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    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2009
     
    How do you define your ebay searches?
    I found out that no matter how I define searches, not everything turns out on them. The most extensive that works for me are searches I do on ebay uk, with Worldwide/All Countries in advanced search. But it still doesn't shows everything.
    I'm sure I'm missing out on some things because of that.
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    Ich bin ein Idiot! I have been on ebay for almost 6 years and never knew about ebay.uk! I always just typed in ebay.com

    Well, I put it to the test - I opened two browsers, sorted by newly listed, and the UK site has so much more variety! 692 items on the UK site as opposed to 539, yet most sellers on the UK site seem to ship to the USA. I guess the difference is that everything is listed in GBP, but Paypal lets you pay in that denomination, so that would not be a problem.

    To answer the original question: I don't sort at all. I simply type in Uriah Heep under all categories, and check daily by "newly listed" - that is it. Sometimes I sort by "ending soon" to see if I missed something of interest, or "lowest price".

    I don't narrow it by shipping to countries either. I am fortunate as most sellers seem to ship to North America. I never found an item yet that interested me that did not ship to USA.
    • CommentAuthorBBH
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2009
     
    Yes I serach on ebay.co.uk obviously with Worldwide search in all catagories. You must also tick the checkbox that says Include title and description located just under the find serach box.

    Finally I have the search with the sort by drop down box set to newly listed. That way you can see what has just come on easily. When at this stage just save this search.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
     
    I do all that, Iain. Even tweaked with the advanced options. Still, couldn't manage to get everything in one search.
    There's also Ebay Germany (ebay,de). Some of the stuff there never show up on any other searches.
    Sometimes I take a look on GEMM. But it's difficult to figure out if the items listed are really available. You see like, "the page last updated 5 years ago";-))) Is it available or not;-)))
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    I figured there would be a German Ebay, so I checked it this morning (as the language of course is not a problem for me). I looked at about 10 items that interested me, but none of the sellers ship to America.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2009
     
    Well, Uriah Heep is Uriah Heep in German as well;-))) The language is a little bit of a problem, but I manage usually. And I asked Manfred for a translation once or twice.
    You can ask the sellers, ahead, if they are willing to ship to the US. I did it quite a lot, and usually people agree. Thou the shipping costs might be high. It's the main problem for me, high cost of shipping, from anywhere. I can buy an LP for 1 buck, and pay 16 for shipping;-)))
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    Shipping is not that much cheaper for me either, as generally the Heep stuff I end up with comes from a European country anyway, even though I find them on the regular Ebay site. Israel must have a lot of Heep fans, two of my most recent Ebay items (signed actually although I was not looking for the signatures) came from there.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
     
    Interesting, I haven't seen these items. What are they?
    Lot of Heepsters here? I doubt;-))) But there is a small contingent. We meet FTTT, have a BBQ, some drinks, some music. Manfred had the pleasure of meeting some of sharmutas;-)))
    We also have a July Morning event, usually the 1st weekend of July. We meet up at some picnic place, on Friday evening, have a BBQ and lot's of drinks for the whole night. And with sunrise, we listen to JM;-))) Last year there were about 20 people attending. A couple of years ago, there were above 30. The upcoming one is in planning.
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    30? Well, see you already got the US beat! I don't think there were even 30 people at the Heepvention in 2005 (which is the only event I have been able to attend so far)

    the CDs from Israel were Abominog (signed by Mick Box) and Spellbinder (signed by Phil Lanson)
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2009
     
    Well, not all 30 were real Heepsters;-))) Several wives, several children. Some are just classic rock fans that like to join us for the music and the party;-)))
    I personally know about 10 Heepsters here, with whom I'm in friendly relations, and keep in constant touch. And I know several more, but we're not in contact. In 2004, at the last Magician's Birthday party in London, we were a party of 7 from Israel. And 4 of us went to Spain, for the Heepvention last year.

    I never bought of ebay from someone from Israel. There's really not that much interesting Heep stuff over here.
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    MAM:
    If a German seller don't want to ship to the states, just ask me and I will act as a collection point and shipping agent ;-)
    I did it a couple of times for Boris. And if you buy stuff from different sellers, I can assemble those things in one package. Should be much more cheaper then.

    I never bought a 12" vinyl in the States, as I don't want to spend that much money only on shipping costs. Recently, I bought some stuff in Australia, but there, I can use my sister's address and she collects the stuff for me, till I pick it up or till she sends me a big package ;-)
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    Wow, thanks! Matter of fact, I just bought something from a German seller and he did ship world wide, but there was an issue with the shipping charges. I paid the ebay invoice amount, and he told me that it was incorrect and that shipping was much more, as per description - and he was right. I think he set up the invoice wrong, but his English was not very good and while I still type good German, I was not about to argue the point as his feedback was 100%, so I don't think it was done on purpose.

    So, I paid an obscene amount of shipping. I only hope that the item gets here, as I changed the address to my work address but I guess should not have, as there will be duty charges and I am not sure how that would work, as I never had to pay duty on anything. I only hope I get it, it's a rather expensive item. Oh well live and learn.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2009
     
    Rita, I have to warn you. Manfred will accumulate the stuff for you, but i order to get it, you'll have to travel to Spain, and you'll get a personal delivery;-))) Not that I'm complaining;-)))

    Not sure that posting big packages is cheaper. At least here, a package over 2kg is very expensive. Two packages with little less then 2kg, are cheaper then 1 with a little more then 2kg. Remember the last coffee package Manfred? It was originally slightly over 2kg, and I had to remove something, cause it was absolutely irrational to pay that amount for some 150 grams;-)))

    As for the ebay shipping prices, I think it has something to do with ebay regulations. They don't allow sellers to change shipping costs or something like that. That's why I noticed on many auctions, that sellers say not to pay attention to the automatic shipping cost, but look at the shipping prices inside the auction.
    I always ask the seller to send me a total invoice, before I make a payment. This way there are no misunderstandings.
    • CommentAuthorBBH
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2009
     
    Boris is right, anything over 2 kgs costs the earth.

    I remember a couple of years ago I sold about 7 or 8 old Blackburn Rovers shirts to someone who wanted to display them in their bar in the US. I initially packed in one box but the postage was about 20 pounds, i then split into two packages and the postage was only about 12 pounds. Go figure.

    The new ebay rules regarding postage is ridiculous towards sellers. It is so difficult to list something now especially with certain items were you can't charge postage more than a basic service. Ebay will shoot themselves in the foot oneday.
    • CommentAuthorbsmuheep
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2009
     
    Maybe the postmen get special bonuses for carrying extra weight;-)))

    If I'm not wrong, ebay doesn't charge sellers for shipping costs. By restricting this cost, they want to force sellers to place higher initial prices on the items themselves, and get more profit to ebay. Many sellers put a very low initial price on the item, and a ridiculous cost on shipping.
    On the other hand, me as a buyer, it bothers me that I'm charged sometimes twice or 3 times the actual shipping cost. I don't mind to pay a little bit more then actual, there is the cost of the shipping material. 20-30% sounds OK for me, but twice or 3 times, it's cheating.