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Fun Thread--Worst Coins On Ebay, Etsy, Craigslist, And Other Buying Sites!

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 Posted 02/28/2021  10:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Igor22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Why is there such a misconception of the 1976 Bicentennial Washington quarter with non-collectors believing they are extremely rare and valuable? SMH....I don't get it. This new listing is a very good example.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/303902840266


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 Posted 03/01/2021  03:21 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good example, igor22!

Something I don't get is why so many of these people persist in asking ridiculously high prices. The average person generally does NOT spend $150 or $225 on a coin. The only person likely to spend that sort of money on a coin is a serious collector, and they will know it's worth 25 cents!

Yesterday I came across an eBay ad offering a circulated 1981 British 2p coin for 150. I emptied my change jar, fished out an identical coin, photographed it and stuck it on eBay for 99p including postage (the minimum I could sell it for without actually making a loss). In the description I wrote:

Look on eBay and you will see 1981 2p coins for sale for ridiculous prices. I've seen some advertised for 150.

Honestly, who on earth would pay 150 for a 1981 2p coin?

Would you pay 3,750 for a pint of milk?

If you needed to post a letter, and your friend had a second-class stamp in his wallet, would you pay him 4,950 for it?

You see a brand-new Dacia Sandero car on a dealer's forecourt. The price sticker in the windshield says 59,962,500. Or you could put down a deposit and then pay 675,000 a month. Would you buy the car?

Of course not. Well, all of those are equivalent to paying 150 for a 1981 2p coin!
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 Posted 03/01/2021  11:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Igor22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Of course not. Well, all of those are equivalent to paying 150 for a 1981 2p coin!


NumisRob That is absolutely hilarious!

Over the course of a couple of months last year, I had inquired as to how these sellers come to the values they have for the outrageously priced coins. I was really surprised with my findings, and ultimately discovered a scam outside of the usual selling platforms that involves mainly common modern coins....which I'm sure is also being implemented using common modern European coins.

Im not very knowledgeable in the subject of European coins, despite having a small collection of European pieces, I wouldn't know the values of any of them off the top of my head to save my life. So I guess the overpriced listings are targeting the persons that are "Less Than Knowledgeable" of the pieces they are dealing with, or the seller had come across bad information leading them to believe differently.
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 Posted 03/02/2021  6:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Igor22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
LOL....The seller must have gotten a bunch of messages informing him/her that the common quarter with environmental exposure damage was not "Extremely Rare" as they claim....the listing has been removed. I'm just curious...What was the heading of this listing?
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 Posted 03/03/2021  10:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This nonsense with these sky-high prices would immediately stop if eBay starts charging a daily listing fee: the longer your coin is for sale, the more money you pay just to list it. The faster you sell your coin, the lower the fee. THAT would provide an incentive for people to lower their prices so they sell quickly.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  11:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Igor22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
NumisEd I completely agree with you. I find it interesting that eBay cracked down on the fake Chinese items that were flooding the listings a handful of years ago, and the over priced hand sanitizer/disinfectant cleaners....but it is okay for common/damaged coins listed as "Extremely Rare" with obnoxious high Buy It Now prices that are targeting the persons that are not knowledgeable enough to know better.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  12:02 pm  Show Profile   Check John K's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add John K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I rarely look at "Buy it Now" listings because of high prices. But the auctions have gotten just as bad with high minimum bids. eBay needs to reward sellers that have auctions that get bids, and charge a extra fee for those that never get a bid. That would be about 95% of all auctions!

Most days, I look at all the world coin auctions that are about to close. Except for junk silver lots, most of them never get a bid. There are only a handful of sellers of world coins that start their lots under a $1 and offer free or reasonable shipping. They do just fine as I bid on many of their items but only win a few. It is not an "auction" when the minimum bid is full retail (or worse!)
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 Posted 03/03/2021  5:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Someone's begging to get their account removed, methinks... most of the other 66 items he's offering at the moment are just as bad.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1964-Jeffe...154270929603
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Someone's begging to get their account removed, methinks


What rule did he break?
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 Posted 03/03/2021  6:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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What rule did he break?

Ha ha, very funny!
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 Posted 03/03/2021  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Something I don't get is why so many of these people persist in asking ridiculously high prices. The average person generally does NOT spend $150 or $225 on a coin. The only person likely to spend that sort of money on a coin is a serious collector, and they will know it's worth 25 cents!

Yesterday I came across an eBay ad offering a circulated 1981 British 2p coin for 150. I emptied my change jar, fished out an identical coin, photographed it and stuck it on eBay for 99p including postage (the minimum I could sell it for without actually making a loss). In the description I wrote:

Look on eBay and you will see 1981 2p coins for sale for ridiculous prices. I've seen some advertised for 150.

Honestly, who on earth would pay 150 for a 1981 2p coin?

Would you pay 3,750 for a pint of milk?

If you needed to post a letter, and your friend had a second-class stamp in his wallet, would you pay him 4,950 for it?

You see a brand-new Dacia Sandero car on a dealer's forecourt. The price sticker in the windshield says 59,962,500. Or you could put down a deposit and then pay 675,000 a month. Would you buy the car?

Of course not. Well, all of those are equivalent to paying 150 for a 1981 2p coin!

Honestly, this is brilliant! Great job, NumisRob!
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 Posted 03/03/2021  6:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1847bill to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You sure get a lot of pictures for the money.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  7:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Igor22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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What rule did he break?


The only issue I see is the extremely high price, but that isn't a violation that I know of....it's not like the seller claimed the coin was uncirculated or in MS condition.
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