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E-BAY vs. AMAZON

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August 29, 2011 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: EBAY , AMZN

Countless love to say that AMAZON sells everything you can think of for less and I challenge you to find anything at all that AMAZON sells for a higher price vs. a competitor.

Ok....

How about Brady Games Strategy Guide for Tales of Vesperia that I discovered today was both available for purchase at AMAZON and E-BAY (Gamestop doesn't have it)?

AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Vesperia-Signature-Guide-Bradygames/dp/0744010098/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1314659089&sr=8-2

NEW: Starting at $129.99
USED:  Starting at $55.77

*YIKES*

Anyone want to spend $130 for a Video Game Strategy Guide?

E-BAY:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=Tales+of+Vesperia+Strategy+Guide&_sacat=See-All-Categories

USED: Starting at $9.99    (3 days left to bid)

Wow!  Amazon....Amazon....Super Saver Shipping on Amazon!!!!  Save a bundle...Have a thrill!!!
Buy a strategy guide for $129.99  only at AMAZON!!!!!

Uhm..no thanks Amazon.  You're pricing is a bit tad teensy weensy high.

So given that Amazon pricing isn't 100% always cheaper than (insert competitor),

Who can you turn to for your shopping if you are an On-line Shopping Junky?

Turn to websites that act as Shoppers Guides....  There's Google, Yahoo, and Bing Shopper guides....and etc...

But, there's also companies like Price Grabber!!!
http://www.pricegrabber.com/duke+nukem+forever/products.html/form_keyword=Duke+Nukem+Forever/st=query/sv=findit_top/


Let me make it simple....  Just because you've been Digitally Dnloading Books or Games or Music
exclusively on iTUNES, ZUNE, STEAM, KINDLE, IPAD, whatever.....doesn't mean you are getting the best price.

An educated shopper isn't one that gets every whatever from the exact same company.
Those shoppers are the ones crying in Tears about how they could have gotten what they bought for less if it weren't for their habit of shopping in 1 location all the time!

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#1) On August 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM, Varchild2008 (82.98) wrote:

P.S.  Best Buy doesn't have it either.

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#2) On August 29, 2011 at 7:21 PM, Varchild2008 (82.98) wrote:

Oh and I suppose the point of this article is that so many view
Market Share from a very small lense.

A company's market share even if it is extremely high today can and will be eaten up by future competitors through pricing and other means.

The problem is educating the masses that some Smaller Mom and Pop Website Seller is selling things for less than the Big Massive Market Share Monster Stocks.....like Amazon.

Too many shoppers think...It's huge....It's big!!!  It has nice glowing SUPER SAVER text all over the place and I am a super, diamond, platinum, prime shopper status!!!!

Therefore, it must be the best deal around!!!!

Really???  Did you bother to check to see if it is the best deal around or just assumed so?

Competitors that are smart will educate the shoppers and eat up market share.

That's how I view the Bricks and Motor stores as they try to beat up Netflix and Amazon and E-BAY and so on at their game.

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#3) On August 29, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Varchild2008 (82.98) wrote:

Can't tell what is or isn't signature series or just a regular guide.

But given that the reviews of the Signature Series guide on Amazon was that it doesn't add much compared to the regular Strategy guide....Ultimately, I as the shopper would take a pass spending $130.00 on a strat. guide.

Most people would.

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#4) On August 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM, ikkyu2 (99.37) wrote:

I don't believe in an ebay purchase till I'm holding it in my hand.  Seller fraud is more common than a successful transaction, especially on these low ticket items.

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#5) On August 29, 2011 at 8:42 PM, Varchild2008 (82.98) wrote:

Don't tell me that you make that statement as if AMAZON has a flawless record when it comes to the condition of a product you buy from one of their many 3rd party affiliates?

Seller problems (I won't go so far as to say fraud as that is something difficult one would have to prove in a Court of Law) also happens on AMAZON.

But in both cases Amazon or Ebay they have a return policy.

Speaking of seller issues on Amazon.

I once purchased a game called JADE WARRIOR only to discover the disc was dirty and scratchy and well damaged.
This was more than 5 years ago but still...It happens on AMAZON.

AMAZON isn't AMA-PERFECT!

NO SELLER IS PERFECT.

So Amazon ain't free of problems with merchandise sold my 3rd party affiliates.  It is why they have a form you fill out when you receive damaged goods caused by either the shipping process or the item was damaged in the first place.

P.S.  E-BAY lists seller ratings so you can get an idea of seller's track record history before agreeing to buy from them.

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#6) On August 29, 2011 at 8:48 PM, Varchild2008 (82.98) wrote:

"I don't believe in an ebay purchase till I'm holding it in my hand. Seller fraud is more common than a successful transaction, especially on these low ticket items."

Happens more than it doesn't?

You sir are experiencing a wholly different picture than me.

I've bought fragile antiques on E-BAY.....as well as small ticket items like strategy guides, video games, books, music, everything under the sun.

I've RARELY had issues. 

Just as I RARELY have issues with AMAZON.

I highly doubt E-BAY track record is worse than AMAZON but that would make for an interesting Survey if people answered it truthfully.

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#7) On August 29, 2011 at 8:51 PM, Varchild2008 (82.98) wrote:

E-BAY also has E-BAY insurance when you buy should your product ship damaged.

There's no blame game or pointing fingers here that one is better than the other.

Which is why Shoppers should be more focused on Pricing Guides and Comparison Shopper Sites than wasting time with some wild

personal bias cause you had 1 or 2 bad experiences with whatever company.

Countless times I have a bad experience with a retailer but I always return and lo and behold my future visits turn out far better than prior visits.

Exclusivity Shopping is for losers and by that I mean those people who simply SPEND MORE MONEY on goods than smart shoppers who are more objective shoppers.

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