The title of this article should probably have been “How to get a great deal on eBay!” but it’s all a matter of perspective. A while back, I was searching eBay using a series of keywords for items that I collect. For some strange reason, these two handsome fellas popped up in a keyword search for “King Kong.”
Huh? I have a pretty good eye for King Kong, and I surely don’t remember those two in the movie.
It turns out that the eBay gods were smiling on me that day, because while searching for one of my collecting passions, another one popped up in the results. Here’s the title of the auction as it appeared on eBay:
Ah, now I see it–“King” Features… Hong “Kong.” So that explains the King Kong search result, but I couldn’t understand why there were no other bids–those are vintage Mego figures–there should definitely be some interest. Oh wait, those are “Mego” figures, but the listing shows them as “Mega” figures.
The description for the figures didn’t do much to help sell these items either:
“You are bidding on a Lot of 2 King Features 1976 Mega Corp Figurine Made in Hong Kong. Not sure what characters they are or from what show. The red guy has a cut on his shoe and you can see the material under it. They are in decent condition otherwise. We are not experts regarding these item(s) and we may miss some detail(s) so please see the images for more detail on condition. We are selling this as is.”
If you have ever seen one of these figures, you will know that the words “MEGO CORP” are written in all caps, fairly large on the back of the figure. Changing the “O” to an “A” for Mega had to have been a mental slip by the seller, or even worse, maybe it was autocorrected by his computer. And the final straw is that he called them “figurines” rather than “figures” or “action figures.”
This seller had a feedback rating of a whopping 18,800+ so he is by no means, a newbie to the ways of eBay, but the errors certainly worked out for me–no one else bid and I got both of these figures for $9.99. These should have cost me more than five times that amount.
This article was not written to rub the seller’s nose in his mistake or to gloat about my purchase. Hopefully, you will read it and remember these mistakes the next time you sell an item on eBay. Just the smallest amount of research can make a big difference towards getting top dollar for your item.
Have you ever been on the winning side of an error-filled listing on eBay? Have you ever made a big mistake while selling an item?