I never fell prey to eBay, and I only like Etsy because real people make real things and I am always amazed at how reasonably people price the real things they make.
But because of Mr. Dead Fairy, I decided to see how reasonably I might pick goodies up on eBay now.
Well, I can buy an old, empty Moxie drink bottle for $9.99.
For $65.99 I can get a "Frog Cemetery Grave Tombstone Saddle."
This is a molded foam decorative item that comes with silk flowers - and I have now educated myself and this is a "saddle" that straddles the tombstone, providing longer-lasting floral decoration than the typical flowers placed graveside in an urn or vase.
I can get a custom-made Dreamcatcher for $10. A 3-INCH Dreamcatcher.
I don't think that's a very good deal - I don't think 3 inches is enough space to catch very many dreams.
I can buy a dozen Fart Powder packets for $14.95. However, half a dozen vials of "Fart Stink Bomb" are only $1.95.
Ah, but I figured out how to get a better grasp of what's going on economically with eBay.
Now, I'm no eBay expert, but I was not surprised to learn that when searching on categories where bidding was common, like golf equipment, it looked like "sale table at the silent auction." People were bidding for the lowest possible price on items, and there weren't many bidders on any single item.
So, I looked at areas where I know something about prices. Fragrances - all those that allow bidding are "fire sale" prices for the most part, with few fragrances inspiring rapid bidding. As to makeup, it's little surprise that desirable products like Bare Escentuals are attracting bidders, but the bidding is currently for prices of less than half retail!
Oh. I think fire sale at Ebay says it all. And according to the Fool - eBay stock . . . did rally briefly but on its way down again.