Test & Measurement / Market / News / Beware of eBay pricing for test plugs & test leads - lots of thieves out there« Last post by Kiriakos GR on February 21, 2017, 09:38:37 AM »
Nowadays there is no more any small sellers from Asia, about 80% of products of any color and any shape, sale pricing this is controlled by huge logistics companies them having one number of at least 15 E-bay stores registered with different names.
E-bay it self accepts the fact that a single logistics company ( front man) he can legally own up to seven stores with different names.
Speaking of products I will use as example one basic insulated banana (shrouded version).
a) In packages of 100 pcs this is priced for 0,15 $ its one (factory price).
b) In packages of 1000 pcs this is priced for 0,7 $ its one (factory price).
Nowadays there is no source ( E-bay store ) selling them less than 1,20$ for small quantity 2~5 pcs, and for larger quantity (20+) price never drops below 0,90$ its one.
No matter how hard you will search eBay, pricing of those goods will be similar.
Additionally E-bay this is now an organization, with marketing tools, this translate that any major seller by paying advertising fee, he gets extreme visibility.
If you type keywords as : 4mm banana plug ( E-bay search) you will get 20,000 results.
Additionally if you are using several E-bay localized channels ( Ebay.UK, Ebay.DE, Ebay.IE ) you will again discover that search results those are further controlled, and that there is a huge manipulation.
With a such distorted and manipulated Market Place, nowadays it might worth to search and find of what you need in local stores ( in your area).
Nowadays I am using E-bay with tremendously caution, I will shop only for unpopular goods that local shops do not have in stock, and even so I will spent over two hours about finding what I need at lowest price, by looking in 2000 search results so to discover if there is any E-bay store this not be aggressively controlled by those New logistics companies lobby.
Last day I did succeed to get 10 PCS banana plugs for 0,90 EUR its one, and because of that I feel like be a hero.