Originally Posted by Man in the Car
Of course, they don't necessarily sell on eBay - you frequently see cars that appear to have sold for good money being relisted because either the winning bidder didn't bother to contact/pay the seller, or because the winner turned up and then thought they were going to be able to haggle their over generous winning bid back down to a realistic level (in such circumstances most sensible sellers will tell them to go do one!)
However, it does seem odd how some people asking sensible money for a good condition car with a good provenance struggle to get any interest, whilst others seem to get silly money for a shed
The problem with Ebay is more about sellers than buyers and it can get worse depending on whats being sold.
There used to be a saying that the camera doesnt lie,but its far far from the truth and even a bad example can be made to look good.The skill is in spotting someone whos being very selective in what they show and how its shown.
A good example is seat bolsters,someone being less than up front will take a picture of what appears to be a great seat,yet the crucial bit is missing.
So when a vehicle sells,buyer turns up and finds its not as described,or more to the point,not what was expected then they cock on the sale and its relisted with the infamous line,buyer was a time waster bla bla.The thing is had the vehicle been described and shown honestly then that buyer probably wouldnt have bid at all.
Heres a recent one that i found yesterday,it goes on about engine and interior being as new but nothing about the exterior.Now that could be an oversight but it could also mean it doesnt match the rest and leaves room for the buyer wasting the sellers time and their own,if they are expecting a car as new' as the advert implies.
Worse though the seller orginally listed with a £500 buy it now which was (taking condition as implied) very cheap.What i suspect happened is they suddenly got plenty of email interest and realised their mistake and pulled the advert.Now its being bidded on with private bidders,something i cant imagine any other reason to use other than your pumping your own price up hoping someone will jump in when they have jacked it up.
Also they have consciously turned off the full size photo option a strange move for something of what could be a great find.
Rover 25 showing 7,000 miles
coincidentally sitting at the £500 buy it now price for now...
RARE 7,000 miles - ROVER 25 IL 16V 1.4 2002, Sunroof
Despite there being both less than straight buyers and sellers,Ebay has the biggest shop window anywhere and if you cant sell a vehicle there,its either crap,too dear,or your advert sucks.
As for haggling,if a seller misrepresents,then its quite right the buyer should either walk or haggle.
There are some key words that if a seller uses i look at something else.
SHE,WOW and the relisted due to time waster line.I cringe at some of the adverts some use to try and sell their cars.