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[*] posted on 1-6-2008 at 15:41
your right janet, it just pushes my buttons that all. as i said at the top i'm getting old and grumpy, and realy enjoying it.kewl_glasses

[*] posted on 30-5-2008 at 23:31
Talking of eBay and auctions, has anybody tried, or used, http://tazbar.com/ ?

It's meant to be pretty good, and is apparently getting a much better reputation than eBay has ever had....

[*] posted on 30-5-2008 at 22:33
Well, no, it's not a raffle - in a raffle, the winner is determined by chance. In an auction, the winner is determined by the highest bid.

It just comes down to the fact that people use the site differently. I research what I want, and if I can get it cheaper on ebay, I'll try there - but I don't get into bidding wars, it's just not what I want from the site. The way the bidding works, I'm not going to pay more than I need to (eg if the highest bid against me is 2, and I've told ebay I'll pay up to 5, the big it puts in for me is 2.50 or whatever the increment is). I don't always have the time, inclination or ability to be around when auctions close.

Neither way is better than the other - but both are auctions.

[*] posted on 30-5-2008 at 17:50
alls for the best in the best of all posible worlds, but, what if there was something you realy wanted, its starting price is 99p and to buy it new is 30. day 9 someone bids 5, by day 3 its already 27 and there is the prospect of late bidders up till the end.
i would give up on day 3. its great for the seller, but not for you, and the person who buys the item might as well have bought it in the first place. this makes bidding ilogical unless, as most have said, you bid, and then forget it, which makes it a raffle not an auction.

[*] posted on 28-5-2008 at 14:49
Your point about twenty items is a good one - I've often found that if a seller is a large shop, they will have multiples of whatever it is listed - if the first goes past my price, the second works...

There's a bid assistant I've used for this, on Ebay itself - useful jobbie.

[*] posted on 28-5-2008 at 13:28
Originally posted by janet
Caveat emptor, on ebay and everywhere :)


As with any auction, be it on-line, or "in the flesh"
1 - know your product
2 - set yourself a maximum price
3 - be prepared to walk away

A good auctioneer can, and often does, allow people to be drawn into bidding wars in order to achieve the maximum proce for the vendor, whose agent, he is. I've seen second hand goods in poor condition sold for more than the new price, because some people get "excited" and keep on bidding. I've also seen bidders compete to buy the first item of twenty identical ones, knowing that they only want one or two and that the winning bid has the option to purchase as many as they like, with the under bidders the option after him, followed by the rest. The crazy thing is that 9 times out of 10 there are still a few of that item passed in because not every one wanted to pay "top dollar". Had the competing bidders decided that their first bid was their only bid, all would have purchased that lot for substantially less than the knock down price.

/climbs down off hobby horse....... sorry folks.

[*] posted on 28-5-2008 at 08:05
Caveat emptor, on ebay and everywhere :)

[*] posted on 28-5-2008 at 00:53
I find it's all part of the fun ... trying to get an item cheap can and does happen.

I vote early, late and in the middle but I will never go above a figure I've pre-determined but that is always sage advice for any type of auction.

But if we're grumping on ebay then I tend not to use it much as I find these days you can get the item elsewhere for the same price, guaranteed to be new and with a warranty.

[*] posted on 27-5-2008 at 20:38
I'm with Janet, rarely do I bid late, I bid once, with my maximum bid, and if I win great, if I don't, hey-ho...

I don't intend to get drawn into a bidding war, or use any sniping tools to get what I want.

Makes me laugh though when people do it to stuff I'm selling, they invariably end up more than they should it seems to me. (Not complaining though...!) :D

[*] posted on 27-5-2008 at 19:55
Bear in mind that it's not unknown for ' friends ' of the seller to submit bids, in order to boost the price.

The same goes for feedback, that's quite often manipulated by unscrupulous individuals. waggyfinger

[*] posted on 27-5-2008 at 19:32
Different people use the site differently - neither way is better than another, neither way makes people "real ebayers"...

[*] posted on 27-5-2008 at 18:37
don't get me wrong, im not saying that bidding early is wrong, but you stand a better chance of getting what you want, for a better price, if everyone bids late.
i don't mean to offend anyone, but if i have i apologise.:)

[*] posted on 27-5-2008 at 16:06
I often put in what would be my highest bid, whenever I see the item. I then either get it or not.

Don't know if I'm a "real ebayer" but I've been using the site years and have only had good feedback, so....

Depicts mood of post posted on 27-5-2008 at 16:03
im sorry but the bidders on ebay are starting to anoy me. why bid on something that has 8 days to go on it? all they are doing is driving the price up. they have no chance of getting the item and the real ebayers, that bid in the last 30 seconds, only end up paying more.
i think im getting old and grumpy or somethingwaveysmiley