This is THE essential truth on eBay: Save for an occasional virginal deflowering (think Memoirs of a Geisha), there is no such thing as a *once in a lifetime* item. There is ALWAYS another identical item, usually sooner than you think. I have a world-class collection of Stratoliner (TWA-Boeing-Stetson) memorabilia from 1939-41 and there are ALWAYS duplicates coming on the auction block. This is the OTHER essential truth: If you've got to have the item in question, then (echoing Spoo's suggestion) you have to put in a SNIPE for 1.5 times what you really think the item will sell for. Parse my words carefully. You can't bid. You MUST snipe. And, you have to set a maximum snipe that is WAY more than you think/hope/pray the damn thing will sell for. Yes, you'll overpay once and a while. But normally you get the item for your maximum or less.
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2/14/11 at 4:42pm