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nogbert

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PostSubject: some mario grandi madness here   Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:12 pm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINT-MARIO-GRANDI-MORTA-BOG-OAK-BENT-CALABASH-FREEHAND-Pipe-ORIGINAL-SLEEVE-/360709694386?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53fbf923b2


dont get me wrong, its a nice morta. and Grandi pipes are great.

but ive NEVER seen one be bid up to this level haha
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PostSubject: Re: some mario grandi madness here   Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:32 pm

I agree, that's just ridiculous.
73 bids and 90% of them by a new eBay member.
I've got to admit though, that's a real nice Mario Grande. It looks clean, sleek and is well shaped. A lot of there pipes in my opinion can be a bit clunky looking with little attention to detail. That ones a winner. But, NOT that much of a winner I don't think, it still has 3 days to go for God's sake.
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PostSubject: Re: some mario grandi madness here   Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:34 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
I agree, that's just ridiculous.
73 bids and 90% of them by a new eBay member.
I've got to admit though, that's a real nice Mario Grande.

it IS an exceptionally sharp looking morta. Its a re-listing though. i remember seeing it from the Mario Grandi official ebay store a few months back. i think it sold for ~$100 if im not mistaken

Mario Grandis are hit or miss for me. Im a big sucker for unique shapes, and the carver turns out tons of unique/novel shapes consistently. But i agree that his pipes are usually on the thicker/clunkier side.
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PostSubject: Re: some mario grandi madness here   Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:38 pm

now that you mention it, the bidding history seems very very suspicious.

i would suspect the guy making most of the bids starting lower is in cahoots with the seller in some capacity; bidding to generate interest and raise the price until some sucker falls for it, then they stop bidding.

for many of the bids they were just up bidding by 2 dollars every time, even when there was no bid overtaking their standing
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PostSubject: Re: some mario grandi madness here   Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:51 am

For that kind of money, there are lots of other brands I would much rather own, and wouldn't have any concerns with cosmetic issues.
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PostSubject: Re: some mario grandi madness here   Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:16 am

nogbert wrote:
now that you mention it, the bidding history seems very very suspicious.

i would suspect the guy making most of the bids starting lower is in cahoots with the seller in some capacity; bidding to generate interest and raise the price until some sucker falls for it, then they stop bidding.

for many of the bids they were just up bidding by 2 dollars every time, even when there was no bid overtaking their standing

I don't know the seller but, he seems to do very well on his auctions and sells a lot of high grade pipes and hasn't a need for a shill bidder. Personally I don't think there is a shill involved here, I think it just either someone whom has an axe to grind or maybe even a child that got a hold of mom and dads eBay account. Of course it could be someone or more that just have to have for some reason.
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PostSubject: Re: some mario grandi madness here   Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:37 am

I think this is just a case of morta madness. I've followed auctions on morta pipes quite frequently on eprey and often they not only generate a lot of interest, but sell for much more than retail.

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