Originally Posted by AJL
Bravo. I wish more sellers here took the initiative to pass on greater savings to fellow SF's. One should be compensated for his efforts, yes, but isn't a 50% markup over cost on small ticket items, and say 10-20% on larger ticket items enough? Yet I have seen 100% markup in some instances, and this just doesn't seem the place for it. Ebay is the venue for professional sellers; I wish we could manage to get by with mere "gentlemanly" profits here.
"It's what the market will bear" some of you will reply, yet why encourage that atmosphere here? I have only bought items in bulk for reselling on a forum once; it was for a line of high-end mens fragrances by a house that is hardly ever discounted, MPG, and I purchased a bunch at 60% off when Louis Boston stopped carrying the line. I sold the things for maybe $15 a bottle over my cost (I forget exactly) and it enabled me to pick up a few free bottles for myself, and made a lot of fragrance freaks very happy. That was enough for me. Enough ranting; sorry for the derail.
Big Bump to a seller with his heart in the right place!
You are assuming that this seller is making less than the others simply because his price is lower. That may or may not be the case. This is not a dig at norcal, we are "virtual" friends
but as a seller I have no issue with competition and as a buyer, if I want something and I think the price is fair, I do not care what percentage markup the seller is getting. Capping seller profits will lead to less, not more, merchandise being offered. Obviously as a seller I am biased but keep in mind that I have also purchased from pretty much every regular seller here, even when I may have had access to the same item. If people want to sell at cost or at 10x cost, that is their business, the market will dictate what a fair price is.