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John Cook
Expert Film Handler

Posts: 183
From: Papillion, NE
Registered: Apr 2004


 - posted April 15, 2007 10:44 AM      Profile for John Cook   Author's Homepage   Email John Cook   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Check out the price tag on this feature...ouch!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280104869201&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS: US:1

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Lee Mannering
Film God

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From: The Projection Box
Registered: Nov 2006


 - posted April 15, 2007 11:02 AM      Profile for Lee Mannering     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It’s frightening what is going on with the ebay prices at present. Not as a buyer, but as a collector and owner of films. The dealers will be suffering to be sure as a result of this madness on ebay and I feel for them. Dealers cannot compete with this and I fear the worse for the long standing trader’s world wide. It’s got to wind up in a boom and bust in the end. I purchased GWTW privately this year for £200 in mint condition which was a very fair price. Lets hope the ebay situation settles down before long.

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Tom Photiou
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From: Plymouth U.K
Registered: Dec 2003


 - posted April 15, 2007 12:16 PM      Profile for Tom Photiou   Email Tom Photiou   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My Brother and i are fortunate to own a copy of this film,i do have to say i'm no big fan of e bay but that said i have recently jumped on the band wagon and have sold a couple of films on there. Now this particular film is at a ridiculous price tag. The dealers will sell you a dam good copy of this for around £250-£350 so anyone who pays this amount of dosh for the film has to be a half wit, as i have said before, good luck to the seller if he gets it. Unfortunatly i do appreciate that dealers must make a profit but sometimes some dealers will offer scilly money and then on top of that you have to pay P+P to send them, the biggest advantage of ebay is that postage is charged and covered for. If a dealer offered around £30 for a feature film,(its often less than that), you then have to pay £5-£7 to send it off.
Regrettfuly, e bay is seeing a few very greedy people who arnt always as honest in selling as we the collectors are and so many people will and do get caught out.
If i turn the table around now and back onto "some" dealers can i ask your thoughts on the BFCC and other events?????
My Brother and i are hoping to make Ealing in the Autum but a thought hangs over us, we love to see the usual dealers there,
we love to mingle and browse,
we enjoy meeting other collecors,
What we dont like is when some dealers only go to buy to make there own stocks and profits, bere in mind these are meant to be "collectors" conventions, now i know for a fact that at a recent do at Ealing a dealer purchased an entire lott of bargins from a collector who was selling, and some of the titles were awesome including Alien feature among others, is that a good thing for collectors??? If we had been at that one and were there to witness that we for two collectors would have been well pissed off after a 300 mile day trip, (each way)
So when someone is on ebay selling,(all be it a high price) and the dealer is said to be missing out, remember what happens at Ealing when the collectors miss out to "some" dealers who in my opinion should be set up at a stall to support the collector, before we do all vanish to the other side.
I've knocked ebay in the past and i still do when there are unscrupulous people on there but all you have to do with these odd ones selling at way over the top is to avoid at all cost. [Wink]

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Douglas Meltzer
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From: New York, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted April 15, 2007 12:19 PM      Profile for Douglas Meltzer   Email Douglas Meltzer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This is at least the second time the seller has tried to sell this print at that price. There were obviously no takers last time. For the most part I've seen a lot of restraint by US buyers (I don't monitor the UK eBay) when it comes to overpriced titles such as the Castle/Universal 8 horrors.

Doug

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Tom Photiou
Film God

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From: Plymouth U.K
Registered: Dec 2003


 - posted April 15, 2007 01:15 PM      Profile for Tom Photiou   Email Tom Photiou   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Exactly Doug, i think the buyers have much more sense and can see when somene is taking the mickey.This is one of those cases.

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Michael Clark
Film Handler

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From: Alexandria, VA U.S.A.
Registered: Mar 2005


 - posted April 16, 2007 11:33 AM      Profile for Michael Clark   Email Michael Clark   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yeah, this guy is trying for a second time to sell this film at this price. The way I've always understood e-bay is that it's first and foremost an AUCTION site, meaning you set the opening bid at a reasonable level, and then the bidding public takes it from there. When I sell films, I set a "buy now" price at what I'd LIKE to get (within reason), and then set a very fair opening-bid price, and see what happens.

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