eBay lesson time. How to score a bargain. Bit of a risky strategy this one. It involves NOT bidding on an item you want in an effort to score it at a reduced price. Here's how it works...
First up, you find an item on eBay that you want, but at a price you feel is perhaps a shade too optimistic. Next, you watch it, but do not bid. If you are lucky, everyone else who wants it will also think it is priced too high, and the item will end without a bid. At this point you may wish to email the seller and ask about buying it. But if you're confident then you'll wait for them to relist it and then you'll go through the same process again of watching the item at the high price and not bidding. Then you email the seller and (this is the key) tell them you have seen it end twice with no bids, and you then make an offer for the price you feel is reasonable. Having listed it twice without success, any seller with half a brain will realise that they priced it too high. But before the get a change to relist for a lower price that may encourage several people to bid, you storm on in & scoop it. Simple.
I've successfully applied this tactic a few times in the past. Here's the fruits of my latest attempt - a test press of the Headfirst LP 'The Enemy'. This was listed on eBay twice for $39.99. I paid a little less.
Since some readers may not know the record in question, I dug out my white vinyl copy mainly to show the sleeve.
This band was active circa 1990 and had both a 7" and an LP on Dan O'Mahoney's label Workshed Records. The 7", from what I can tell, was quite highly regarded at the time, whereas the LP represented a change of sound and was seen by many as a metal record, or a rock record. Not really hardcore. Although despite this change of sound, it's quite a good record when you get into it. This band also featured Kevin Murphy, who also went on to play in 411 and, later, Farside. If you like any of these bands then you should give Headfirst a go.