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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 12-02-2002 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just an FYI and a vent re: something I thought I spotted happening before. This blood-sucking vampire is selling a 67/68 dash clock here ...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1873908709
... and the clock knob here ...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1873908709
I just think that SUCKS BIG TIME is all I want to say
Sighmon

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indyphil
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From: Lafayette, IN, USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 12-02-2002 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From my perspective (someone who owns a non working clock in my 68) this could be a legitimate way of helping people out. For example why would I want to buy the rare and expensive knob when i already have one? All i want is the clock part. He can sell the knob to someone who has a working clock but has lost their knob...(there's a smutty joke in there somewhere)
If the prices/final bid truly reflect the parts value then I can get a clock cheaper from him than a clock+knob combo.
Im just playing devils advocate. I think it stinks too. Its clearly a way of making more money for the same stuff.

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1_ZoNiE
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From: Arizona - M&M Member No. 1968 & Owner/Driver of a 1968 Mustang Coupe! ~Happiness is Matching Numbers~
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-02-2002 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1_ZoNiE   Click Here to Email 1_ZoNiE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by indyphil:
From my perspective (someone who owns a non working clock in my 68) this could be a legitimate way of helping people out. For example why would I want to buy the rare and expensive knob when i already have one? All i want is the clock part. He can sell the knob to someone who has a working clock but has lost their knob...(there's a smutty joke in there somewhere)
If the prices/final bid truly reflect the parts value then I can get a clock cheaper from him than a clock+knob combo.
Im just playing devils advocate. I think it stinks too. Its clearly a way of making more money for the same stuff.

This is true! I once helped a gentleman, in Australia, to a obtain just a clock knob. Everything about his clock was perfect, except it didn't have a clock knob. He searched high and low in his area but couldn't find one. Although, I thought along the same lines I found out different. I always thought that the clock and knob were one unit.

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Jim

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 12-02-2002 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh Gawd!!! Did someone get a K**b J*b???

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65coupei6
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From: S.F., CA
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posted 12-03-2002 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did the same thing with a non-functional, not complete Rally-Pac. Then I had guys emailing me saying why don't you just sell it all together. Well, like it was mentioned sometimes people do not need all the parts.

So why part out a car when you can sell the whole thing? Next time I go to the junk yard I will just buy they whole car

Sighmon: Please do not take offense to this post. I am just sick of [email protected] posts. Let people do what they want. It is there auction.

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sigtauenus
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From: Beaufort, SC
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posted 12-03-2002 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right or wrong, ebay has revolutionized the used parts business. I have bought and sold on ebay and think it can be a good deal from both sides of the fence, but only if you take the time to watch the market value of the stuff you're into.

Right now I could probably name the price, within a dollar or two, of what NPD is asking for every part I'm looking for that they stock. If they don't stock it, I try to keep track of the high, average, and low prices that part has sold for on ebay for the past 2,3 sometimes 6 months or so (assuming I've had internet access). I do this so that when I see something I need, I don't get this fire in my belly to buy it right now at any cost. I know that if I don't get it for what I am happy with chances are the same part in better shape will be on there next week, and for a cheaper amount.

For doubters, sellers only make outrageous amounts if other people are willing to bid outrageous amounts, and buyers don't lose money buying unless they are foolish in bidding too much.

BTW, for what its worth, as of this posting the clock is at $71 and the knob at $20. I bought my own dash clock complete, functional with knob, for $75 at a show. Chances are I paid cash and no tax or shipping, and I still feel like I paid too much for a dang clock.

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PONYMAN
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From: Ardmore, Ok. USA
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posted 12-03-2002 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN   Click Here to Email PONYMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E-Bay is great. Sometimes parts come up for sale that are unavailable any where else. Like the only pair of NOS tailights for my 72 that I have EVER seen. Cost me $300 for the pair, but I was happy cause mine looked like crap. Of course then I was hesitant to put them on, but what the heck, that's what I bought them for, and they made the tailight panel with the repro chrome strips look fantastic.

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skips69
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From: Catlin, IL USA
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posted 12-04-2002 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skips69   Click Here to Email skips69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I personally just sold a complete 67-68 dash clock last weekend on ebay - ended at $61.00 if I remember correctly. I left the stem on, but agree in parting most things out for the reason that some people are looking for just one or two smaller components of a larger part. I do want to make the most that I can obviously (this in return funds my own projects), but don't want to see pieces being wasted either - someone buying a complete console for example, just to get an ash tray that is better than what they currently have would be far more expensive that buying just the ash tray itself. Bids that start out at $10 and end at $100 are not the fault of the seller. 2 years ago, there were about 120 or so pages of Mustang stuff on ebay - mow there is close to 400 on any given weekend. There are more people cleaning out their garages and buying up parts cars for this reason. It should be a buyer's market now. Catalog prices and shipping charges are extremely expensive compared to even 7 years ago when I started on my own two Mustangs, so I am glad to have ebay as a tool to make purchases and save some money on needed parts. There aren't any Mustangs in the junk yards here anymore, so you have to go somewhere to get these parts. Patience will reward you on ebay if you search vigilantly and often. Shop in the middle of the week, ask questions, request photos, read the feedback and spend no more money than you have set aside for the item. If you don't get it this time, there will be more the next week.

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