I've noticed a growing number of items on Ebay that have no option
other than "Buy It Now."
These are popping up on my routine searches I use for railroad stuff -
they aren't in the stores area.
I don't recall seeing these until recently and I thought they were
supposed to be separate categories or something. Was there a policy
I find it a real turn-off and genrally go right on past the 'Buy it Now' items.
Same with a high reserve - my question is, "do you want to sell it, or not?"
Model Railroad Design
Keep on passing up those "buy it now" sells. It makes it easier for
others to "win" them. If it wasn't for these type "auctions" I would
have never gotten a $150.00 new in the sealed box HO Proto 2-8-8-2 and
numerous Brass Locos for far below retail. Call them seller listing
mistakes or inexperienced sellers, these are many times, deals of a
lifetime you are skipping right over........
Now on the other hand, yes there are many sellers listing everyday
common items at hobby shop retail prices. That stuff usually receives no
bids because of their pricing policy.......Gary
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I've also found a few in the electronic tools category where the starting
bid and the Buy-It-Now price are the same! That's hardly an auction!
BTW, if you do bid on them the eBay software will gently suggest that since
your bid is equal to or greater than the BIN price you should probably just
There appear to be two types of "buy it now". One type has a start
price and the other as Mike said is simple a fixed purchase price. As far
as I can tell these are dealers using eBay as a store front. Which of
course is what eBay would like lots of.
Yes they are an auction. The "Buy It Now." feature has been around for
years. I've used it on my own sales. I may or may not have a reserve but
the "Buy It Now" feature allows bidders to end the auction and buy the item
for a reasonable price if they don't want to wait until the end of the
auction. You can bid anything you want and win (if above the reserve (if
there is one). I'd guess in at least 50% of the cases the final price is
higher than the "Buy It Now" price.
People are so negative and hate Ebay so much why do you even go there???
Why not visit your local hobby store and save your ranting for politics?
Actually Ebay has been pushing this type of sale lately with special
inducements to the sellers for listing like this. This is an actual selling
category you can use when listing your item. As a buyer I always check the
newly listed BIN items for good deals on items I want :).
Mark, I think you may have misunderstood the original poster.
The pint was, now thee are "Buy It Now" prices without the option of
bidding! In other words, straight sales.
I think those who hate eBay are those who have gotten outbid on
auctions....or put stuff up for auction and got no bids!
I, myself, have had very good luck with eBay, both as a buyer and as a
seller. Oh, of course, had a few problems with non-paying bidders,
and of course after posting the Non-Paying Bidder Alert and Negative
feedback (as I stated in the auction description...and giving them all
about twice the time I asked in the description) they all posted
retaliatory feedback. So nowadays if someone flakes on paying up in
the specified time...I wait until the last day possible to post their
negative feedback and they can't retaliate. (90 days...) I, myself,
also will NOT bid on something if I don't intend to follow through and
pay for whatever I bid on.
The answer is simple. I've done it myself.
You have a widget that's going to sell for $100. You KNOW it's going to
sell for $100.
- Put it up at a regular auction, wait 7 days, it sells for $100.
- Put it up starting at $100, with a BIN of $100. It will sell for $100,
likely in LESS than 7 days.
I've been listing just such an item over the past couple of months. My
price for it is very good. The item is a standard model RR item, but
sometimes it's hard to find because the manufacturer can't keep up with
demand. (Especially in the winter. You can usually backorder it, and
wait an indeterminate amount of time.) I happen to have a bunch of them.
Listing them that way enabled me to move a significant number of them in
a short amount of time.
Some people (and I'm not referring to you, Mike.) seem to think that all
eBay auctions should start at a penny, and have no reserve. That's the
way auctions work in the movies, not in real life. In real life, MOST
auctions have a reserve. Most have a starting price that's not
Furthermore, eBay is not just one way of selling. Some people are
purging their old junk. Others are selling as a business. It's a cheap
way to run a "store". Granted, it's NOT a good way to sell "commodity"
items at street prices. It's a good way to sell at below street prices,
or to sell rare/unusual items. But you are free to sell any way you
want. It doesn't have to be a bargain, or a rarity. eBay is made up of
MILLIONS of little businesses, all of them are different. Each seller
has his own way of doing things. As long as he's operating within the
rules, what he's doing is "right".
Peter King in NY
Yes, but many became the same price as the "starting bid" price. Which
was often higher than normal street price. I couldn't believe people
actually fell for it, but there is always a sucker out there. One day I
couldn't find the real auctions for all the fake auction stuff so I quit
I don't any more.
Yes the "Buy It Now" has been around for years but not like the original
poster noted, it has changed and added a new feature. Some of these sales
are not an auction, they are "Buy It Now". Basically just a listing with a
price (just like a store). As an example look at #3149413047, laser
pointers. They have a fixed price of $12.99, there is no auction.
Ebay has a couple of ways to list things; auction which may or may not
also have a BIN price and fixed price sale which is what original
poster likely was talking about. You choose one or the other format at
start of listing process.
I don't use the fixed price sale so don't know if items are listed
until they sell or for a set time period, but would guess they are
listed until they sell.
I buy on ebay sometimes, and I enjoy the Buy It Now feature. Its usually
dealers looking for another outlet for sales. There are no real train
stores within 300 miles of where I live, so to be this is a good way to
buy what I want. Maybe not a super bargain, but I don't have to buy it
if I don't want to.