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    Hello gents,
    I set a low start price with a reserve. Whether that reserve is high or low is debatable. Some people think reserves are silly. But so are many eBay buyers. Take bidding wars. Hey, I've done it, but getting in a bidding war over an item usually means that your set price is disregarded and you now simply "NEED" that item or are going to "WIN"! This is silly. Can be fun, but is silly.
    So now take reserves. I've seen one razor sell for high, next week the exact same razor, dirt cheap. But if you just "set" the price, the silly factor comes into play again.. in a bidding frenzy, many buyers will pay easily twice what would have turned them away in a starting price!
    If you take that info and turn it around in your head, you might lose respect for what seem to be mindless sharks getting the whiff of a cheap buy and then getting lost in the moment. But do you want to pander to such silly urges? Well some say if you want to make money.. okay but what about losing out like when for what ever reason the price didn't go up. It happens. Gotta take a chance?

    This brings me around to my questions. I keep getting people asking what my reserve is. I haven't answered yet because I'm at a loss. WHO CARES! I've never asked a seller that question. Do these buyers not want to "risk" spending the time on bidding? Risk getting their hopes crushed by my reserve? That is a silly question. Do you guys ask/receive that question?

    Just imagine that the reserve is another bidder. And he is going to bid a certain amount. You don't know that amount. So now that element of competition and suspense is back. Problem solved! It's all silly, let's not try to make algebraic equations with our macaroni.

    All this is my most humble opinion. please don't take too much offense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeT View Post
    Hello gents,
    I set a low start price with a reserve. ...snip...
    Just imagine that the reserve is another bidder. And he is going to bid a certain amount. You don't know that amount. So now that element of competition and suspense is back. Problem solved! It's all silly, let's not try to make algebraic equations with our macaroni.
    All this is my most humble opinion. please don't take too much offense.
    That is the first time I have come across a good, useful, working definition of a "Reserve" on the 'bay.
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    Dunno, always thought a "reserve price" was the hidden price below which the item would not be sold for. If you want the item bid till the reserve has been met and go from there. If the reserve price has been exceeded and you don't want to pay more don't bid anymore.

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    I think a set reserve price is good. I liked how you worded it, Mike. All buyers are looking for "that deal".....some get it and some don't. An item is worth what a person is willing to pay for it. Some sellers do set the reserve price a tad bit too high at times. Not all but some. Live and learn......lol
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    I think a reserve may garner interest, just not bids. Same as starting an auction at a fair point except the reserve is now out there. They may bid, but only a few who expect to pay a fair price. 99 cent no reserve auctions are bumped-up a buck at a time by cheapskates until it hits the end, whereupon a few may get into a bidding war. Lately, I look at those with make offer and make a fair one.
    Usually no 'smoking' deals that way, but easier to get quality for a fair price.
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    I understand your point and you did explain it well. But personally I see a reserve price and move on there will be other things to peek my interest. A reserve on eBay to me means the person isn't ready to sell at a reasonable price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    I think a reserve may garner interest, just not bids. Same as starting an auction at a fair point except the reserve is now out there. They may bid, but only a few who expect to pay a fair price. 99 cent no reserve auctions are bumped-up a buck at a time by cheapskates until it hits the end, whereupon a few may get into a bidding war. Lately, I look at those with make offer and make a fair one.
    Usually no 'smoking' deals that way, but easier to get quality for a fair price.
    JMHO
    That is also what I do when buying. I like to see buy it now or offers, I'll make fair offers and see if it hits. I never PM sellers making offers on auctions.. so so many times I ignore buyers or write back "this is an auction, no I'll not remove the listing and sell you an item for 10% its value." The nerve! LOL oh well.
    In truth, I could have listed it for a price that i felt was fair, but I was hoping to cash in on a possible feeding frenzy while staying protected in my shark cage called a reserve.
    Shameless. I know. But I've been bitten too many times.

    Castel33 thank you. I understand what you are saying. It is a valid point and perception of the buyer is relevant regardless of other factors. The shame is that the middle ground is hard to find. Many out of touch sellers indeed have ridiculous reserves. Some of us sellers are simply looking for protection just in case the buyers willing to pay a fair price are away from their computers.. can't blame a buyer looking for a screaming deal, can't blame a seller seeking profit.. but there is a point where greed gets to be annoying on both sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castel33 View Post
    I understand your point and you did explain it well. But personally I see a reserve price and move on there will be other things to peek my interest. A reserve on eBay to me means the person isn't ready to sell at a reasonable price.
    The corollary to that is the seller will not sell it for peanuts either. The reserve might just be fair price for the quality offered too.

    I usually look at BIN listing for what I want in the price range and quality I want at the time. Sorta cut to the chase and quit kicking tires.

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    My issue with the reserve price is that you need a second person to raise the bid high enough to get past the reserve. For example if the opening bid is $30 and the reserve is $50 and I really like the item and have to have to have it so I bid $100. The bid then sits at $30 until someone bids against me and raised that bid to the reserve or higher, then a sale can be completed. Far too many times I have bid on items with a reserve, and have been the high bidder without any competition and have been left with no sale. If there is a high opening bid I will wait until the last second to bid, just like every other auction and I may or may not get it. I guess the readers digest version is on a reserve auction you need someone else to come to the table, and with a high opening price you just need one bidder willing to pay.
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    It depends on which side of the "auction" you are on.

    When I buy, I know what I am willing to bid. No more. When I see an item with a reserve, I just make my max bid same as usual. Yes, all too often the reserve is somewhere out in left field between top of Empire State building and International Space Station.
    Its rare for me to actually USE a reserve, although I have considered it. Its not that I want top dollar for something, I just don't want to see it sell for LESS than a certain amount.
    Sure, I see a DD Wonderedge got 400 bucks. I want to get 400 too. But I am willing to sell it for less, but NOT willing to let it go for less than 200. Because that might be what I paid for it. (just using made up example numbers here)
    Of course, I also have razors that I just love too much to let go of cheap. If you want my favorites, you need to bribe me properly. Those I will simply put up with a predetermined BIN and if it doesn't sell, I don't care. If it does? well....
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