||10-30-2011 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by CoopFilm
I've always been baffled at the prices people go up to on ebay. Just a few months back, I sold a DVD on there for $20, and at the same time, amazon had it for $7.99.
Ahhhh, one of the luxuries of living in the U.S. CoopFilm
. International buyers are often at a serious disadvantage when purchasing off Amazon.COM, which quite often carries product not available at 2 to 4 times list price on their native Amazon sites. Excessive shipping cost is one factor (no free shipping Internationally regardless of $$$ spent), plus an automatic import levy, plus fulfillment restrictions on some items (my attempt to purchase the Magic
Blu-ray was blocked), and now apparently no discounts for combined shopping cart items.
Normally I purchase my Criterion Blu-rays off Amazon.CA, but made an exception this week because of the current Criterion sale on *.COM. This order included Kuroneko
and Dazed and Confused
(both around 40% off the *.CA list price), and Identification of a Woman
(currently flagged on *.CA with a 1 to 3 month wait, which usually means they won't be getting it at all), plus a couple of non-Criterion 50% markdowns. Total item cost for the 3 Criterions + 2 other Blu's was $95.95 (yay!) + undiscounted shipping & handling of $39.90 (yikes!) + an Import Fee deposit of $4.80 (shrug!). In total, I still bested the cost of the same items on *.CA, but not by a whole heckuva lot. I just plugged my nose and clicked Submit anyway, concerned about getting stuck in the *.CA queue for Identification of a Woman
, and never actually receiving it (as happened with the Crack in the World
Blu, which still
isn't available from *.CA after nearly 2 months, and that was a pre-order)!
So I suspect many of those bidders on eBay and elsewhere who you might think have lost their minds over price, are merely working within their restricted purchase options for some of those products.