Ebay Bidding Wars/Techniques?
Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:46 PM
I just wanted to ask and see what everybody used for Ebay auctions. Is there a website you use to win bids at last second? I rarely used Ebay, but my dad wanted to buy a camera and was asking if there is a good website that the younger guys/girls use. He's lost about 4 times now at the last minute and was complaining about it.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:22 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:16 PM
There may be bots you can buy or websites you can sign up for to do it for you but I don't know if those are actually acceptable under eBay's rules.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:15 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:49 PM
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:35 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:14 PM
Bid higher, you old coot!
This. Ultimately, it's not going to matter if you bid with .0000001 seconds left if an earlier bidder has a higher maximum. If he's upset about losing 4 times, then he's not offering the market value for the item. Increase how much you're willing to pay or look for a lesser camera.
The only other "tricks" would be trying to find items that end at odd times when people might be at work or whatever. But that still doesn't guarantee anything and the same thing could happen.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:38 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:59 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:07 AM
This is what it's all about. There is no trick to Ebay. Bid the maximum amount you are willing to pay. If you end up disappointed about the outcome, whether you "win" or "lose," then you screwed up. If you need help, just look at completed auctions for the product if there are some.
If he's upset about losing 4 times, then he's not offering the market value for the item.
The funniest thing about Ebay is that some people believe that bid sniping does anything at all. In fact, Ebay already "bid snipes" for you.
This does absolutely nothing and you are wasting your time. You bid your max and it's automatically taken care of. If you "lose" an auction that you feel you should have won, then you did not bid your max and it is no one else's fault but your own.
I have always done well by bidding my max in the last ten seconds.
Ebay is generally for the mentally ill who are paranoid and have issues with addiction. I like Ebay because it keeps them indoors where they are not physically hurting people but perhaps hurting their families emotionally or something. I'm being funny in that sense, but in all seriousness I see no reason to use it unless you are a collector, which means, yeah, you are mentally ill I guess.
Edited by Spokker, 07 January 2013 - 02:23 AM.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:23 AM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:53 AM
Patience, because you may get outbid on a particular auction and you will have to wait for another one.
Patience, until someone lists a Buy It Now at the price you want to pay.
If you are impatient or willing to pay more than someone else, the auction is yours.
So no, no techniques. You can pull a last-second snipe, but if someone already has a higher bid in place, it will not matter. Same if someone out-snipes you. Great way to waste time in front of the computer.
Either check back every day or so for a Buy It Now at a set price, try to win an auction at a set price, or be willing to pay a bit more.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:10 PM
When I look at an auction, I decide what the full price I would pay is, days in advance if possible. And I stick to that number, no matter what. And in the last 5 seconds, I enter in the number. If I get it, great. If I get it for even lower than the number I picked, even better. If I don't, no biggie. It's just a thing, and I have plenty of those already.
This is exactly what I do.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:02 PM