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DarthMushy
05-22-2002, 10:41 PM
This is quite interesting...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1732783316

It seems as though someone bought a red clonetrooper, opened it, painted the red to yellow, sealed it back up, is selling it MOC, and it's going for almost $80.

Is it just me, or is that price insane?

Freedom
05-22-2002, 10:46 PM
What idiots are bidding on that?

Beast
05-22-2002, 10:47 PM
People either arn't reading the text of the auction, cause if they are bidding just by the picture and the name of the auction, they are getting royally screwed. Of course, if the suckers are paying that much money, knowing that it's a simple custom, maybe I should run to Wal-Mart and buy 10 or so CloneTroopers myself. J/k, this is a huge rip off, and he should have put in the auction header that it was a "custom figure". :crazed:
MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Fulit
05-22-2002, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by DarthMushy


Is it just me, or is that price insane?

It's not just you. This is as funny as these fools running around trying to charge 20 bucks for a Bespin Luke.

DarthMushy
05-22-2002, 10:48 PM
If I didn't have any morals, I'd be heading to Wal-Mart right now for a cart full of Clone Troopers and a bottle of yellow paint...

But fortunately I do.

Wonderboy
05-22-2002, 10:53 PM
Only on ebay...

Lord Tenebrous
05-22-2002, 10:57 PM
He's inflating his bids to screw one clueless person... :(


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DarthMushy
05-22-2002, 10:58 PM
Now that just makes me mad...

Wonderboy
05-23-2002, 12:56 AM
We should all email icegal1...teach that punk a lesson.
I'm half tempted to make a throw away ebay account and bid on that item so she doesnt win, and he gets screwed...bastage.

browndroid
05-23-2002, 01:06 AM
man, what morons, why dont they just paint one yellow? AH, someone is gonna get so screwed

sunblind
05-23-2002, 07:25 AM
idiot! as c3po would say.

Forhekset
05-23-2002, 09:29 AM
If you really want to thwart his nefarious scheme, just make a fake eBay account and outbid the other person, then be a deadbeat when it's time to pay :happy:

overlord1138
05-23-2002, 09:36 AM
You're assuming Icegal1 doesn't know it's a custom job. All you have to do is read the description to know it is. If one of you is going to make a fake account and place a bid, you're just hurting someone who really wants the figure. Personally I'd just wait for a Hasbro yellow figure to come out, which they are sure to make.

jedi master sal
05-23-2002, 09:41 AM
I'm not trying to defend this guy, but if you read the text, he clearly states that he took him out of the package and repainted the red parts with yellow. He thereby does not give the indication that this is an original Hasbro figure but a custom he has done.

Still you'd be an idiot to pay money for this when you can accomplish for yourself for much cheaper.

evenflow
05-23-2002, 10:10 AM
He should have stated it was a custom in the title.

Forhekset
05-23-2002, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by overlord1138
You're assuming Icegal1 doesn't know it's a custom job. All you have to do is read the description to know it is. If one of you is going to make a fake account and place a bid, you're just hurting someone who really wants the figure. Personally I'd just wait for a Hasbro yellow figure to come out, which they are sure to make.

I'd personally never create a fake eBay account and screw around with peoples' auctions. It's really none of my business if someone wants to pay way too much for something - after all, value is subjective. I just thought I'd mention the idea as I've seen it discussed at "that other collecting site" as a way to foil the plans of people who put up fake vintage figures and whatnot.

I also didn't bother to read the details on the auction before I posted, either.

IcebergSlim
05-23-2002, 10:34 AM
The problem isn't that he made that figure, it's the fact that prices are getting so high because of self-bidding. Whenever you see an obscene dollar amount, 9 times out of 10 it's due to self-bidding.

eliwankenobi
05-23-2002, 01:23 PM
A fool and his $$ are easily parted...

fourtwo
05-23-2002, 04:05 PM
i can't believe this is really happening.....

wedgeA
05-23-2002, 04:12 PM
Interesting,

The user "darthmaulliveshockey" who seems to be inflating the bid price is not the same as the seller "thundercat999". Check the user feedback, they have done business with each other before. It may be that darthmaul may be bidding in small increments, so it takes awhile to be the top bidder, or it could be some kind of conspiracy. I just don't believe with certainty that this is a scam. Either way, this is a foolish thing to dump money on. Icegal1 should do her homework, if I saw such a bidding pattern, I would stay away, scam or not.

LTBasker
05-23-2002, 04:16 PM
Actually, it's the perfect way for a scam;
Use another ID to bid on your own auction hence raising the price, if someone bids on the high price, they win, if no one bids on the high price, they win anyways but can say that merchandise was "exchanged" between the two IDs and leave positive feedback therefore tricking others into thinking they are to be trusted.

eliwankenobi
05-23-2002, 05:05 PM
That's a nice way to get suspended from eBay. But then, that could be a good way to get rid of another hack scalper.

DarthMushy
05-23-2002, 05:40 PM
Looks like somebody else has the high bid now... looks like one of those 'throw away' Ebay accounts hehe.

Mace Windex
05-23-2002, 07:17 PM
The guy looks to be telling the truth to me. The only questionable thing I see is the MOC caption. If it was MOC then it would be unopened.
Where can I buy paint to make some of these!?!?!?!
If people are THAT hard up for a yellow CLONE....

Kuzu
05-23-2002, 09:44 PM
YELLOW!!!!! forget the new $5.00,one comming in a mounth i want a $220.99 right now see you later!!




























































I'm kidding for thoes who don't get it.:crazed: :crazed: :p

René_Pronounced_Eh
05-24-2002, 09:40 AM
Just some quick info for those who think it is a good idea to start a phony eBay account and outbid the person, then not pay.

By entering any bidding agreement, the second you confirm your username & password you are digitally signing (which is recognized by the US Judicial System) an agreement, which is legally binding, that you agree to pay the amount you have specified.

I have no problem with what this guy is doing at all. He is clearly placing accurate and honest information in regards to how the figure is Yellow, and he is not being misleading at the least. I will quote him from his obscenely large text item description:

"This is a "Brand New" Clone Trooper, that I have very carefully removed from the package and with great detail added the color yellow, and very carefully replaced the figure and resealed the card. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!"

- End Quote

So, he is being forward. Anybody who is willing to pay the astonishing amount of money for that charater is on their own. I on the other hand would simply go buy one from Toys-R-Us using my $1 off coupon, get a small bottle of yellow model paint, and do it myself for under $7.

Also, his auction is completely within rules and guidelines of eBay policies.

Darth Havoc
05-24-2002, 09:45 AM
I think the best thing anyone could do would be email the bidders and let them know its a custom, then if they keeps bidding, thats entirely up to them :)

I noticed there seems to be quite a lack of Star wars customs on ebay right now. Anyone know if ebay are halting custom Star wars auctions?
That could be why the word 'custom' isnt in the title.

René_Pronounced_Eh
05-24-2002, 09:56 AM
Darth Havoc,

No, eBay has not policy on "custom" SW items. If it were a bootleg that was illegally made and sold as the real deal, that would be a different story altogether.

The seller is plainly offering the item with a full and honest, detailed description of the item without being misleading. He is fully within the guide lines of eBay policy. Now if he didn't say that he personally altered it, and say listed it as "holy misprint! this isthe only one in the world!" - then there would be a problem.

Also pay caution to not emailing the high bidder. If you make a suggestion to them that would result in the bidder retracting the bid, and they tell the seller "Joe from MI emailed me and said 'blah blah blah' so I cancelled my bid" - you have just opened yourself up to a libal suit.

Remember, this is the same world that a worthless bimbo can get a brand new $32,000 SUV because she thought the contest was for a TOYOTA, not a TOY YODA.

Darth Havoc
05-24-2002, 10:13 AM
Okay. I remember a while ago Ebay was stopping auctions for custom Simpsons because of complaints from Playmates toys. I wondered if maybe Hasbro had complained to ebay about custom Star wars after all this time ;)

scruffziller
06-09-2002, 04:54 PM
Well at least he is being honest about it being a custom, but then again the sleaze who would be buying it will probably try to sell it as the real thing and won't say anything about it.

Jason B
06-09-2002, 05:01 PM
all i can do is laugh at their stupidity. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1735633571)

BTW, that is a second item, he did it to two.

scruffziller
06-09-2002, 06:20 PM
Originally posted by René_Pronounced_Eh
Darth Havoc,

No, eBay has not policy on "custom" SW items. If it were a bootleg that was illegally made and sold as the real deal, that would be a different story altogether.

The seller is plainly offering the item with a full and honest, detailed description of the item without being misleading. He is fully within the guide lines of eBay policy. Now if he didn't say that he personally altered it, and say listed it as "holy misprint! this isthe only one in the world!" - then there would be a problem.

Also pay caution to not emailing the high bidder. If you make a suggestion to them that would result in the bidder retracting the bid, and they tell the seller "Joe from MI emailed me and said 'blah blah blah' so I cancelled my bid" - you have just opened yourself up to a libal suit.

Remember, this is the same world that a worthless bimbo can get a brand new $32,000 SUV because she thought the contest was for a TOYOTA, not a TOY YODA.
Yea Check it out!!:D