Further thoughts on the recent Ebay high bids....
Sellers have absolutely no control over online bidders. More importantly, if you continue to follow the sellers next auctions, you will, in many cases see the same pipes relisted, as the buyers failed to pay for them. This is happening to many sellers.
The unique factor in things is that folks collect all kinds of things. What one person looks at and sees no value at all another man sees a great treasure.
Exactly. All that matters is that it matters to the collector. Those items bring great joy to them.That is spot on.
I know a woman who collects thimbles, another who collects spoons, and a third who collects all kinds of small decorative bells.
I also know of a man who collects beer bottle caps and another who collects matchbooks/matchboxes.
None of these people have monetarily valuable items in their collections. But the value they place on their pieces is probably astronomical.
Sometimes its the hunt that brings them joy too.Exactly. All that matters is that it matters to the collector. Those items bring great joy to them.
I worked in the auto auction industry for over 20 years, and all over the country. There are many games played by both buyers and sellers. Sellers may have an auctioneer bid against “the Coke machine”, as in taking a fake bid to drive up the price. It’s even easier for online auctions, as the seller only needs a friend, relative or employee to have an account and cast phony bids to drive up the price. The risk falls when the phony bid ends up being too greedy and wins the sale. Buyers have just as many unethical tactics intending to intimidate or drive off competition. It’s a shame there are people who act this way, but like blackmouth said, when money is involved it’s not surprising.I too wonder about the actual buyers on some of these. Granted I realize that outside of the U.S. the market is different, but some of the final bids leave me kind of asking--why?? Is that specific pipe is of great symbolic wealth in there society--I don't know??? Some of the pipes leave me scratching my head. It also really makes me wonder why the pipe is relisted. When someone bids something up that high, and then simply refuses to pay leaves me wondering as it does others. I've always been of the mindset that if I can't pay-don't bid, but others may have concocted some type of scheme--who knows????