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Jan 27, 2012, 2:31pm Top

Feb 1, 2012, 12:48pm Top

Hmmm... very interesting. You can see how this would happen, though. It would be very cheap marketing for anything that is expected to sell in volume.

I buy a lot of stuff online, a good bit from eBay on deals that seem unbelievable. Bought a little travel case for a new digital camera I received for Christmas. It is a really good quality case; I'm very pleased.

Cost: $2.06, with free shipping

How can they do that?

Feb 2, 2012, 9:22pm Top

2 > How can they do that?

They can't, not indefinitely. I do a lot of eBay. You have to assume that you will take a bath on some items but make it up on others. I wind up selling a lot of things for a buck or two, some things for $10-$20, and a few things for $30-$60. Sometimes I am shocked by what will sell for a lot and what will go for nothing.

Edited: Feb 3, 2012, 3:03pm Top

That's a great article, thanks for pointing it out. And the comments are also informative. Kind of funny people are questioning the commentors who are talking about bad bussiness they have recieved from an amazon seller, or that wedding photographer pointing to his own website. It's a real confidence game! Who's a shill, who's not?

Yelp reviews are always confusing. I've always wondered how many bad reviews are the competition and how many good reviews are the business themselves. For instance, I went to a new burger joint in the east village. It was very good, not the best. Hardly the worst. The Yelp reviews were on either side of the spectrum. Or perhaps people who had a great time, or terrible one, they tend to have the motivation to post more than the mildly enthusiastic. Maybe it's just the nature of resturants and peoples' tastes and expectations. But I think as much as computers can hoist us up, society will find a way to game the system and return us to zero sum.

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