them. When this was pointed out, the posters said they just wanted to warn the seller and make sure no one got ripped off. I don't see how that would help any bidders since they wouldn't see the communications.

    It really is buyer beware. We have all bought things locally, from catalogs, on ebay, and online and found the stuff much cheaper not long after. That's just the way life works. For those able to get a bar code, there are app you can download to your smartphone that will compare prices for you.

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    Hey, I missed out on buying the Solar Dancing Flower Pots from Dollar Tree this year and wanted a few to work on a prop for my haunted garden. It irked me knowing the things sold for $1 and I could have driven down the street and bought one if they had it, but believe me I checked and they didn't so I broke down and bought 3 of them probably with shipping paying about $5-6 for each one. Yeah it sucked, but I did get a few whereas I would be still be waiting til next year and hoping DT got them back in in quantity. And that's not counting all the gas for the trips back and forth to the half dozen of stores that I went to looking for them.

    The way I look at it on the DT stuff being sold on eBay is like this. These guys probably bought the items by the case, which Dollar Tree does sell that way. And some items only get sold that way and don't find there way into the stores. That person laid out the money for the case, where as I was not willing to buy 40 or 60 units of the Dancing Flower Pots when I could have. I only wanted at most a dozen. So I guess I look at it as they are entitled to make some money on their investment. Now will people be willing to spend the inflated price plus the shipping costs for the item if they mark it up too much. Well if not they get stuck with their inventory and are out the money they put up for the case until they can sell it or break even or better with what they can sell.

    Oh and let's mention that they weren't the only ones to come up with the idea of buying inexpensive items with a minimal investment and trying to sell them at a markup to make a few bucks off it. Lots of people are out there trying to do the same thing and guess what? That's competition. Meaning they might have to sit on their inventory longer to recoup a profit or drop their price and hope they come close to making enough money from the whole thing to have made it a worthwhile selling opportunity. They really are assuming the most risk. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't. I know of a few people who decided to sell full time on Ebay and invested a lot of money ultimately on a lot of product that sat unsold. Buying trends can be fickle and things that are hot one minute can drop out of sight a short time later. The people I mentioned were depending on a certain return each month to pay bills and ultimately ran into financial difficulty because they couldn't unload their inventory or pay their own bills. Same goes for regular businesses every day.

    So here I sit with 3 flowers and hoping to pick more up next year from Dollar Tree if I can....because I'm going to be cheap about it. It's a free market economy and prices are set by what people are willing to pay for something and by supply and demand. I don't begrudge people for trying to make a few bucks off of something in this economy. Besides Ebay charges for the listings and a percentage of your sold price so they may not always be making what you think they are after their overhead, investment, time and trouble. Oh and if the seller wants to offer Paypal as a quick way for them to get their money, they pay Paypal a certain fee too.

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    Like I said, some things are worth the price for some. I just think it's good to know that some things aren't worth the asking & shipping price. Some things are still available at Target or Spirit or the dollar stores cheaper. I've even bought stuff on Ebay because it's just easier & more convenient sometimes, but I'd already checked pricing & availability elsewhere.

    I guess I'd like to see the sort of auction where someone is asking $500 for a $100 prop that hasn't been discontinued or sold out anywhere, it's still readily available.

    I've only ever emailed someone on an crazy auction on Ebay twice. Once it was for an autographed pic of Jason Lee (from My Name Is Earl). The pic was of someone who wasn't Jason Lee, maybe the autograph was authentic but the pic was of a completely different actor. I emailed the person & the auction disappeared.

    I've also emailed someone selling some Roger Clyne tickets for some exorbitant price like $100 a ticket for a show in the middle of Wisconsin or Minnesota or some place in that general area of the country. They obviously didn't know that they didn't have a Top 40 artist there or that they very rarely sell out most venues outside of the AZ area (or their Mexico concert), or even at the door you generally only pay $20. They're traveling in an RV at the moment for crapssake!! They're just not $100 ticket kinda band.

    I didn't care they were listed for $100, I was just genuinely curious as to why they thought RCPM tickets would be worth $100 each & didn't they research what THEY were buying. I never expected them to take it down but the listing was pulled pretty quickly!
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    Oooo! I just bought that second one on Sunday for a dolla six! (6% tax here)
    I just can't believe that!

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    This year, again, it's not just the pricing of ebay items that can lure the innocent, it's the size of the prop you receive.

    Before you buy any of those graveyard action props, be certain to look at the size, and if not provided ASK before you pay. Improvements has an "Escape From Grave Zombie" with moving arms and head that looks like a good buy at $49 minus the 20% discount coupon out there. But look closely, this is NOT life size.

    Likewise, the "Totally Ghoul Rising Zombie" from K-Mart looks like a good buy at $39 minus their coupons, but again its about half to two thirds full size. It's truely "Buyer beware" this year.
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