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MMD > Archives > May 1999 > 1999.05.29 > 01Prev  Next

eBay and MMD Folk
By Matthew Caulfield

In the 990527 digest Jody was musing on the relationship between eBay
ads mentioned on MMD and MMD bidders, successful and otherwise, saying
that Beatrice Robertson's experience is that she usually knows all the
other bidders on items in her field of interest (which is not, I believe,
Robertson screws).

My experience in following the Wurlitzer offerings on eBay pertaining to
band organs is that the knowledgeable bidders tend to be MMD folk.  When
the bids go sky high in relation to the true value of an item, the winner
is usually not an MMD person.  For example a Wurlitzer APP roll chuck was
recently offered, and the bidding went over $200, almost double the price
of a new one from Mike Kitner or one of the people machining Wurlitzer
roll chucks (which are more or less a one-size-fits-all item).  The high
bidder was unknown to me.  But when specialty items like music rolls for
odd instruments are offered, the bidders are often familiar names, and
the bids are correspondingly in the realm of reality.

The question remains whether mentioning here MMD-related items that
appear on eBay alerts any MMD subscriber to the offer who doesn't already
know about it.  eBay offers a personal shopper service which will notify
you daily of new items that match keywords you select.

Can any MMD'er say whether items of interest to us appear on any other
auction lists besides eBay, which is the only one I follow?

Matthew Caulfield

(Message sent Sun 30 May 1999, 03:08:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  eBay, Folk, MMD

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