Saturday, July 19, 2014

eBay has ripped my heart out.

Anyone who has sold more than a couple things on eBay has experienced some regrets and disappointments, especially if the return (selling price - shipping costs, packaging costs, eBay fees, PayPal fees) is lower than the value you placed on the object up for auction.

Today I'm left with a heavy heart as I sit with one army remaining.  My space wolves sold for a very low price, which hurt, but what really hurts is who won the auction.

The winner has no particular love for the space wolves, doesn't care about the hundreds of dollars spent finding 13th company boxed sets, probably wont even notice the small conversions and magnetized storm bolter.  The winner is a high volume reseller of wargames stuff.  My scratch-built drop pod, who cares, maybe it'll be sold for $5.  Each of the units will be listed and resold in a way to maximize profits.  It's capitalism at its finest and it hurts.

I imagine it like a restored 1970 mustang being disassembled and sold for parts.

I feel sick. I can't bear to lose my Raven Guard this way, but I don't see the point of keeping them for a game I don't play or even have the rules for.

Perhaps I bring them down to the games store and see if they'll sell them on consignment.


  1. Sorry to hear about your disappointment. I had a marine army go to a reseller a while back, though I didn't have the same attachment you had with your wolves. I think a lot of armies end up with resellers as they have the $ up front for the bigger lots. As for the money, don't be shy about setting reserves.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I probably should have set a reserve, but that doesn't guarantee that it won't go a reseller.

  3. Great post. Wasn't expect that. Yeah, that would hurt.

  4. Ouch ! I would rather have given them away to a SW fanatic than see them broken up like that.

  5. Zzzzzz, I agree wholeheartedly.