What people buy on E-bay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by odoreater, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

    Messages:
    8,739
    Likes Received:
    43
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2005
    Location:
    Elizabethtown
    Am I the only one that does this: whenever I get outbid for something on ebay or see someone bidding on something very expensive, I like to click on their name and see all of the other stuff that they've bought on e-bay. It's wierd because it kind of gives you a picture of the type of person someone is based on the stuff they buy.
     
  2. FFW

    FFW Active Member

    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2005
    yeah I do that too
     
  3. fkl118

    fkl118 Senior member

    Messages:
    341
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    Location:
    Canada
    It also gives you an idea of their bidding style. Do they bid in small increments to just barely get the high bid? Or, do they bid once and bid high?

    The first one is susceptible to being sniped by you. The other one I often won't bid because I likely won't win, or will be paying more than I'm comfortable with.
     
  4. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

    Messages:
    7,805
    Likes Received:
    66
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    Location:
    Heart of America
    Yes, I do that all the time--I'm watching you.

    (It's frightening to think what conclusions those who check my past auctions reach...)
     
  5. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

    Messages:
    577
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2005
    Location:
    a fine country
    Green trad?
     
  6. mrgoblueguy

    mrgoblueguy Senior member

    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2004
    Location:
    Warren, Michigan Just North of Detroit
    I buy champagne and nice clothes on Ebay. I wonder what people who check my feedback think about me?
     
  7. Stu

    Stu Senior member

    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    Location:
    Princeton
    I do it when the bidding is going on. I want to size up the competition. One time, I was bidding on a pair of Ferragamo dress shoes. Very nice shoes, but not spectatular. My main competitor had a history of buying NASCAR pajamas. Of course when I saw that I vowed I would never be outbid for a pair of Ferragamos by somone who buys NASCAR jammies.
     
  8. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    18,647
    Likes Received:
    102
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2004
    Location:
    In the not too distant future
    Yeah, gave me nightmares.
     
  9. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

    Messages:
    1,141
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Location:
    SE Michigan (frequent NYC visitor)
    My tastes are so narrow that I don't buy much, but I won't be outbid. I bid sufficiently high at the beginning that snipers can't harm me. So I often overpay but rarely lose. It's no fun for the other bidders who I don't check.
     
  10. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

    Messages:
    6,441
    Likes Received:
    72
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Location:
    Brooklyn USA
    On ebay I buy children mostly, and I don't care who knows it.
     
  11. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

    Messages:
    2,121
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Location:
    The Dominion of Canada
    I like to check out other people's histories as well and I often surf from person to person checking out what they've bought. They'd be rather bored by my history...clothes, some cuff links and an ear thermometer [​IMG]
     
  12. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    18,647
    Likes Received:
    102
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2004
    Location:
    In the not too distant future
    hopefully the last item was not used or even "pre-owned". I've bought out-of-print books, new and deadstock clothes, the occasional vintage purchase, a CD or two, my Goyard trunk, and concert tickets.
     
  13. kabert

    kabert Senior member

    Messages:
    2,093
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    I don't do it as much as I used to. I used to do it to check out the background on my competition for an item I really wanted. I've learned though that very often, there's someone out there who isn't bidding who is just waiting to pounce when there are 10 seconds left. Message being -- bid high.

    Someone here did post once that he had I think five EBay names in order to make bidding for multiple items easier (not exactly sure how).
     
  14. nsoltz1

    nsoltz1 Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    OK... confessions of an eBay buyer.

    I'm a sniper... I essentially decide what the item is worth to me and that's what I snipe. It prevents impulsive raising of bids. I personally really like new or recent Zegna suits and jackets (just like the materials, the styling and a stock 40R fits like it was bespoke... well, maybe 1" more in the waist).

    Yes, I check the competition and determine buying and bidding patterns.

    I have even written to buyers for their feedback about specific vendors (particularly some of the overseas sellers). I virtually always receive responses and people have been courteous, as a matter of fact.

    Having lost 104 pounds in the last year, eBay has been a god-send in rebuilding a quality wardrobe and even in selling some of my great "fat clothes."

    Ned Soltz
     
  15. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

    Messages:
    2,121
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Location:
    The Dominion of Canada
    Ha ha, no.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by