Monday, November 16, 2015

Do You Do Ebay?



When I first became aware of Crazy Quilt, I began collecting books on the subject from all the well known stitchers.  I remember seeing this book back then and  I can never figure out why I didn't buy it back then.  After I became more familiar with Crazy Quilting and the artists creating wonderful stitching Carole Samples work became well known to me.  Many of the stitchers I knew through the blogs actually know her.  When I heard that Miss Carole Samples was offering her templates I quickly ordered them, even though I had not yet started my Crazy Quilt journey.

Anyway, I have never really shopped on Ebay, though my daughter knows it well and even made a living selling there when she was out of work.

I recently acquainted myself with Ebay when I had to give up wearing flip flops and acquired a love of Minnetonka  Moccasins.  I learned the art of the Bid and how to Make A Offer, even when the seller does not request a Best Offer.

I happened to notice that 3 different sellers were offering this book for 40+ dollars.  I have seen it listed on Amazon for over $100 and everytime wondered why I hadn't bought it while it was in print.  So I thought what the heck, I'll offer all three sellers $20 and see if any bite.  Well, one countered with a $3 discount.  One did not reply.  But one accepted my offer and will even pay the shipping.  The condition listed was "acceptable" but I'm sure I'll be happy with it.

Do YOU shop on Ebay?  Do you have tips for a new buyer?  This could be more addicting than Pinterest.

14 comments:

  1. I don't shop on ebay and don't know anything about it, but I wanted to comment about Carole Samples. I took a class with her years ago at the Paducah quilt show. The class she taught wasn't the class described and no one was told what supplies to bring (mainly floss). It was a bit of a mix up. She was quite lively and personable, though.

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  2. I have, in the past, looked at ebay but never ordered anything. Now days however I'm very fond of Etsy and like it that there's no bidding involved. Lots of truly creative people on Etsy.

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  3. I have shopped on Ebay before but not in years.... So i'am no bidding whiz nor do i have any sage advice... lol I do however buy from Half.com which is apart of Ebay... for my hardcover books i love so much.. Great prices but you don't bid...I also like Etsy...... Have fun Carol! Hugs! deb

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  4. YES, I do ebay. I collect Swatch watches - trying to relive my high school years I think. I don't pay more than $10 or $15, I watch for free shipping and where it's being shipped from. I also have learned (the hard way) to buy used watches that say "working". It's also fun to search just on those items ending soon. Good luck!

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  5. I have purchased a couple of things from Ebay (mainly knitting needles...I love the Addi Turbos and they're SO much cheaper on ebay). Otherwise I stay away from both it and etsy because I know the temptation to spend more than I can afford would be too strong. (btw - if you're looking for cheaper books, check out www.bookdepository.com....they are out of England and most of the time have great prices and free shipping. Extremely fast service too!!).

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  6. I have not shopped Ebay for years, but I bought some vintage items and Eloise books from sellers. I'm not sure why I quit even checking things out there. I know it kept me glued to the computer for a while! :)

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  7. Morning, I have bought books on Ebay and have be pleased with both price and conditions. I do not bid however.
    I just search until I find a price I like and it doesn't usually take long. I get free shipping most of the time and it has
    always been in a timely manner.
    Have a great day

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  8. Hello, how are you? I have never bought on ebay, but I so love looking at all of the beautiful things for sale. Lucky you on the book.......it will be such a great addition for you " crazy quilt" collection!

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  9. For Future best pricing for any Book try this site I use all the time by Bookfinder..... http://www.bookfinder4u.com/IsbnSearch.aspx?isbn=2700603877&mode=direct ... it will list everywhere that a particular book is for Sale and all the pertinent info like price, condition, new or used, shipping so you can order direct from that site from the Sellers without all the work of searching and comparing. I've even been able to find out of print books there, I'm such a book addict and most bookstores now are straying away from ordering older issues of anything. Thanks always for your visits to my Blog... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  10. Congrats! We should take ebay lessons from you :) I sometimes use ebay and have always had a good experience. My tips for auctions would be bid as late as possible and with 'buy it now' search using 'Price + p&p lowest first'. Thank you for you comments on my blog and for your advice on scheduling posts. I think I have, indeed, been doing it wrong! :)

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  11. congrats on your book. Yes I do buy from ebay-If I am looking for something in particular I seem to check amazon first for an idea on price which they are usually really good, for craft items I check on etsy, and then off to ebay. I have purchased some out of print weaving books and patterns on ebay and I have purchased some really nice and some rare wool for spinning on ebay too. are you familiar with esnipe-if you really really want something and your bid is high enough they bid for you with a faster computer-my husband uses that allot the fee for that is very small.
    be sure to go back and review your purchase it is very important to the sellers especially on ebay--only the sad thing is ebay keeps changing their seller policies and they favor the buyer and punish the seller-so good reviews is essential for them as it effects their seller fees

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  12. Way to go! I have heard sooo many positive things about the book and the templates. Have fun! (I've never used eBay - I'm rather clueless.)

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  13. Goodness, if I'd known you wanted that book (and maybe I missed a post about it) I'd have sent it to you for free! I guess I should hang on to it now. Who would have thought it was so valuable although it really is a good book!

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  14. i tried e bay but though 'i had better not do this" i was bidding on sewing machines left and right

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