Monday, March 18, 2013

Caveat emptor

This is a eBay ad for a Westward Ho Rodeo Pattern tea pot made by True West, the company licensed to reproduce the Westward Ho dinnerware made by the now-defunct Wallace China Co.
The seller has a “buy-it-now” price of $109 but indicated he/she will sell it for the best offer if nobody ponies up $109.
But if you go to the True West website you will find you can buy a brand new example of this tea pot for a mere $67. Sixty-seven dollars!
So why in the world would anyone pay more for this presumably used tea pot?
I made an offer of $40, saying I can buy this item any day of the week from True West for $67. My offer, predictably, was declined.
Later: The auction ended with bidding below the seller's reserve. No sale. Lucky bidders.

1 comment:

Rich said...

So make another offer for $35.