was on ebay today trying to find a used Saddle- the same type i already have. jeez, people want a lot more than i feel these saddles are worth. even saddles with significant damage were priced high. checked equine.com also. same kind of thing..oh well..
Not just saddles... I think the prices people want for a lot of used tack are insane.
I belong to several tack sale groups on Facebook... people want $10-15 for a really used looking, dirty, stained saddle pad. $15-25 for no-name used bits. $10 and up for used, faded nylon halters. I can get NEW of these items for a few dollars more or sometimes for less...
I haven't been looking for saddles but I have noticed that eBay is slim pickings on lots of used items from show clothes to tack. I think the fees etc. just make it not worth a sellers time to list the cheap stuff.
You may be better off to look for some 4H used tack sales in your area.
I don't always feel up to arguing with your ignorance
yes it has gotten crazy. i do look at Bits and barter, but they don't have much that is current. i was using Ebay to find a certain brand saddle and style, but prices are crazy. it's true that ebay charges a lot now days.
I used to do the same. I found some very nice high end saddles for short $$. Don't see them so much anymore.
I think that the eBay system now favors buyers so much that sellers are wary. That, more than the fees has me less willing to list tack there. It's not worth the hassle.
My best score was a Verhan for $400. Dark, basically unusable pictures, but she had the serial number and Ebay has good buyer protection if she misrepresented the "good condition." Sold it for $1200. The buyer thought she was getting a bargain, I was happy I was tripling my money, all good!
That was my best deal, but I've made a significant amount flipping saddles. Bought my trailer that way!
I think you're right...it's the outrageous fees driving people away with the cheap stuff...only worth it if you can make enough extra to pay the fees without destroying your profit.
The only place I'm finding cheap used anything is at swap meets, usually done at a local tack shop or barn. Prices online are high, and often the item is already sold but not taken off the list. Frustrating.