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2011/03/28 20:11:32 (permalink)
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Ebay Tips

Just dragged myself into the 21st century and started using this.
 
Just got gazumped on something in literally the last second. I had bid 13.63 on a t shirt with a maximum bid of 15.00 yet lost to someone who put 16.00 in last second. Dont quite understand how someone did this.
 
Any general tips/advice from more experienced ebay users?
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    Play
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 20:16:38 (permalink)
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    Don't pick a round number for your max bid. Most people bid in £5' S
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 20:23:00 (permalink)
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    I,ve found its a matter of timing....you need to get it just right so that your bid is counted but dont leave enough time for someone else to get a last ditch bid in.....managed to bag some good deals......of course it could just be down to luck.
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 20:29:21 (permalink)
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    Try and bid on items that finish at daft o'clock in the morning
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 20:47:45 (permalink)
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    Put it up at 9pm on a Sunday night to run for 7 days...most poeple log on at the time and they have the chance to sit and bid about at that time.
     
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand just reliased he was buying and not selling...im away for a nap./
    post edited by cu3ed - 2011/03/28 22:33:47
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 21:56:54 (permalink)
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    www.gixen.com
     
    Free sniping service which may prove useful for you.
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 21:58:00 (permalink)
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    simple if you were prepared to pay £16 for the item
    you shouldnt have put in a max bid of £15
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/28 22:03:12 (permalink)
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    You should go for a number like £16.37
     
    Also, bid as late as possible until you're into seconds left. Never bid early, as there is absolutely no point of potentially sparking interest by doing this.
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 08:42:16 (permalink)
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    lost

    simple if you were prepared to pay £16 for the item
    you shouldnt have put in a max bid of £15

    many buyers (illegally) bid on their own items at the last minute (shill bidding)- meaning that you'll always pay whatever your max bid is if you do this. So theres then no chance of you getting a bargain, or getting the item for less than the max you were prepared to pay.
     
    Until ebay tighten up on this practice you're always going to get people trying to sneak in at the last second to avoid the buyer having time to do this to them


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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 09:42:24 (permalink)
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    Sniping software is the way most people Gazump you.
     
    I've used it a couple of times for some games I was after & it's worked ok.
     
    I actually got my first ever proper bargain the other day & got a brand new US Blu-Ray of the Dragonball Z Broly movies for £6.01 
    Average price on there is over £18 & to buy it from Movietyme would have cost me £15 so I'm well chuffed.
     
    Sometimes you get lucky other times you don't but Sniping software helps ;)
     
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 10:50:09 (permalink)
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    I just put in the max im willing to pay, if it goes above onto the next item which is the same.

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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:25:46 (permalink)
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    i use auctionstealer, put my max price in and then dont have to worry, it places my bid for me in the last 10 seconds of the auction.
     
    This way i dont sit clicking refresh and i will only win it for an amount i am willing to spend.
     
     
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:32:36 (permalink)
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    Wow. I didn't realise there was anyone out there hadnt used ebay at least 10 years ago. Thanks for sharing!  Pop into curry's at some point they make machines that you put discs into that play movies through your TV. Check it out!

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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:46:26 (permalink)
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    tac

    lost

    simple if you were prepared to pay £16 for the item
    you shouldnt have put in a max bid of £15

    many buyers (illegally) bid on their own items at the last minute (shill bidding)- meaning that you'll always pay whatever your max bid is if you do this. So theres then no chance of you getting a bargain, or getting the item for less than the max you were prepared to pay.

    Until ebay tighten up on this practice you're always going to get people trying to sneak in at the last second to avoid the buyer having time to do this to them

    But the seller doesnt know what your maximum bid is?  So if they continue bidding it up, - they'll eventually win the item themselves???
     
     
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:53:13 (permalink)
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    Skrewdriver

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    simple if you were prepared to pay £16 for the item
    you shouldnt have put in a max bid of £15

    many buyers (illegally) bid on their own items at the last minute (shill bidding)- meaning that you'll always pay whatever your max bid is if you do this. So theres then no chance of you getting a bargain, or getting the item for less than the max you were prepared to pay.

    Until ebay tighten up on this practice you're always going to get people trying to sneak in at the last second to avoid the buyer having time to do this to them

    But the seller doesnt know what your maximum bid is?  So if they continue bidding it up, - they'll eventually win the item themselves???
     

     
    Yeah but then within minutes of the auction ending you'll get a second chance offer message with some cock & bull story that the winner can't pay straight away or they didn't really want the item so do you still want it for your max bid.
     
    Happened to me a few times before.
     
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:55:40 (permalink)
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    I always get them too Neil and I promptly tell them to blow themselves

    Festar: You can't plead poverty with 2 cars. That's like a little Kenyan chap pleading poverty with 2 packets of uncle bens rice hidden under his bed.
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:57:32 (permalink)
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    LOL at everyone trying to over complicate ebay
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 11:58:28 (permalink)
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    ALHADO

    LOL at everyone trying to over complicate ebay


    You always seems to get ripped on ebay so I'd be taking notes if I were you

    Festar: You can't plead poverty with 2 cars. That's like a little Kenyan chap pleading poverty with 2 packets of uncle bens rice hidden under his bed.
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 12:08:03 (permalink)
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    Red Bull
     I always get them too Neil and I promptly tell them to blow themselves

     
    I do that generally but if it's an item I really wanted then I normally counter them with a much lower offer than my max bid & see what they say...sometimes it works
     
    Neil
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    Re:Ebay Tips 2011/03/29 12:12:26 (permalink)
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    Soundwave

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    tac

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    simple if you were prepared to pay £16 for the item
    you shouldnt have put in a max bid of £15

    many buyers (illegally) bid on their own items at the last minute (shill bidding)- meaning that you'll always pay whatever your max bid is if you do this. So theres then no chance of you getting a bargain, or getting the item for less than the max you were prepared to pay.

    Until ebay tighten up on this practice you're always going to get people trying to sneak in at the last second to avoid the buyer having time to do this to them

    But the seller doesnt know what your maximum bid is?  So if they continue bidding it up, - they'll eventually win the item themselves???


    Yeah but then within minutes of the auction ending you'll get a second chance offer message with some cock & bull story that the winner can't pay straight away or they didn't really want the item so do you still want it for your max bid.

    Happened to me a few times before.

    Neil

     
     
    Ah, - of course.  In which case, I would tell them to bugger off.  I guess you'll never really know though I guess, - I sold a broken Xbox 360 on there the other day.. - the winning bidder emailed me a few minutes after the auction finished apologizing, saying he had a problem with ebay/paypal and can't afford to pay, - I offered the second highest bidder the chance to buy it, and was very glad that he brought it instead.
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