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    Default This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    This looks nice, but at that price it will never see a buyer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    This looks nice, but at that price it will never see a buyer.
    hmmm.... I missed that bargain. I narrowed my search down to auction only and eliminated 90 % of the listings. Then most of the ones left never get a bid. EBAY is not an auction anymore, it's a online lookers mall, and their fees are over 10% now, makes CL look good.
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    I think it is partly the Antiques Roadshow syndrome. Every attic and every grandmother had a Loar-signed F5 or everyone heads out to the flea market and comes home with a valuable painting. Oh well. Too bad... I love my Maurer which I paid about $300. it is practically the same with the exception of the pick guard.
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I got a kick out of this guitar being priced at $500 - they usually sell for $150.
    Lots of sellers are either ignorant of market prices and become overly optimistic.

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    Or are counting on the gawkers to not have done their homework.
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    On the eBay listing: what kinda "buy it now" price is $2,857.70 ? Not $2,900, or even $2,850, but $2,857.70 ?

    I realize that they took a round number and reduced it by a percentage to make sale more likely (not that it's gonna work), but you'd think they might have rounded off the amount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    On the eBay listing: what kinda "buy it now" price is $2,857.70 ? Not $2,900, or even $2,850, but $2,857.70 ?

    I realize that they took a round number and reduced it by a percentage to make sale more likely (not that it's gonna work), but you'd think they might have rounded off the amount.
    Yeah, I thought that was odd as well. If you look at their other items, they are similarly priced with odd amounts of change in those columns. It must be a pricing strategy for marketing reasons somebody came up with.

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    BTW do not write to this Maurer seller telling them that their starting bid is way off base. I stupidly did that and it pissed them off. The nerve of me!
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    BTW do not write to this Maurer seller telling them that their starting bid is way off base. I stupidly did that and it pissed them off. The nerve of me!

    I think he knocked $687.50 off the price because the tailpiece cover is missing, aka "long gone."

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    "fossilized mammoth (ivXXy)"...
    That's fossilized male Bos taurus fecal matter...

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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    Or, in other words ...

    Allen, what gets me is not only the arrived-at price, with the 18% discount, but also the starting price, from which they discounted 18%. Neither of those are what I would call round figures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    BTW do not write to this Maurer seller telling them that their starting bid is way off base. I stupidly did that and it pissed them off. The nerve of me!
    Why would you listen to someone who knew more about something than you? I remember telling an antiques dealer the fly rod she was selling was not cane, it was fiberglass and she just about came unglued that I would dare disagree with "an experienced seller of antiques"? I told her I was an experienced fly fisherman and knew cane from fiberglass. It didn't change her mind and either she died with that in her shop or somebody who knew even less bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    Or, in other words ...
    Nah, not even that. The Larsons did have some of the nicest ivoroid I've seen, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    On the eBay listing: what kinda "buy it now" price is $2,857.70 ? Not $2,900, or even $2,850, but $2,857.70 ?
    Douglas Adams would have the answer: The probability of someone buying this is 285770 to one against.
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    I suspect he has a bill for $2857.70 stuck on his fridge by an Inspirational Magnet. "Price it and they will come...."

    I'm tempted to submit an insultingly low offer...

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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    perhaps this should be a regular Cafe feature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEStanek View Post
    I'm tempted to submit an insultingly low offer...
    Hah! That would be great. If I did it he would report me to the eBay police.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Hedrick View Post
    perhaps this should be a regular Cafe feature?
    I like that! I am sure there are a few more Duane Eddy mandolins out there.
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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    On the eBay listing: what kinda "buy it now" price is $2,857.70 ? Not $2,900, or even $2,850, but $2,857.70 ?
    He's only off by a factor of ten. Maybe he put the decimal in the wrong place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    Hah! That would be great. If I did it he would report me to the eBay police.



    I like that! I am sure there are a few more Duane Eddy mandolins out there.
    Ditto!

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    I'll see your Mauer and raise you a Martin tenor.......

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1928-Martin-...2a#ht_44wt_917
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    I'll see your Mauer and raise you a Martin tenor.......

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1928-Martin-...2a#ht_44wt_917
    Ok, you win...even if the entire Kingston Trio Played it, that is effin ridiculous on that tenor!!
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    Charley... they do offer free shipping!!
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    I am not sure if this falls into this same category...

    Loar era bridge for $2k.
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    Ah, that 'Loar' bridge, eBay's longest-running listing perhaps. I know the seller received at least one offer.

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    To Jim Garber: let's be glad that if he must report you that it is only e-bay police and not the thought police. As people seem to have rather fixed ideas on whatever it is that they are trying to sell? Even at such odd prices. Maybe as someone looking for a second mandolin I could dare to put in that bid. I mean what am I? A newby mando player from darkest Africa? what would I possibly know about mandolins? <big grin>
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