Ned Bouhalassa wrote:
FWIW, I think this is more stupid than interesting. 5 grand, OK, but this?
Mostly interesting to see the full kit together - but yes, a ridiculous price
Re: eBay::.. my pet theory: eBay's purpose was originally to sell quality/collectible/vintage/antique (desirable secondary market) used items. They were very good at it for a long time because you typed in what you wanted and either found it or not. Then they went public and shareholders demand a growing business so they have to grow. The amount of quality/collectible goods coming on the market increases slightly (decreasing pool of such goods meets increasing % of population online), but not enough to keep pace with shareholder demanded growth (5% at least??). Their response? Give big corporate sellers a price break to add more new stuff to compete with Amazon. Works for a while, but again, growth is slow in this area because Amazon and just about everyone else does new goods much better than eBay. Wave 2 of growth seems to be trying to reposition their categories so they can have big sellers list as much crap as possible beside those desirable secondary market items at a discount, to drive up banner ad views and increase page views and general click through volume (hello google search results - I see you). Now when I type in Honda CB77 in eBay motors I get ~90% unrelated "suggestions" and I have to spend a bunch of time sorting through 1100 items trying to find the relevant 100 items that used to be all that came up, or filterable with the now disabled wildcard. I'd be willing to bet someone has calculated exactly the ratio of filler crap to quality goods their customers will endure. Etsy has eaten into their vintage clothing and household items and reverb.com may have a chance of getting some of their vintage musical instruments if we support them. Synths and Drum Machines used to be a category refreshingly on topic, but you watch, the ratio of vintage synths to covers and power supplies and stands and other new crap you can get cheaper at Guitar Center will go way up.
The other side of that all? If I wanted to liquidate my studio on the quick due to some emergency need for $, I'd put it all on eBay because like it or not, they get the most eyeballs and in most cases the highest sale price...
eBay very likely is a monolith that will never go away.
Did I just type all that??