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 something
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....
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.
Different people use the site differently - neither way is better than another, neither way makes people "real ebayers"...
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.
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...!)
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.
Caveat emptor, on ebay and everywhere
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.