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# 170936 31-Mar-2015 11:34
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I check out Grays a couple times a week, usually looking to pick up some cool accessories, an old server or a PC that would be fun to play with, but it now seems as though people are bidding far more money than they should for second hand goods in untested, as is condition with no warranty.

Some of these bids are getting close to brand new value.

I think I'm just annoyed you can't find a good deal anymore.

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  # 1274154 31-Mar-2015 11:38
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and if you buy something smaller their freight charges are far to much per item





 

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  # 1274167 31-Mar-2015 11:57
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Yep - I found the same.
Anything remotely close to new (gen 3/4 i5 laptops) are snapped up in bulk at not too far from retail.

Then when you add freight and auction fee (20%!) it really isn't worth it.

You can sometimes get a deal on something in amongst other auctions - I got my Probook 4740s for $500 as it was part of an office lot.

Otherwise it is like TradeMe - I am pretty sure it is just shops buying in bulk to sell on.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1274170 31-Mar-2015 11:59
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Yeah I'm amazed the prices things go for on Grays, far too much in most cases.

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  # 1274181 31-Mar-2015 12:06
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I had a period before Christmas when I checked out every auction, now stopped visiting altogether.

Got a colour Brother laser for $130 which I thought was a good deal, but then a few weeks later it was same price at PBTech, new and with a warranty.

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  # 1274281 31-Mar-2015 12:47
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Not huge margins in new comp gear

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  # 1274299 31-Mar-2015 13:10
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It's no different to many thing on Trademe, including phones.

Some people have absolutely no idea of what things are worth and clearly think because something is on an auction site it represents a bargain.

I looked on TM to get an idea of what Galaxy S3's were worth when I sold mine last year. JB HiFi were selling them for $199 new with warranty, and there were somewhere 3 or 4 I saw that all sold for between $250 and $300 2nd hand. Unbelievable..

 



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  # 1274313 31-Mar-2015 13:22
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sbiddle: It's no different to many thing on Trademe, including phones.

Some people have absolutely no idea of what things are worth and clearly think because something is on an auction site it represents a bargain.

I looked on TM to get an idea of what Galaxy S3's were worth when I sold mine last year. JB HiFi were selling them for $199 new with warranty, and there were somewhere 3 or 4 I saw that all sold for between $250 and $300 2nd hand. Unbelievable..




You are talking about a product that's hit the $199 point only once in more than six months.. So people may consider higher than $199 a bargain if it's relatively new.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1274316 31-Mar-2015 13:27
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It is not uncommon to see TM auctions where a dealer offers one item at $1 reserve and then also lists an identical item with Buy Now at the actual intended price. On many occasions I have seen the bidding go substantially higher than the Buy Now. This happened to me recently. When I saw the autobids start to spiral up I just went to the other auction and hit the Buy Now. I ended up paying $20 less than the winning bidder for the identical item. Trade Me is a great social microcosm. You really see human irrationality at work there.




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