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the extra 'e' is for extra excessive

Since I have a decent amount of money these days and nothing to spend it on other than paying off debt and avoiding death, neither of which are any fun, I've been lurking around eBay. Not really buying anything, mind you, because the only things I actually buy anymore are books, DVDs and clothes it's always too hot to wear. But I've been thinking about buying things on eBay, which for me is a major step forward to yuppiedom.

The problem is, there's really not much they sell that I want to buy, and when there is something, the bidding tends to go up to the point where I chicken out. Like, recently, I was bidding on something far too geeky to mention, and it got to the point where bids spilled over the $300 mark. I instantly ran away from the site like a chicken whose head has been cut off and is undergoing dental torture at the hands of a sinister cabal of foreign-born turkeys. It's not that I couldn't afford to pay three hundred bucks for this thing; it's that my self-image does not currently allow for thinking of myself as the sort of person who would pay three hundred bucks for something on eBay. If the Queen of England were to list Buckingham Palace at the same price, complete with a certificate of authenticity and Bacon's magical bronze head, I would still chicken out and then rationalize it to myself afterwards ("Enh, the shipping costs on that thing would have been ridiculous").

So, today's question: what's the most expensive thing you've ever bought on eBay, assuming you've ever used the site? Are there things you wouldn't buy from eBay, or amounts you wouldn't go above? And if you're a seller, what's the most expensive thing you've ever sold? Please because I must gots to know.



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Jul. 24th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
$90 for a heap of Corto Maltese books. Which, for the record, never showed up.
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
First of all, it's only 10 am ET and you're already 3 posts in to your 12 post day. You'll be done by early afternoon.

I bought my saxophone on eBay. That's not technically true, as this is what happened: it was listed, I bid, I chickened out, some other dude bought it, two days after he bought it he sold it to me for the same price. But if that counts, then $2900 plus shipping.
Jul. 24th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Keep in mind that I know nothing about the prices of instruments, but Damn! That is a reasonable chunk of change.
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Jul. 24th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Nothing major in terms of buying (I once bid $150 for a D&D boxed set, but they kept going after that).

As for selling, I once sold a copy of The Ultimate Powers Book for $75 bucks after buying it for .50 at a used sale.
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
Bought? I don't know- I usually get nervous above $40 (which is why I haven't bought a quiz bowl buzzer system) and don't browse it nearly as much as I used to. If I do, it's for something very specific, like an unreleased television pilot or an out-of-issue album.

Sold- An old knife from the 1960s. Had an antler or bone handle or something. My dad left it at my mom's house, so- SOLD! A couple of hundred bucks or something, after researching different price guides.
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Also, I wanted to add another "or something."
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Most profitable thing I've sold on eBay was $385 for a Wisconsin "Up Leaf" Variant Quarter I found in my laundry money back in 2005.

Most I've spent was, I think, $12 for four books of ghost stories - two of which were Arkham House 1st editions from the 40s.

But usually I never get into double figures for things bought or sold, and that includes postage and packing.
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
It's been a while, but I think the most I ever spent on eBay was between $50 - $100 for a first edition book by Dawn Powell. And I've never sold anything - that always seemed like too much work.
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
I had a model car-building phase circa 2000 that spurred me to spend upwards of $50 for an open-box 1980 Revell 1:24-scale Maserati Bora which, to this day, remains unbuilt. Like 95% of the other 25+ model cars I built on eBay.

Technically, the most money I actually spent was $307 on a used Nintendo Wii, but that's starting to look increasingly like a bargain. (Well, a monetary one, at least. Ever since I discovered I can't get past the first village in Resident Evil 4, I'm starting to wonder if the scant time invested has justified it.)
Jul. 25th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Not the face! Not the face!
It took me many tries to get past the first village, too, but I learned some valuable lessons. First, it's all about choosing your battles. There's no shame in running away, or luring the zombies to somewhere you can handle them safely. Also, learn to shoot them in the face or the knees, then step in to knife a few times. This strategy saves you a lot of bullets. And don't be afraid to just skip sections of the game by dashing towards the exit. You can always come back later and clean up.

Anyway, it's worth it. It's the best shooty game I've played, even though I wanted to feed Ashley to the zombies about half way through.
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
I managed to sell one of my prints for ~$30, but that was about it. I had far more magnificent adventures at the Amazon marketplace, where I managed to turn a 25 cent garage sale book into an instant $25 (the Zone Diet, if you wanna know what to keep your eye out for).
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
We bought a Darwyn Cooke print for $100, if I remember correctly.
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
I've sold a few press kits for upwards of $75. I think I got $85 for Troy, of all things. Then eBay banned me for selling press kits. I still don't really get that. What am I supposed to do, shred them?
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
There was a first edition of Gravity's Rainbow going for $9.99 at the weekend, but it turned out on closer examination to be the 5th printing of the soft cover.
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
I bought a Cobalt Qube server back in the day for ~$300.00. Still works as of last boot, though I have not used it for quite some time now.
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
The most expensive thing I bought was $1500 for two very close seats on Madonna's tour during the Ray of Light album, plus backstage party passes and other VIP crap. I actually didn't pay for them, my best friend did, but it all went through me.

The most expensive thing I sold was my Smashing Pumpkins box set which netted around the $70 mark. Behind that was my vinyl single for "Symphony of Destruction" which sold for $40.

I doubt I'd buy jewelry or a car or a house. I don't think I'd buy a musical instrument either (aside from the theremin I got for John's birthday). But dollar amounts are relative to the item being sold.
Jul. 24th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
The costliest thing I ever bought on eBay, in terms of actually dollars spent, was a pair of earrings. They were that stone, that lavendar/periwinkle-colored stone? That sounds like trilobite or something? I'm totally blanking now. Anyyway it's a precious or at least semi-precious stone, and they were in a platinum setting and had little diamonds (very tiny but not chips). I know they were less than two hundred dollars, though. I mean, I got a very good price. And because they were earrings, they didn't cost much to ship. I've worn them several times and they're very pretty.

The most "expensive" thing I ever had bought from ebay, in terms of overall cumulative cost, was a 1940s vintage phonograph, which was supposed to have been used as a prop in a play. It was maybe 60 or 70 dollars, but it cost almost that much to ship because it weighed seriously like ninety pounds. Plus it never got delivered until after we had rented the truck to come and pick up all the other props and set pieces I had at my house, and it was too heavy for me to carry it to the theater (and up the eight thousand steps from the street) on my own, so it never got used. To this day it sits in a corner of my bedroom floor, hidden under an "accent table" with a tablecloth over it, unseen by human eyes. Which is a shame because it's really very cool looking, and lately I've been trying to think of some way to incorporate it into my living room as some kind of conversation piece.

Meanwhile, what the hell are those stones called, already? Triconium? Floribunda? I can't remember.
Jul. 24th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the most expensive thing I have ever repeatedly NOT bought on ebay was a vintage Vogue magazine, which I want for research purposes, and which I have bailed on the bidding for three times now (three different copies of the same issue) in the past six months. Each time, it eventually sold to some numbskull for over $150. Because people are fucking insane.

It's the October 15, 1962 American Vogue, and my birthday is February 22, in case anyone's keeping track.

TANZANITE!!! (Okay, “trilobite” is now actually officially pretty funny, IMO.)
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