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JimmyB

JimmyB

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When bidding, choose an unlikely price maybe just on your limit instead of £5:00 try £5:12, however wait until about 15 seconds before the auction closes before confirming your bid. I understand this is called "sniping" but is totally legal, so it is really important to know what your real maximum is, and bid that "odd" figure then.
 
PhilP

PhilP

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If I *really* fancy something, then I tend to try to be about to 'snipe', as Jimmy has alluded to..
Otherwise, I tend to place one bid, and then forget about it.. Occasionally, I win, and that is a pleasant surprise..

I am finding the 'automatic' eBay-applied 'make offer' option can be very useful for small items..
I just got a 009 dismal.. It was starting bid ten-pounds, with £2.95 postage.. I adjusted my 'offer' figure to make the TOTAL £10.00 when the carriage was added.. The listing was immediately ended by the Seller who accepted my offer. I was happy with that. :)
 
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Michael

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For auctions, I always snipe and use the free service offered by gixen.com for this.

For example, let's assume you see something you want to buy and think £40 is a reasonible price. Let's assume someone else thinks £30 is a good price, has bid £30 and becomes the high bidder at £1. If you bid £5, they become the high bidder at £5.50. You bid £10, they become the high bidder at £10.50, etc. until you bid over £30. Then you become the high bidder at £31.00. However the other bidder now might think it's worth more so he bids again and it goes up and up until one of you stop, say £40.

Now assume instead you have a last few seconds snipe bid at £40. You beat his £30 but they don't have the time to submit another bid so you get it for £31.00.

That's why I always snipe.

Regarding private listings, the only reason for a seller setting their listings as private is that they have something to hide so I will never bid on items from such a seller.

Michael
 
voodoopenguin

voodoopenguin

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Regarding private listings, the only reason for a seller setting their listings as private is that they have something to hide so I will never bid on items from such a seller.
The OP said bidder's identity and that is always private except to the seller. Look at completed auctions and you will not see full details of the winner.

I agree that there are some sellers that restrict and I too am wary of them.

Paul
 
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Michael

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The OP said bidder's identity and that is always private except to the seller. Look at completed auctions and you will not see full details of the winner.

I agree that there are some sellers that restrict and I too am wary of them.

Paul
Thanks Paul, that part of my reply wasn't clear. I was referring to Sarah's comment,

"Each time I seem to be beaten by just a few pence and when I check the bidding history it always says, "private listing - bidder identity protected". "

Yes, you never know the identity of the bidder but here you don't even see their reduced identity, i.e. f***g (247). So you can't identify the shill bidding.

Michael