Solid Perfume Forums General Lauder Solids Talk Wacky Prices On Ebay

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  • lmsw1
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    Hello all,
    There was a butterfly I was tracking on ebay because it was pretty… but I couldn't believe what the final price was: over twelve hundred dollars ! For a butterfly ! /laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

    Denise
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    Hi Lmsw1,

    I owned the same Butterfly which I sold on Ebay about 3 years ago, and it also sold for over $1000.00.

    In my opinion, this is one of the most rarest compacts that Estee Lauder ever made. I guess very few were produced.

    Denise[/FONT]

    greyhound
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    Yeah, I would like to have this solid. Add another one to the list I can't afford. <img src='style_emoticons//unsure.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’unsure.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ />

    Karin
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    About wacky prices: I was very surprised to see the Roulette Wheel go for 700+ which is more than I've ever seen the Slot Machine sell for. Strange!

    Karin

    Pamela
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    <img src='style_emoticons//wink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’wink.gif’ /> I've always thought that the Roulette Wheel was a prettier solid than the Slot Machine. Also, you can display it without fear that it is going to turn brown!
    LacySea probably has the nicest pictures and the best prsentations of any seller on eBay, that's why she usually gets good prices for her solids.
    Pamela <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

    Michele
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    I have to agree with Pamela. Denise gets the high prices due to the fact that she sells beautiful solids and her auctions are beautifully done…not just thrown up there. It's a lot of work to do auctions like hers! Buyers don't realize what a good seller puts into her work. And of course, what she sells is equally as lovely as her auctions.

    Personally, I have to give Denise a lot of credit for keeping the solid values high, where we want them. Wouldn't it be terrible if all a good seller got for a solid was $35 to $100 each? Especially the older, prettier ones.

    I would venture to say the Roulette Wheel will eventually go over $1,000 as it is rare and it is really a beauty. Much nicer than the Slot Machine, IMHO.

    Well done on the Butterfly, Denise! <img src='style_emoticons//smile.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’smile.gif’ />

    lmsw – To add insult to injury, I picked up the Ivory Rabbit about 3 weeks ago for $175 as a Buy It Now! Talk about a shocker…I actually felt guilty…for about 3 seconds. <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> And it's absolutely MINT…just needed a good dusting with a q-tip. Shiny, new looking base and perfect bunny. Couldn't be more thrilled than that! Full, too! <img src='style_emoticons//smile.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’smile.gif’ />

    Now is the time to be on the lookout for the sellers who go to auctions and don't know anything about solids. They sell them for some pretty decent prices so do be on the lookout for that “one in a million!” <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ /> It's out there…maybe even “Bob” will turn up again as a “Buy It Now” for $100! He's out there…keep watching! <img src='style_emoticons//ph34r.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ph34r.gif’ />

    Karin
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    Michele,
    Thank you for letting us know that one can make such bargains on eBay!! It gives one hope with the recent “record breakers”. I just know that someone out there will be listing gorgeous solids for 50.00 each Buy It Now some of these days <img src='style_emoticons//biggrin.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’biggrin.gif’ />

    Karin

    Michele
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    Karin –

    This is definitely “auction season,” at least on the East coast. Log on to eBay first thing every morning…you guys overseas have the advantage due to the time difference! <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ /> We peons here in the US have to get up at 3 a.m. and HOPE there's something left for us! <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

    Again, this is THE season so do keep checking…and good luck to all. We'll be racing on the keyboard to beat each other out! <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

    Seriously, I wish you all the best…hope you find the solid of your dreams for a very low price. <img src='style_emoticons//smile.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’smile.gif’ />

    greyhound
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    You guys have the upper hand on me. I'm NOT a morning person. Not to mention, I've been lazy about searching and bidding.

    Anybody notice how cheap the ivory cats are lately? I saw at least half a dozen go below $200 this month and last. Feels like the supply is getting more plentiful. All the big collectors probably have at least one and now lost interest. I got mine 2 years ago for about $195 buy-it-now and thought I got a bargain. Now, bidders can pay around $150 (or less).

    Michele
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    Sorry, greyhound, you can't burst my bubble! <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> The prices were terribly low this past summer…it was getting scary…and yes, you could pick up the Ivory Cats very cheaply due to supply and demand. I still don't get it with the cat scratching himself…gives me the willies…but the other one…he's on my list although he does resemble a sleeping puppy. Oh well…best of both worlds…

    Again, we need more sellers who hold firm to their “reserve” prices (even if they lose money…and they do)…who realize the value of their pieces…and who continue to give good service. That's the only way the solids will hold their value…and continue to go up.

    Now greyhound, if you want to beat out the Europeans, get up early and log on, especially Monday mornings…otherwise, you'll sleep right through the best “Buy It Now's!”

    I've given away some trade secrets here…Sandra's probably setting her clock as I type this… <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

    Sandra
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    Ha – if only!! <img src='style_emoticons//biggrin.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’biggrin.gif’ />

    I have only managed to get ONE 'BIN' cheaply (the rollercoaster).

    I'm always a bit cautious as to how they get there in the first place that cheaply, so I don't always take advantage of them because I'm suspicious . . . . <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’blink.gif’ /> and think they'll soon show up in droves for cheaper . . .

    However, I don't have the time to change my sleeping patterns for any solids . . . . I have most I want now – I'm not greedy, so I can wait until they become DIRT cheap !! <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

    I guess it doesn't help that I am about 11 hours in front of the time on this site anyway . . . .

    greyhound
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    Hahaha Michele. Not trying to burst your bubble.

    I've sold most of my solids at low prices (less than other sellers). Hey, I'm not a business person. I just clear out my collection when I get tired of certain solids. I usually choose the more common or 'ugly' ones. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I start bids low to encourage bidding–less than what I paid. This lowballing rarely works with solids (at least for me). I price the better ones at the absolute least amount I'm willing to take.

    Personally, I don't care about fancy pictures or descriptions or who the seller is per se. Just look for solids I like at affordable prices from people with good established feedback. I don't discriminate (except avoiding 0 feedback sellers). I passed up some darn good deals from these 0 feedback sellers.

    This summer seemed like a bargain basement sale. I should have taken advantage of it. I've been wanting a certain non EL solid for 3 years now. I didn't pay attention to ebay at the time and missed out. It went cheaper than normal and those pesky dealers didn't bid this time (and they weren't the ones selling either). Lost my chance. Shame.

    Denise
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    Pamela and Michele,

    Thanks so much for the kind words…… I get most of my Solids from Neiman Marcus and I would think they would go up in value after a certain amount of time, and it bothers me to see these “warehouse solids” sell for so much less compared to what I paid for them.

    I also have to check Ebay more often to look for those bargains….. I should have grabbed an Ivory Cat, darn! <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ />

    Denise

    Sandra
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    I hear ya, Greyhound – but really – don't despair . . . . I avoid those zero feedback sellers too because I was one of those caught up in the Scam this time last year and was set to lose $200.00 because I one the auction.

    So – don't worry about the bargain basement prices!! They may not be as kosha as you think. Better to be safe than sorry, and blessed rather than ripped off!!

    I am with you on the idea of cheaper price starts encouraging bids – I think it works. Denise does have quality solids that get good bids but it's not every time. She is smart and holds on to them until they regain their value in the market. It's frustrating to all buyers and sellers when they see cheap solids turn up in abundance on Ebay.

    I think we are all getting the smarts here, so pretty soon no-one much should be paying retail (except for the Harrods solids!)

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