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At What Point Do You Bid?


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Old 02-12-2013, 10:06:18 AM
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When I sell I do 3 day auctions.......who wants to monkey around for a WEEK to find out whether or not you are going to get something?
I think you're cutting yourself short with 3 day auctions. Every potential buyer is not on eBay every day. I have missed many items in the past because I didn't see it until the fourth day after it was listed when I happen to be looking at completed items for whatever reason. I have many searches saved and I don't have time to look at every single one every day. Some I may only look at once a week, and if your item falls under that search and the timing is right, I will not even see it. The way I see it as a buyer.

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Always funny to see the snipers come in and lose. All that effort for nothing.
The sniping website I have used for years is free and there is virtually no effort involved. I don't win every time, but it has certainly paid off for me.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:27:41 AM
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I simply stopped looking at EBay a while ago. Mostly because of the snipers.
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Default Re: At What Point Do You Bid??

Both methods have worked for me. Setting a max bid early and checking back later to see if you gotta up it a few dollars seems to work best for me though. And I don't use a sniper program either. No such thing at a real auction.
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No such thing at a real auction.
You never know who is hiding in the bushes.

I place my bid when I find something, and usually just pick a value I can live with and bid that.

There is no right or wrong way to bid. It all boils down to, whatever you are willing to pay.

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snipe can malfunction, or your just outbid. you just got to think it out , shipping , risk of broken parts, "people do not know how to pack and ship" and I'm really explicit in that they will get it back if packed poorly.
I'd just toward the end put in my max bid of what I want to pay , always better to round up too.
best of luck with flee bay
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If you place your HIGHEST bid at any point during the auction then nothing else matters.Your top dollar is your top dollar,period.If you get outbid then you weren't going to win anyway.
Agree 100%. Think hard and honest and put in your highest bid. Highest bidder wins. Doesn't matter when you bid. No rocket science, highest bidder wins.
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Agree 100%. Think hard and honest and put in your highest bid. Highest bidder wins. Doesn't matter when you bid. No rocket science, highest bidder wins.
I have to disagree. When your high bid is just sitting there for the better part of a seven day auction, all your doing is asking people to outbid you. If I place my high bid on an auction and it comes back that I am outbid, I may consider placing a higher bid, thus running up the first bidder. If that first bid was never placed, or it was just a low bid, I would probably stop at my first successful bid. It's the bidder thinking, "one more bid will get it" that will get you outbid almost every time. There's a little psychology involved in successful eBay bidding.
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I just bid on something and I tried to manually snipe it at the last second. I bid $66.79 and it told me to enter a bid that was at least the next minimum bid. At that point I didn't have enough time to put a new bid it. It sold for $66. What a crock of...... eBay is screwing itself out of money there!
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And that is why sniping sometimes doesn't work. You could also have a slow internet connection or slow computer that would screw you up. Of course, maybe the other bid was for $100 anyway? You are complaining that you lost it because of 30 cents and the other guy is bragging because he got it bought for $30 less than his high bid. If you were willing to pay $70, then bid $70 whenever it is convenient for you. If the other bidder only wanted to bid $66 then you have it won. If the other bidder bids $71 then you lost it. You lost it by only $1 but it was still $1 more than you were willing to pay. Just like in real auctions.
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I did bid the maximum I wanted to pay, but its irritating that the other guy won it for less than my bid. It would only make sense to me that his bid would have to be higher than mine.

I'm wondering how much money ebay loses from the minimum bid? Since they are payed by a percentage of the closing price. I can understand a minimum bid at a live auction, but when computers are making the bid I would think it would be in their best interest to let bids be increased by pennies. Of course I'm pretty sure they make plenty of money! What am I missing here?
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