POLL: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on an item on eBay?

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I’ve decided to dedicate a few posts this week to the topic of : what kinds there are, how they work, how they’re used in business. To kickoff the fun, I’ve created a simple poll on the right sidebar: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on an item on eBay?

I’ll keep the poll open until the end of June, and if you’d like, you can leave any details about your purchase in the comments below. Assuming I get responses, I’ll be happy to summarize them and report results after the poll closes.

I’ll start. We’ve bought a total of 10 items on eBay. Most of these were replacement parts that we needed for small electronics like cell phones and computers, and their pricse ranged from $5-$50. But the most we’ve ever spent on eBay was for an Art Deco pate de verre and wrought iron table lamp from France by Rethondes.

It was not a frugal purchase: including shipping, exchange rates, an int’l wire transfer fee, and import tax into the US, the total cost ran somewhere near $700. Actually, the item originally didn’t sell because its reserve hadn’t been met, and we made an offer to the seller afterward for its reserve price, which he accepted. He listed the item for a second time for us using “Buy it now” for the agreed-upon price.

Did we overpay? Possibly. Will the lamp prove to be a good investment? Maybe not. We haven’t taken it to an expert to have it valued, but at least comparable pieces sold by dealers seem to be going for more. Besides, my husband loves the thing, it was certainly an uncommon item, and the transaction went well, so we don’t have buyer’s regret.

So now it’s your turn. What’s the most you’ve ever spent on an item on eBay?


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We spent a few hundred dollars on the copper bathroom sink in our master bath. It was handmade by this guy in Texas, and is just beautiful. I’ve never seen another one like it, in a regular store, so it was definitely worth it.