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I was thinking of buying some space marine parts from ebay. I wanted to know if it is reliable because a lot of the stuff is very cheap and I don't want to get ripped off.
I've bought quite a bit from ebay. Items can be quite reasonably priced, but, you must watch the postage costs. Many sellers see this as a way of adding more pounds/dollars to their item and in my experience this is the area where you can be ripped off.
Also make sure you check the text and pics in the sellers add very carefully. If you want more information simply contact the seller. Make sre you know exactly what you are bidding for.
Lastly- don't get carried away in the last-minute bidding war - it's very easy to spend more than you'd rather. My advice is to set a maximum budget for each item (postage included) and stick to it. if you don't get what you want on one auction there's always someone else selling in another.
It's good fun. But remember the old saying 'Buyer Beware'.
Last edited by zuriel; March 27th, 2006 at 07:59.
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Yeah what zuriel is saying with the last minute bidding war is correct...i have done this many times and have found myself coping out more than i wanted to haha.
Well my experiences with Ebay have all been positive ones and i have had a great old time bidding and buying from there (although the AUS Ebay is abit shabby lol).
Also check out the sellers feedback and see if they have sold any warhammer before,and if they seem trust worthy then go for it!
Oh and its a good idea to set yourself a limit
Cheers and happy bidding!!!
Last minute bidding is based on your persepctive.
I do it, but do it with a limit. (Most of the times)
Mostly last minute bidding you BID your max, thats my opinion.
Otherwise check the ratings of the person, and see how their ratings are.
I have to say ebay is the best place to buy things
Last edited by Tyrael-RM; March 28th, 2006 at 00:15.
I've noticed that a lot of the time that full sets or models go for the price that GW sells the item for. So before you bid on a full item (or even bits) check GW prices and know what the upper limit of what an item sells for. GW often sells items to retailers for %20-%30 off. That's how Ebay resellers can sell so low.
The first box set I bought was the 3rd ed starter set with SM vs. Dark Eldar. I think GW sold it for $120 (it may have been $140). It took me three tries on Ebay before I bought it at below what GW offered. People would last minute bid it up to $10-$15 more than what GW sold it at.
Just do your research first!
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heh I can get things for 25% off, though selling on ebay, not always the guranteed inflow of cash. I think retailers would get about 30-35% off.
2/3'rds of my army was purchased on Ebay. I got stung once in about 15 auctions and that was for $7. I failed to check his feedback. All ways check the feedback and if in doubt dont bid. I guess I saved about $250 overall and I got some really cool convertions as well on a couple of my tanks.
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If you buy things off Ebay... make sure you check the seller's feedback before you bid on any of his items... make certain the seller has a good reputation.
Typically models on Ebay seem to sell for ~50% of their retail value if they're unpainted or moderately painted, but I've seen some pro-painted models sell for much higher than the retail value. Try to avoid buying unopened box sets... you don't really get an amazing deal on them (only like 20% off at most).
As other people have mentioned, the easiest way to win an auction is to place a bid in the last few minutes. Most of the time people arn't even online... so you can win the bid easily. If you get caught in a last minute bidding war, sometimes it's better just to let the other person win the bid... because it's not like Space Marine auctions are uncommon on Ebay... if you're patient you can get a whole army together for dirt cheap.
Last edited by Khobai; March 30th, 2006 at 04:01.
check theyre positive feedback i personaly received a new in box terminator squad for 22 dollars plus shipping t'was a sweet deal...i say go for it..just make sure nothing is over games workshop prices becasue if they are why wouldnt you just og retail?
Well sometimes i dont mind paying retail for certain iteams.
For example i bought a box of Dark Angel Ravenwing bikers off there for $45 AUS.But i didnt mind paying that at all seeing as you can no longer get them instore (well atleast not where i am).
:lol: I couldnt really give a stuff what the seller is making as long as im saving money! He earns money, i save money, were both happy! :lol: