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They are probably willing to pick up an extra sale even if it is at a lower price. Of course, it might not be an extra sale as the buyer might have done Amazon if the Ebay was not available. I had a similar experience recently when I bought some photo software on Ebay for the best price I could find. When it arrived, it was a "Costco" version, that was higher on their site. I don't totally get it either, but this person did get the sale, and it works properly.
"The mountains are calling, and I must go." John Muir
That happened to me once too. I chalked it up to someone who played the spread. I didn't go to Amazon to check the price, but figured it would have been less than I paid, so didn't want the confirmation of my shopping failure, hehe!
Could it be they overload their eBay items beyond their stock on occasion, and drop ship from Amazon to keep customers happy? Could it be they are testing a market, and source wholesale only after the market is proven?
If it was a small-time operator, I could see someone that got an Amazon gift card wanting something they don't sell on Amazon, and so converting the gift card to cash without the sometimes deep discounts of the gift card trading sites. Nah, thats too much trouble for a few bucks.
I'd be interested in better explanations than what I have come-up with.
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