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Thread: Bargains on ebay? (Part 2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    People still buying stuff on bay. Laptops are popular. I was after another good one but got beat several times, so folk are still spending.
    True. Lots of folks are online at home, away from their boss's gaze. Plus there are stories that taxi drivers have switched to parcel delivery and so the distribution network continues regardless.

    Mind you, I'm getting a lot more private messages from sellers discounting Buy It Now prices on music so volume must be down.

    Annoyingly, I recently bought a CD from Japan that has become subject to customs duty and it's got stuck in the Royal Mail - the online pay process isn't working and the physical depot is shut. The note that came through my letterbox says it'll be returned to the sender within 21 days if customs duty isn't paid! I found myself sending a Google translated Japanese message to the seller asking him to watch out if it gets returned to him.

    Still, compared to what many folks are experiencing in terms of health, money and quality of life right now, such issues are mere trivia. Good luck and God speed to the recovery.

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    Sadly some may have to sell there cherished audio items soon as income starts to rapidly run out for folk ( unemployment etc )
    Could be a buyers market for those unaffected by the crisis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapid View Post
    Sadly some may have to sell there cherished audio items soon as income starts to rapidly run out for folk ( unemployment etc )
    Could be a buyers market for those unaffected by the crisis.
    Yes, I think we're only just beginning to perceive the long-term economic effects. I don't think anyone will be unaffected, though, it will be a matter of degree. For example, a high earner with equity or property investments will inevitably see their tax rate go up and the value of their investments go down. Still, that'd be a nicer problem to have than being a low earner whose employer is about to go bust. I fear for all of us since, as with any depression, this will dominate the next decade or more.

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    I'm not so sure about the economic depression argument. I'd suggest that 90% of people with spending power are all still employed and working from home, or still going to work as they are in essential occupations. But they can't spend their money on any non-essential items right now.

    Consequently, when this is over there will be a lot of saved-up money and a lot of pent up demand for non-essential goods and services will be released. A lot of hand-to-mouth businesses like pubs, restaurants and so forth will go to the wall in the interim. But post C-19 they will be replaced by new ones quite quickly, and this will soak up most of those who have been rendered unemployed at the moment.

    maybe that is overly-optimistic, but seems to me that spreading doom and gloom helps no-one and can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    maybe that is overly-optimistic, but seems to me that spreading doom and gloom helps no-one and can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    That's the spirit! I agree 100%
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