Hello everybody. I hope you have had a Happy Christmas and I wish you all an exciting New Ebay Year. I don’t know about you, but eBay masterspy had a very good Christmas. It is fair to say that he had enough alcohol to stun a fully grown bull elephant and enough food to fatten up a prize pig for market.
Anyway, enough of my over indulgency. What happened on eBay during December?
In my last report I discussed the over optimistic (or stubbornly inappropriate?) starting prices some dealers were looking for. One of the pieces I mentioned was an 8″ temple jar in PERSIAN 2884 with a chipped lid being offered for £399 by a Scottish dealer. It was offered again in December at a more realistic and appropriate £99.99 starting price. It was viewed by 91 eBayers and attracted just one bid, selling therefore at the opening price.
Also offered for sale again at lower prices were the Carp 2437 trumpet vase (was £499, now £399) and one of the Crested Bird & Waterlily vases (was £350, now £295). Neither of these has sold as yet. Obviously, they still have too high starting prices.
As for some of the top pots of the month, these interested me………
A rare Metropolis 3420 tea caddy complete with lid was sold by catstealer a seller from Yorkshire for £311.00 (starting price £0.99).
A small but very pretty Iceland Poppy 3507 covered vase in the unusual matt green colourway was offered by delnjane from West Sussex (starting price £19.99) which sold for a creditable £312.00 having been watched almost coincidentally by 311 ebayers.
A stunning and almost mint Rainbow Fan 3700 complete lidded inkwell was auctioned by dealsanmore a UK seller (starting price £9.99). This was obviously going to be hard fought over and ended up at £700.00. The Glenmorangie of CW (had a dram or two of that this week readers) – Deco period CW at its very best.
A bargain buy was made by an English bidder when winning a part coffee set in Egyptian Fan 3696 against little opposition. Were we all asleep, readers? The seller was the oddly named mepgssp (did the digit accidentally twitch on the keypad perhaps readers?) a dealer from Reading in the UK for the very cheap price of £430.21 (starting price £399).
Sad tale of the month was undoubtedly the double listing of a beautiful 10″ bowl in CHINALAND 2948 on the orange ground. Originally it sold for a massive £1047.00 after a five way international fight (starting price £295). The buyer found a very slight hairline crack and returned the purchase. The seller, miller9222 from Huddersfield in Yorkshire, relisted the bowl disclosing the newly found hairline crack. After another 5 way international punch up it was sold to an Australian buyer for £298.99 (starting price £99). What a pity, readers.
The main trouble with December on eBay is that understandably it drops off towards Christmas and doesn’t really get going again till mid January. I feel like a Junkie on cold turkey (had a fair bit of that too by the way, I might add) at this time of year without my full strength eBay fix. Come on sellers, get it going again!
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Best wishes for 2011 to you all.