This iPhone 4S just arrived from an eBay seller. Apparently, it hasn’t been fully charged in 44 years.
They will also pay 25% of your Early Termination Fee for all of your devices. Pretty sweet.
While we’re on the subject of bewildering eBay behaviour…
There was an iPhone that was only available as “Buy It Now” that seven people put on their Watch List.
What the fuck are you watching? Someone else buy it?!
What’s with the cancellations?
The seller vowed to cancel any bids from people with a rating of less than 10. I guess he figured things got too mucked up by the low-rated people and just nuked it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
The bidding started up again, and he cancelled a 1-rated bidder. But I saw the bidding before he did that, so I know what the current bidder’s high bid is now. Hee hee.
Why do people up on their own bid? More than once?
I can only think of a couple of reasons.
- They don’t understand how eBay’s bidding works. They want the price to go up as soon as they enter a higher bid. When they don’t see it go up, they think something went wrong and enter an even higher bid.
- They keep changing their minds and enter higher bids in a misguided attempt to ensure they win.
I’ve been watching people bid on iPhones for a couple of weeks now. The vast majority of people submit a bid that is the minimum step up from the current bid. If the previous bidder had used the system correctly and submitted their maximum bid, this incremental bidder would go one step at a time every 10-15 seconds (and being instantly outbid) until they were at the top of the heap. It’s like they just want to see their name as the high bidder for a while.
Of course, all that fine curation of the highest bid goes out the window in the last 30 seconds of an auction, when the big guns roll into town.
Why does anyone bid before the last minute?
I guess they don’t think about the mechanism of how the bidding works. Also, it’s in eBay’s best interest for people to bid throughout the length of the auction. That way, the final price is pumped up and their cut of the sale is higher. So there are little encouragements throughout the site to get people to bid early, bid often.
For example, there is a blue bar across the top of that auction that says “It is ending soon, so bid now before you miss out!" I also get emails about items in my watch list "ending soon!" which are actually over in six hours or more.
I have an AT&T 4S I will happily sell you for way less than that.
Thanks for the offer! That would be awesome, but I’m looking for a Sprint phone to use on Ting.
These chowderheads will have no recourse when they see what they bought for an exorbitant price because the damage is well-documented in the auction. The description says “slight crack on bottom of screen,” which is inaccurate, but there are several pictures of the damage, the above being the most illustrative.
The seller also says that he will cancel any bids from people with fewer than a 10 rating. So the guy with the 21 rating should have just sat back and watched the bids from Mr. 2 vanish.
But obviously we’re not talking about a couple of Einsteins here.
Best eBay iPhone Description
Yep another IPhone on Ebay. what is special about this IPhone? Well I have never shoved it down my pants while making the IPhone vibrate. I have never let my 2 year old kid slobber all over it while snot is running down their nose. I never let it get buried in my wife’s purse for all her make-up and hand lotion to smear all over the phone. I have never dropped it into a pool of urine at some crappy night club. I do not see any other IPhone here on Ebay claiming any of these. DO you know where their IPhones have been? Do you want to put that next to your face?
Clean, never dropped in urine, by a snot filled 2yr old because wifes hand lotion is all over the phone. IPhone.
2 yr old may have licked the wall charger….
I forcefully dropped my phone yesterday in the bathroom.
By “forcefully,” I mean it was attached to the speaker dock by an extension cable (THANKS, LIGHTNING CONNECTOR!), and I caught the cable with my clean underpants as I was flapping them to turn them right-side-out before my shower. The phone got slammed onto the toilet lid and bounced to the floor.
These two corners of the Ringke Slim case got damaged. The corners are exactly the worst place for the front glass to be impacted. If I didn’t have the case, the phone would definitely be broken.
I like this case because it’s flat black (there are other colors, too), very slim (It’s right in the name!), doesn’t have the ridiculous hole in the back to show off that you have an iPhone, and has a place to attach a strap for added security. If you’re going to get a case, this is a good one to get.