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Old 10-09-06, 12:12 AM
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Most $$ you've surprised to have gotten from selling something on Ebay?

What's the most $$ you've gotten from selling an item on Ebay and you were surprised by the outcome? Ever had something that you sold and you had no idea that people would bid that much for it?

I had a Mariah Carey promo CD that I had grabbed from my sister years ago. It sat in a bag of CD's that I had wanted to get rid of. Turns out, there were some rare-ish remixes on it and I believe I got between $150-200 for it. I had to send it to Japan.

Anyone else have any weird stories?
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Before I was any sort of collector, I inherited a laserdisc player (first generation) and some discs. One of which was Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. this was apparently hard to find, I figured I'd get $15 for it on ebay, but after the 3 day auction was up, it ended up going for over $80!
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A free EMMY screener that I got $125 for.
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Haven't had any big surprises-got more than expected a few times but nothing outrageous.

I did notice that a cd I own just sold for $132.50 the other day.

Mod note: Comment about CR infringement removed... come on Buford you know better than to make that sort of comment here.

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Back in '99 or so I sold a Robin Gibb (of bee gees fame) CD for $165. I originally paid $3 for it at a pawn shop with the sole purpose of selling it on eBay since I knew of its scarcity. Still amazes me that someone would pay $165 for a Robin Gibb CD.

I also sold a Jim Morrison CD of him basically reading poetry for $130. Paid $5 for that one.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
Haven't had any big surprises-got more than expected a few times but nothing outrageous.

I did notice that a cd I own just sold for $132.50 the other day.
$132 for a CD? What was it?

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Owen Nolan hockey card from this year that went for about $800. It was an unlisted short print which resulted in a bidding war between a few set builders. It's Owen Nolan so I figured I would be happy with $20.

However, now it is selling for over $1k
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(1) Sony Vaio Z505 notebook computer. It was about 4 years old when I sold it 2 years ago. Sold for $700.

(2) My So Called Life DVD Box Set with Lunchbox. I bought it on pre-order for $99. Sold about a year later for $200.
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wife bought a tiara for her wedding for around $390. Sold it for $420 plus shipping after the wedding. it was bought by some cult place in the Seattle area. This place was buying up thousands of $$$ of items a day.

sold an old Dell laptop circa 1998 two years ago for around $80

sold some hard drives where I wrote AS IS and wasn't sure if they worked for around $30 each a few years back
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Waaaay back when TiVo first started up, I won a 14 hour (yup, a whole 14 hours!) TiVo online. I upgraded the harddrive and paid for lifetime. At the time, lifetime was $200.

When I switched to DirecTV and got a DirecTiVo, I sold that original Series 1 on eBay for over $500.
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A few items that cost me nothing:

A small flyer from the 70's for a London musical with Michael Crawford went for $40.00.

An off-Broadway four-page theater program that had Betty Buckley in her NY stage debut went for $62.00.

A Fiddler On The Roof Playbill with Bette Midler as one of Tevye's daughters went for $64.00.

A Music Man program from a City Center revival with Christian Slater as little Winthrop went for $54.00.

Hmmmm ... time to start going through those boxes of old Playbills again .....
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Originally Posted by naughty jonny
$132 for a CD? What was it?

By the power pop band, 20/20.

I see there's another up on eBay that just started.




Here's the one I'm talking about. It was $132.50. Sorry I was off by .50.

http://cgi.ebay.com/20-20-CD-1995-Lo...QQcmdZViewItem
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A beer stein my grandmother bought in Europe years ago. It was ceramic, painted with a scene of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. Butt-ugly.

Went for $148.
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i picked up a croquet set at a 2nd hand store for $5.
Got just under $200 on ebay for it a day later.

another good one was a 3-year old Compaq laptop that my parents got me as a gift. I upgraded to a new computer, so I decided to sell it. Got over $1,000 for it (my parents paid $900 almost 3 years prior). so i used that baby for 3 years and made a profit.

i got an xbox 360 at launch and sold it for $1700. yes, the buyer paid.

someone paid $23 for an expired Movie money ticket for Saw 2 that was included in the Saw Limited Edition DVD (which i paid $15 for)
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A friend's brother died, and I was helping to clean up the house. She was about to throw away a box of empty beer cans when I saw an old flat-top can inside. I convinced her to put the cans on ebay. The flat-top went for $120.
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Managed to get a PS2 at launch for the retail price of $300. Put it on eBay starting at $350 and it ended up selling for nearly $700 to someone in London who was buying it to send to his nephew in LA in time for Christmas. Felt pretty good about that one.
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An old place I worked, I used to get tons of promotional posters for movies, HBO series, concerts, etc. I made a couple hundred bucks a month off of these free things, but the best one I veer got was around $100 for an HBO Sopranos poster. Unfortunately, we only got 3, and since other people in the office caught on to my money-making scheme, I only got 1 of the 3 posters to sell. I still have a ton of posters left over, but nothing worth more than a few bucks, so I haven't bothered to sell them since then.
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Originally Posted by namja
(2) My So Called Life DVD Box Set with Lunchbox. I bought it on pre-order for $99. Sold about a year later for $200.
I have been looking for this, and it still goes for a bunch.

I sold an Apple Store t-shirt (from the tyson's corner grand opening) for $40+. It was brand new and still in the collector tube. I held onto it for a few months, then sold it before x-mas....i figured there would be some people looking for something cool for their favorite (albeit odd) mac user.

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$50 for a Motorola Bravo Beeper a few years after beepers were still cool, but not long enough for it to be a collector's item.
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Sold a bunch of old Mego toys for my father-in-law. He was going to dump them at a yardsale or something, but convinced him I could make him some cash if I sold it for him. I think ended up selling about 25 items for like 9 grand, with the most expensive a super girl toy that sold for 1700.

Outside of that, buy/sell rock posters quite a bit. Best I bought an Ireland '96 Pearl Jam for 220, sold it like 4 months later for 600.
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When my brother passed away, he had a two way radio he had to purchase for one of his jobs. Since no one I knew needed a 2-way radio, I put it on ebay and it eneded up finishing at $650
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I used to be a basketball shoe whore, but during my last home-move, I decided to get rid of several unused pairs. A couple pairs of Jordans went for $170-200, but one pair of Penny Hardaway's which I got for $39 at Marshall's, I was hoping to get $75-$100 for, sold for $320. The buyer even paid promptly!

A couple pairs of shoes for a leather couch, not bad.
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When I got divorced, my now-ex left several things behind that she apparently didn't want or care about. Not long after she left, a friend hooked me up with my first computer, and I soon discovered eBay. One of the things she left behind was a pair of authentic Charlie's Angels jeans, complete with the CA logo on the back waistband. They were in good shape, hardly ever worn, so I decided to see what someone would pay. A guy out in California bought them for $60. I was pretty amazed, so I also sold her recordable 8-track rack component...and got about $100 out of that. Beyond those, the one thing I've sold that amazed me just as much was a laserdisc box set of the Fawlty Towers series. Someone in New York gave me $120 for that.
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People who saw the LOTR marathon when ROTK got a free collectible film frame, with a frame from each movie. I put mine up a couple days later and got $160 for it. The buyer had bought up a bunch of others. I can't imagine that was a very good investment.
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Sold a PSX game, Dragonball Z Budokai for $500. Used. Not in great shape either.

Sold a used shower curtain and 2 matching mirrors for $80.

Sold a bunch of Strawberry Shortcake toys I found at an estate sale for a combined $400-500 this spring. Paid $20 or $40 for the whole garbage bag full.

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