Rusty Scrubber wrote:
Commenting on a sale that is not ones personal transaction is pretty rude in my book.
Maybe we should plull all of the flies out of the spiders webs too as we tread our paths of interference?
The value of anything is a personal one. Who are we to question the valuations of others, unless invited to do so?
In fairness to the auction that spawned all this, the seller did out his own auction in a discussion forum. You take the rough with the smooth when you do that. And, as others have said, there's plenty of discussions of ebay pricing of auctions. In my opinion, this example has become a bit sensitive for two reasons: 1) the seller is a member here 2) the starting bid seems so unrealistic to many. Now nobody is trying to suggest that people don't have a right to advertise for whatever price they see fit - I just think it's likely expecting too much that people won't pass comment, when so many ebay auctions are already discussed, and if you court discussion by outing the auction yourself.
If it was about a particular listing, then it doesn't help that it wasn't mentioned in the original post, though not sure it would change my own opinion (that's all it is) on whether it's rude to comment or not.
There has to be an element of common sense in these things, though at the same time we must respect that one mans enterprising auction is another mans predicament, that ought to be left alone without interference.
* That was what I meant by the web and the fly.#
By interfering, the fly lives on, but the spider dies. Should it not be for the spider to spin it's web and for the fly to look out for itself?
How do we draw a line between what is reasonable, or unreasonable in relation to a sale?
If a guy sells at a price too high, we feel for the buyer, yet what of the sellers needs, especially if the price is too low?
Do we warn the seller in the same manner as we would the buyer?
Commenting on a sale, and so influencing others, is pretty much altering the natural outcome of an event is it not?