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carlberky
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18 Dec 2014
02:49:57pm
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I'm already over-budget for the month, but this one got my attention.

I normally bid only on well-centered stamps, and if the margin miss match is on the top and bottom, optically it's not too bad. This one is obviously a side-winder, but at the right price, if I can't live with it, I can always resell it.

Short story long, I put in my ridiculous low bid of $101. It held up for a few hours.

Out bid : $110. $399, $1001, $1999, and currently $2024.

Is there a moral to this story?



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adam31415926
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18 Dec 2014
05:40:54pm
re: Trolling for #187 ...

A couple of points:

1) Ebay bids usually start out low.
2) If I were to spend the money for a valuable stamp I would only buy from a local dealer and it would have to have a certificate

My 2 cents.

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carlberky
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18 Dec 2014
06:26:49pm
re: Trolling for #187 ...

Adam ... 1) Yes, Ebay bids usually start out low ... and sometimes finish that way.

2) I've done business with the Seller before. His numbers are good( 1 negative in nearly 800 transactions).

Yes, a certificate would be "nice" ... especially for the person bidding $2,024!

The bottom line ... I had very little to lose. I'm retired, and have more time then money to spend.

Thanks, Adam, for your response.

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28 Dec 2014
06:46:34pm
re: Trolling for #187 ...

Sold for $3,247.

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carlberky
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09 Mar 2015
01:49:04am
re: Trolling for #187 ...

Well, it's not as pretty, but I did manage to get my #187 ... and for a lot less than $3,247 !
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Warriorpoet62
20 Jan 2016
10:23:21pm
re: Trolling for #187 ...

With respect to bidding on Ebay, I don't mind spending on a stamp i like. I do have some guidelines that I follow.

1. The seller must have at least 1000 sells.
2. He/she should have above 99.7% positive feedbacks.
3. The seller should have a storefront on ebay.
4. This one not necessary but: I try to buy from established members of stamp forums.

I haven't been burned yet...knocking on wood.

wp62

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srailkb
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27 Jan 2016
02:38:20pm
re: Trolling for #187 ...

carlberky, based on the shade, impression & perfs, I suspect you still don't have a 187, but rather a faulty 150 (assuming no secret mark - hard to tell from your image).

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