Ebay Shopping Spree Vol. 2

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Several weeks ago I had fun giving myself an imaginary Ebay Shopping Spree. I gave myself 100 imaginary dollars to spend but I also had a few rules to follow. I can’t buy from my usual toy lines; no Dino Riders, Star Wars, Computer Warriors, or Ninja Turtles. The second rule is I have to use Buy It Now, and that’s simply for the instant gratification. It means paying more than the item should go for in most cases BUT this is free money so it’s all good! Last time I picked Army Ants, Food Fighters Mean Weener, a Captain Crunch figure, and Nightfighter Robocop. I had $5.12 left over to add to my newest imaginary 100 dollar bill! What should I get this time?

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Fruity Marshmallow Krispies! This is perhaps my favorite cereal of all time. I can still taste this stuff and it’s been years since you could buy it. Here’s an empty box but it’s available for chump change as far as some cereal boxes go. It’s definitely the first thing I’ll pick up on my imaginary shopping spree.

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I love Happy Meal toys and McNugget Buddies top my list but I had completely forgotten about the Fry Guys. I like this just as much as the McNugget Buddies and I know I still have one or two stashed away somewhere but for right around $6 I can get four more that I know I don’t have. The more I think about it the more I believe I may like these even more than the McNuggets. They’re definitely getting added to the shopping cart.

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Topps movie cards were a big deal in the 80’s. Gremlins, Star Wars, and of course Dick Tracy! These are obviously not very popular but I really liked the movie and I dig movie trading cards. A little over 12 bucks for a whole box of Dick Tracy cards is a win in my book!

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Playmates might have done the Simpsons toys best but when I was really into the show it was Mattel who made the toys and back then it was all about Bart. I had several Simpsons toys in those days but I never had the Really Rude Bart Doll so why not get it now? This is from Bart’s glory days before Homer became the star and everybody was wearing Bart Simpson shirts.

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Most people don’t think of Hardee’s when talking about fast food pop culture tie-ins outside of the California Raisins but they used to dip their hands in some pretty cool stuff. They had Days of Thunder cars, Smurfs glasses, stuffed toys from Mickey’s Christmas Carol and some really inspired Ghostbusters kid’s meals. The box the meals came in were made of thin plastic and shaped like Slimer, and the Ecto-1 and other well known things from the Ghostbusters films. I like this simple poster for the fact that it brings together that old Hardee’s logo and the Ghostbusters 2 logo, bringing back all the memories of that older version of Hardee’s.

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Land Before Time was such a great movie and it felt like a pretty big deal when it came out. Oddly enough there weren’t alot of toys tied into the movie. The only ones I knew of that came out for the first movie were the rubber puppets from Pizza Hut. I had all of them except the main star of the movie, Little Foot. Ebay makes that an easy fix and for just under $10 and free shipping I can finally add the little leader to my gang of friendly dinosaurs and it gives Sharptooth a new potential meal.

If my math is correct then I think that brings my fresh, imaginary $100 down to $1.54 so that can officially conclude my second make-believe Ebay shopping spree. Want to check out the first one and see what I got that time too?

Ebay Shopping Spree Volume 1

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Ebay Shopping Spree Vol. 2

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    June 16, 2015 at 9:13 am
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    Good stuff, an enjoyable premise here for sure. Too bad that international shipping (I’m in Australia) costs and hideous exchange rates, would blow something like this into a $200 dollar affair for me : )

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      June 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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      That’s horrible. Maybe the next one of these I do should be from non-US Ebay auctions.

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        June 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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        When the aussie dollar is stronger it’s not too bad, and it really, really helps when eBay vendors are willing to ship via First Class Mail. That ‘Global Shipping Program’ eBay has people signing up to is a hideous service.

        Goods get banged-up because of all the extra handlers involved, it’s generally no faster than First Class – and it costs more, sometimes considerably more.

        Most vendors/sellers will happily offer First Class, but so often it’s something you’ve been trying to find for ages that you come across a vendor that thinks requesting First Class means you’re a scammer, sigh…

        There’s so much cool stuff (like the stuff you’ve chosen) that I’d love to spend my cash on, but I’m generally forced to find one vendor that can satisfy my need for variety so I can benefit from combined shipping costs.

        But yeah, on average everything costs about triple compared to stateside buyers.

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          June 17, 2015 at 6:31 am
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          I’ve used the Global Shipping Program before and I had no idea it wasn’t good for the buyer. It makes it so much easier for the seller and Ebay promotes it as this great program. I should have known it couldn’t be perfect.

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            June 17, 2015 at 10:59 am
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            Yeah, I understand that for US based sellers it’s a matter of sending the package to their Kentucky dispatch center, there might be others too? and that’s pretty much it.

            Having said that though, other than filling out an international shipping form, international shipping isn’t exactly rocket science, right? no offence intended.

            The problem with the program is that they will often poorly re-package goods to make them lighter (cheaper to ship) and then send the package around the country before it finally gets to FEDEX in Australia, and then Australia Post for final delivery.

            Normally (with first class) it’s about two stops in the US and then straight on to Australia Post, usually about 10-14 days. Priority Mail via the GSP is usually 12-16 days… yet it costs more.

            As you can imagine, the package takes a bigger beating and speaking from experience, my first ever eBay claims (in over 7yrs of shopping) regarding damaged goods were with the Global shipping program.

            And it was the seller that took the loss on both occasions… not cool for him, and not cool for me. I just wanted what I bought; not a refund with damaged goods.

            Prices aside they seem to be getting better as time goes on eg, not poorly re-packaging goods, but goods still take a worse beating than USPS, and mind you, I’ve honestly never had a problem with USPS… believe it not.

            Anyway, if an international buyer asks you for first class – it’s probably me : )

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    June 17, 2015 at 11:02 am
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    that sounds like a nightmare

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      June 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm
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      It’s unfortunate because both buyers and sellers are missing out, and it’s not just me, Australian toy forums are full of people expressing their dissatisfaction with eBay Global Shipping Program.

      These days I keep track of eBay vendors that I know offer either USPS shipping, or have signed up to eBay’s GSP but will still offer USPS when asked. And sometimes… I just have to take the bullet for my collection XD

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