I’ve joined the ranks of those who have at least listed an item on eBay. In this case, it’s the Sony headphones that I want to sell in order to get money for a snazzier pair. These are brand new and in the original packaging.
I may have set the minimum bid a bit high, but you can’t set a reserve price under Â£50 and I’m really not willing to sell these for less than Â£15 after spending almost Â£25 on them. In any case, we will see how this experiment in commerce goes.
[Update: 21 June 2006] With exactly 12 seconds left in the auction, someone placed a bid. Looks like I am offloading these headphones for Â£15 plus the cost of shipping.
The economics of it all:
Price initially paid on Amazon: Â£25.66 C$53.01
Payment received from eBay: Â£15.00 C$30.99
Shipping fee from eBay: Â£2.00 C$4.13
eBay listing fee: Â£1.29 C$2.68
PayPal currency fee: Â£0.86 C$1.77
Cost of packaging: Â£0.49 C$1.01
Cost of shipping: Â£0.68 C$1.40
Net eBay income: Â£13.68 C$28.26
Amazon cost – eBay income: -Â£11.98 -C$24.75
In the end, choosing to buy these headphones cost me about twenty-five bucks for three months’ usage. Let’s hope the ones I choose to replace them with last much longer.