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  Reply # 1470726 14-Jan-2016 12:24
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heavenlywild: Bring on eBay to NZ!

So what are the eBay commissions side by side with trademe? My recollection is more.of the same.



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  Reply # 1470735 14-Jan-2016 12:32
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It would appear ebay is flat rate 10% with maximum $750 charge. Which is why people do the low price/high shipping cost.

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  Reply # 1470737 14-Jan-2016 12:36
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Geese: It would appear ebay is flat rate 10% with maximum $750 charge. Which is why people do the low price/high shipping cost.


So, really, the only competition isn't much of an option even if it were coming.



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rmt38:So, really, the only competition isn't much of an option even if it were coming.


I make lots of purchases on Ebay, and I've always prefered trademe's layout... until recently when they messed with it and now everything is so hard to see (questions/answers, bidding, etc). The only good thing trademe did with the changes is add a "xx people are watching this item" - it seems to create an environment of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), and people who want something seem less inclined to fluff around.

So now the layout has changed I prefer the look of Ebay better, I like that usernames can be changed every 30 days (it shows a history if clicked on - so people can't hide bad reputation by changing name - plus there is a warning shown for a while when name is changed alerting people), I like that buyers - if they pay, can only receive good feedback - I have received back feedback from a TM buyer because I didn't write him good enough "good" feedback. Also as previously mentioned, there is buyer protection, which thankfully I've never had to use, where TM seem to want to wash their hands of any problems. I think thats worth the extra 2.1% as a direct comparison.

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rmt38:
Geese: It would appear ebay is flat rate 10% with maximum $750 charge. Which is why people do the low price/high shipping cost.


So, really, the only competition isn't much of an option even if it were coming.


True but with another major player there is bound to be changes - for the better!

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  Reply # 1470860 14-Jan-2016 14:13
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Substantial investment required. I doubt they would do that.

Also. never heard of duopoly? Sometimes things get worse.

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  Reply # 1470870 14-Jan-2016 14:21
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gzt: Substantial investment required. I doubt they would do that.

Also. never heard of duopoly? Sometimes things get worse.


I don't know how the supermarkets managed to talk the commerce commission into going from 3 major super market companies, into two in NZ, because that was never going to be good for consumers. Surprised there isn't some form of regulation on the staple foods, as you don't really get much competition with duopolies, as we saw in teh mobile phone market. It wasn't until 2 degrees entering the market, that mobile prices dropped substantially. With food, you only have to see all the expensive colourful leaflets that come int eh mail to see that there is a lot of money in it for them . Some of the margins they now make on their everyday food prices is huge. John Campbell program used to regularly check the prices NZers were paying, compared to other countries, but with that gone, there is pretty much nothing else that does this. Maybe consumer, but that is paywalled, it should have remained a public service..

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  Reply # 1470873 14-Jan-2016 14:27
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I don't know how the supermarkets managed to talk the commerce commission into going from 3 major super market companies, into two in NZ, because that was never going to be good for consumers. Surprised there isn't some form of regulation on the staple foods, as you don't really get much competition with duopolies, as we saw in teh mobile phone market. It wasn't until 2 degrees entering the market, that mobile prices dropped substantially. With food, you only have to see all the expensive colourful leaflets that come int eh mail to see that there is a lot of money in it for them . Some of the margins they now make on their everyday food prices is huge. John Campbell program used to regularly check the prices NZers were paying, compared to other countries, but with that gone, there is pretty much nothing else that does this. Maybe consumer, but that is paywalled, it should have remained a public service..


If the taxpayer's union has subjectively achieved anything of worth, then perhaps a similar service aimed at competition and pricing might do as much or better.

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  Reply # 1471409 14-Jan-2016 22:12
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gzt:
heavenlywild: Bring on eBay to NZ!

So what are the eBay commissions side by side with trademe? My recollection is more.of the same.


But with things like Buyer Protection and so on, so it's at least better VFM.





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  Reply # 1471412 14-Jan-2016 22:15
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ebay is _so_ much better in that you can have the order combined, edited, specify choices when buying and so many other basic features that make it a pleasure to sell on compared to trademe.

Helped a friend out selling in AU on it briefly. So much better tools. A buyer who doesnt pay you cant leave bad feedback and actually gets a strike that counts for something etc.




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  Reply # 1471413 14-Jan-2016 22:16
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mattwnz:
gzt: Substantial investment required. I doubt they would do that.

Also. never heard of duopoly? Sometimes things get worse.


I don't know how the supermarkets managed to talk the commerce commission into going from 3 major super market companies, into two in NZ, because that was never going to be good for consumers. Surprised there isn't some form of regulation on the staple foods, as you don't really get much competition with duopolies, as we saw in teh mobile phone market. It wasn't until 2 degrees entering the market, that mobile prices dropped substantially. With food, you only have to see all the expensive colourful leaflets that come int eh mail to see that there is a lot of money in it for them . Some of the margins they now make on their everyday food prices is huge. John Campbell program used to regularly check the prices NZers were paying, compared to other countries, but with that gone, there is pretty much nothing else that does this. Maybe consumer, but that is paywalled, it should have remained a public service..


My wife did a contract for Fonterra for a while. She used to buy milk in the staff shop. Normal dates etc, same packaging (Anchor) and it was at least 50% cheaper than the supermarket (same for butter and cheese) yet Fonterra were still making margin at those prices. 

Just shows how much the supermarkets are getting. If you want to compare milk here is the Tesco milk page in the UK for an example.

If you can't be bothered to work it out, 4 pints of semi skimmed fresh milk (2.27 litres) is NZ$2.22  which I reckon is about half the price it is here or thereabouts.





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  Reply # 1471418 14-Jan-2016 22:21
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Geektastic:

Just shows how much the supermarkets are getting. If you want to compare milk here is the Tesco milk page in the UK for an example.

If you can't be bothered to work it out, 4 pints of semi skimmed fresh milk (2.27 litres) is NZ$2.22  which I reckon is about half the price it is here or thereabouts.


2 liter non anchor brands are $2.50 normally so that is close enough to that for me to not care.

What % is semi skimmed milk anyway? Same as normal blue or light blue or is it worse?




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  Reply # 1471421 14-Jan-2016 22:27
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Geektastic:

Just shows how much the supermarkets are getting. If you want to compare milk here is the Tesco milk page in the UK for an example.

If you can't be bothered to work it out, 4 pints of semi skimmed fresh milk (2.27 litres) is NZ$2.22  which I reckon is about half the price it is here or thereabouts.


2 liter non anchor brands are $2.50 normally so that is close enough to that for me to not care.

What % is semi skimmed milk anyway? Same as normal blue or light blue or is it worse?


According to the website the milk is from Scotland produced for Tesco and is 2% fat. Semi skimmed is lite here, skimmed is the yellow watery one and Whole is the normal dark blue here.

I was going to look in more detail until I realised that there are 196 different products and sizes listed under 'milk'!





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Geektastic:

Just shows how much the supermarkets are getting. If you want to compare milk here is the Tesco milk page in the UK for an example.

If you can't be bothered to work it out, 4 pints of semi skimmed fresh milk (2.27 litres) is NZ$2.22  which I reckon is about half the price it is here or thereabouts.


2 liter non anchor brands are $2.50 normally so that is close enough to that for me to not care.

What % is semi skimmed milk anyway? Same as normal blue or light blue or is it worse?


Obviously milk is cheaper where you are! Anchor here is about $6.50 for 2 litres and the non specific brand one about $4.





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Geektastic: 
Obviously milk is cheaper where you are! Anchor here is about $6.50 for 2 litres and the non specific brand one about $4.

Haha, yes.  Not as bad as you have it, but similar.  Non-specific brand is $3.60 or similar here.

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