Ebay week continues with more Astra Militarum models for sale up on ebay. Granted, there’s not all that much change in auctions since I originally listed them on Sunday (except I dropped the price of the “At Ease” Cadians, and removed a duplicate auction of a Female Inquisitor (thanks to the person who informed me of my mistake).
What I can offer today is a little insight to you bloggers of some of the lesser known auctions.
As you may or may not be aware, EBay’s seller dashboard provides some fairly detailed information to us about how many people have viewed and are watching auctions (presumably to stop us from worrying and/or cancelling bids before they end). In my experience, those with fewer watchers, tend not to go as high by the end, so I figured I’d let you know about the auctions that just don’t seem to have a lot of interest. That way, you can get the best deals possible.
As of right now, the following auctions have only 3 watchers:
- Imperial Commissar
- Col. Iron Hand Straken (metal)
- Cadian Snipers (new in blister)
- IG Tank Commanders
By far, the most interesting of these auctions is the one for Straken, as he’s metal (so, in my opinion, worth more than the GW equivalent), normally a direct-only model (so no discount from local/web retailers), a nightmare on the battlefield (he still gives me nightmares since the first time I faced him on the tabletop and he demolished my best assault troops in hand to hand) and only going for a measly $0.16 at the moment. That’s an absolute steal. I know I’d considered keeping him, but I worked up a pretty nifty Cadian conversion so he more closely matches my Ultramar PDF models.
He’s not the best deal that’s available at the moment in terms of raw value vs. price. There are a bunch of tanks that have never been painted going for far too low, like this Basilisk for $2.25, this Leman Russ for $1.50, or this Russ for only $1.25! Considering all of those tanks go for about $50 retail, those are pretty screaming deals–but I’m not so worried about them going too cheaply, as they all have between 10-18 watchers already.
This isn’t to discourage you from bidding on them, as the number of watchers doesn’t have any direct correlation to final auction price, but there are enough people looking that I expect to see some jump in price before they end on Sunday.
Anywho, hopefully that shines a little light into some behind the scenes Ebay workings for those of you who don’t sell. If anyone has any questions about ebay, please let me know–I’d be happy to answer any of them.