On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by kell » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00



I just had an interesting phone conversation with another
clayer about the eBay auctions of polymer related stuff.

Her view was that she'd bid on things that hadn't already
been bid on, but would not bid on things that already had a
bid because another clayer wanted it and got there first.

Yikes!   My guess is that would be very depressing news to
our Jennifer, who is probably trying to get some of the
money back she's invested over the years.

<soapbox mode on>

Courtesy is admirable, but when it comes to something
"polymer" on auction, I'll go the limit of what I can afford
for the item (and when it comes to Karen Lewis's beads,
probably over it), and if that means beating out another
clayer, even someone I know personally, look out.   That's
what it's all about - bidding and buying.  I would hope
there would be no hard feelings, but if there were, I'd
wonder at the losing bidder's maturity.

<soapbox mode off>

 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by Jude » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00


kelly,
I agree with you whole-heartedly.  Business is business & friends are
friends.  I may want an item so badly that I'd bid it off the scales.
However, if I found out a  friend wanted it to such a degree  they had
bid on only this one item  and never again as just that one item meant
a lot (an extreme example) then I might be inclined to just happily
give it as a gift.  While bidding, it was business.  Later I could put
on my friendship hat which may simply give you a smile and 'sorry!'.
Judy

 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by kell » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> kelly,
> I agree with you whole-heartedly.  Business is business & friends are
> friends.  I may want an item so badly that I'd bid it off the scales.

Yes, I've done that on other, non-polymer, unique items that I know won't
be found elsewhere (or not in my vicinity, at least!).  One item I bid
$100 for, and it was only "worth" about $25, but I insured myself against
anyone but a "crazy person' [like me] overbidding me.  The components of
the item, made into other items, have brought me over what I paid for it
and close, at this point, to my maximum.

Likewise, if one of us is auctioning a gorgeous piece, I would probably go
higher than the average buyer would because I am factoring in the artist's
talent and time to get my own idea of its "worth."

If I'm "swooping" (a better and more accurate term, to my mind, than
"sniping") a hotly contested piece, it becomes me, the screen, and that
ticking clock -- everything else in the room disappears.  That's the fun
and the adrenalin rush of it, so I hope Karen never stops putting her
pieces up!! <g>

And there is something else very nice to be gained when auctioning things
we've done -- it's the recognition by our peers that we've done something
someone else might want.  Otherwise, we (me at least) never know if the
item is really good or just being looked at thru its "mother's" eyes.  ;o)

 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by BethCurra » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00


I've actually made a friend or two through the bidding process - one on Ebay
and one at an antique show who saw something I'd bought and asked about it.
In fact, I told that second person about another of the same item at that
same show that I'd unsuccessfully tried to get a better price on.  She ended
up getting the seller down to below even what I had offered!  But no hard
feelings, and now we're chat pals.

the only time I can think of that I would have been ticked off was once when
there were a large number of similar lots of beads on Ebay, with lots of
people bidding, and 15 minutes before the auctions were over somebody got on
and bid on every single one of them, going only a dollar over the current
high bid.  I thought that was really hoggish.  Fortunately he or she had a
slooooow browser and the previous bidders ended up getting back in on time.

One of these days i'd like to try selling on Ebay, but it looks to me like
the prices for polyclay beads are very low right now.

Quote:

>I just had an interesting phone conversation with another
>clayer about the eBay auctions of polymer related stuff.

>Her view was that she'd bid on things that hadn't already
>been bid on, but would not bid on things that already had a
>bid because another clayer wanted it and got there first.

 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by kell » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> the only time I can think of that I would have been ticked off was once when
> there were a large number of similar lots of beads on Ebay, with lots of
> people bidding, and 15 minutes before the auctions were over somebody got on
> and bid on every single one of them, going only a dollar over the current
> high bid.

eBay does raise the bid to the next highest increment, even tho the bidder may
have bid more.  It's only when someone else bids after that, that one can see
what that person's maximum bid was.   I agree, one dollar more as max bid is
asking for trouble....especially in the form of another pissed-off bidder who
will go that extra dollar just to see that they don't get the item!
 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by kell » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> One of these days i'd like to try selling on Ebay, but it looks to me like
> the prices for polyclay beads are very low right now.

I really think it depends on the item.  A lot of sellers start at the lowest
price they would sell it for retail.  While annoying, a lot of items are
appropriately priced.  I get to surf at work, so each night at some point I
check out the auctions under "polymer clay" and "fimo" (doing text search also)
to see what other folks are doing.  Some great stuff there, as well as some
funky stuff.  I'm going to put up a ring box I did in mokume gane later today;
we'll see if anyone even checks out what it might mean...<g> (we at least are
educating a few people about the stuff...!)
 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by BethCurra » Thu, 03 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Looks like some of Beccabead's stuff has done pretty well.  I think DIY
packages seem to be selling better than completed items right now.

I really think it depends on the item.  A lot of sellers start at the lowest

Quote:
>price they would sell it for retail.

 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by Holly Stol » Thu, 17 Jun 1999 04:00:00


I have been bidding on Ebay for almost a year now
and never thought to look for polymer clay things.

I just went and searched and found KLEW bids.
Oh what wonders I have misse.d

And not bidding on things someone else has bid on as a
courtesy.

Well.... my momma didn't raise no fool.
All is fair in love, war and auctions!

Holly
 http://www.wcfa.com/holly

Quote:

> Yikes!   My guess is that would be very depressing news to
> our Jennifer, who is probably trying to get some of the
> money back she's invested over the years.

> <soapbox mode on>

> Courtesy is admirable, but when it comes to something
> "polymer" on auction, I'll go the limit of what I can afford
> for the item (and when it comes to Karen Lewis's beads,
> probably over it), and if that means beating out another
> clayer, even someone I know personally, look out.   That's
> what it's all about - bidding and buying.  I would hope
> there would be no hard feelings, but if there were, I'd
> wonder at the losing bidder's maturity.

> <soapbox mode off>

 
 
 

On bidding on polymer clay related auctions

Post by Holly Stol » Thu, 17 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Sorry that should have been KLEW Beads - but I was so e***d about
going and bidding!
Quote:

> I just went and searched and found KLEW bids.
> Oh what wonders I have missed