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post #16 of 25
Look, a new dead horse shot (not as cool as the animated gif one, but...):


post #17 of 25
simpsons did it first
post #18 of 25
In theory it is a totally stupid practice. I don't get pissed off and shout at my broker when I find out that 6 months ago my stocks were worth 25% of what I paid.

It also prevents people trying to find a 'market value' price, like I did when I wanted to sell my HD497s. Eventually I just gave up and lopped $10 of TTVJ's price and threw in free shipping.

The thing is that it does actually prevent lowballing, and most importantly, it kind of 'finalises' the sale and transfer of ownership. The buyer and can now return to the FS forums and sell at any price he wants, without fear of some dude digging up the thread the seller bought from and saying "Hey but you only paid X dollars, how come now you want X+100 dollars!".

This is one of those frustrating head-fi oddities that never-the-less is a part of what makes it such a great place to be.
post #19 of 25
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Or to put it more succinctly as Edwood did,

Oh man, those look tasty!
post #20 of 25
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In theory it is a totally stupid practice. I don't get pissed off and shout at my broker when I find out that 6 months ago my stocks were worth 25% of what I paid.

It also prevents people trying to find a 'market value' price, like I did when I wanted to sell my HD497s. Eventually I just gave up and lopped $10 of TTVJ's price and threw in free shipping.

The thing is that it does actually prevent lowballing, and most importantly, it kind of 'finalises' the sale and transfer of ownership. The buyer and can now return to the FS forums and sell at any price he wants, without fear of some dude digging up the thread the seller bought from and saying "Hey but you only paid X dollars, how come now you want X+100 dollars!".

This is one of those frustrating head-fi oddities that never-the-less is a part of what makes it such a great place to be.
I understand it can prevent some lowballs by someone diggin up really old outdated prices and shooting that to a buyer... but what about the lowballs from sheer ignorance? If you really have 0 frame of reference.

I mean I guess you can make the argument that if someone hasn't been researching/following/looking for an item for several months and determined a price from that he doesn't deserve to buy it... but yeah... I wouldn't try and make that arugment myself.
post #21 of 25
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I've been on a lot of forums but I've only ever seen that practice here. Don't know who started it or why but it sure seems to have caught on!
ditto.
post #22 of 25
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Look, a new dead horse shot (not as cool as the animated gif one, but...):


http://www.fourteenballstoy.co.uk/flogger350x450.jpg
We're way past that now.

post #23 of 25
i looked back at some old FS threads 2001-2002. it seems that in those days, when the items sold the mods used to change the thread to add that to the title - something we can all do now ourselves. there were much fewer members so it was probably not too much of an inconvenience. later in 2002, this is still being done but less often. most people would just write SOLD in bold face either at the top of the post or somewhere nearby. i saw a few 2002 posts where the seller edited the whole post to replace it with the word SOLD. but didn't see any where only the price was replaced by SOLD. i then got bored and stopped.

one thing i saw - just to be put things in perspective - is a FS ad for a K1000 in wooden box. the seller was asking "$299 obo" as though it wasn't likely to sell at that price. $299 obo!!! how things have changed.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
one thing i saw - just to be put things in perspective - is a FS ad for a K1000 in wooden box. the seller was asking "$299 obo" as though it wasn't likely to sell at that price. $299 obo!!! how things have changed.
I can't count the number of headphones I wished I snapped up.

Next on the list : Sony CD3000. Any bets on how high that's going to go
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I can't count the number of headphones I wished I snapped up.

Next on the list : Sony CD3000. Any bets on how high that's going to go
Hopefully not much higher than what a new pair of Denon D2000s cost, since the D2000s bury the CD3000s in every conceivable way IMHO. If those CD3000s end up selling for more than a new pair of Denon D5000s then I will just point and laugh at the buyer. But it is Ebay after all, and I wouldn't be surprised if they sold for 1 Million dollars! *evil laugh*
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