Ebay Lies About Sale Prices?

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  1. BatUtilityBelt

    BatUtilityBelt Well-Known Member

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    I was pedal shopping on ebay and saw the one I wanted. The guy listed it for $150, which was a good price, but added shipping of $25.59, which I thought was a bit excessive for a pedal. So I made an offer of $135 + $25.59 shipping to compensate. The seller accepted the offer, and I expect to be playing too much with that pedal next week, but here's the thing... The ebay listing says it sold for $150. Now this bothers me, not for this deal, but for every gear price research ever. If we are looking across ebay to research prices an item actually sold for to know how to price it selling, or what a decent deal is buying, we are being lied to. My offer of $135 was accepted through ebay, and my ebay account knows I bought it for $135, so what is up with ebay telling everyone else it sold for $150?

    A little copy/paste/names protected from the ebay listing:
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    Anyone else research prices this way and feel used?
     
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    Same goes for Reverb.

    My 97 Heritage still shows as $1379+$30 for shipping. I paid less.

    Only the seller and buyer see the true sale price.

    eBay has been like this for years. You used to be able to sort by price and those that went for lower than the accepted price would be out of order.

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    Nope. Ebay doesn’t show the actual sale price when best offer is accepted, it just says sold with a line through the original price. Reverb is the same, and they do this because a best offer accepted is more of a negotiation between the buyer and seller...someone may have been desperate to pay rent and accepted $100 for something that normally goes for $200, and if they show all that then less people will be doing business there cuz folks will be asking for that price from other sellers and claiming "that's what they've sold for recently".

    This is the one you just bought and how it shows up for me when I search for it and click ‘sold listings’:

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    I guess it's good they put a line through the price in the multiple listing.
     
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    Yep, there's no misleading/lies on the part of Ebay or Reverb. It just shows up for you that way as the buyer (and lists your offer that was accepted on top).
     
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    Well, I said "lies" based on the listing page saying "Sold for US $150", when it didn't.
     
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    I wonder if it has anything to do with Mininum m Advertized Prices (MAP)

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    I could see that being a driver for the policy, definitely.
     
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    Right, but my point is it just shows you that and mentions the best offer that the seller accepted from you above it. It doesn't show up as "sold for US $150" to anyone else.

    Bit of a weird way to do it for sure though. Could just show it the same way to you as it does to everyone else.
     
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    They don't show the lower price because................they make commission on sales. So the next person to list one thinks, hey they sell for $150, i was gonna list mine at $125. Ebay makes more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
     
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    Oh I see, and agree. Why not show it the same to everyone for sure!
     
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