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Old 06-22-2015, 01:47 PM
 
Location: alabama.
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if it doesn't have a buy it now price I don't bother with it .. I`ve never won a bid ..
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Sandwich
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I always bid the highest I'm will to pay for an item in the last minute, that's how I win items. I don't even bother bidding before that but be sure you're online and ready to bid (you can do this by hitting the big now button and it will tell you).

Good luck!

I've been using ebay for years and this is the best way to do it. Placing the highest amount you are willing to spend with about 5 seconds on the clock is your best chance to win the bid at the lowest price. Good luck and happy bidding.

Lou
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Old 06-22-2015, 02:44 PM
 
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I'm not willing to tie myself to the computer to wait for the last few seconds to bid so I use a sniping service. With a sniping service you place a maximum bid and in the last 2 seconds your bid is placed, and there is no time for other bidders to chip away at your bid. If you just enter your max bid on ebay other bidders will just chip away at it until you are out.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Moscow
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I'm not willing to tie myself to the computer to wait for the last few seconds to bid so I use a sniping service. With a sniping service you place a maximum bid and in the last 2 seconds your bid is placed, and there is no time for other bidders to chip away at your bid. If you just enter your max bid on ebay other bidders will just chip away at it until you are out.

I never saw the point of a sniping service. If I put in my max bid, what do I care if someone beat me-even if only by a penny-at the last second?

Those that use one-what's the advantage?
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:52 PM
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Location: City Data Land
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Thank you!

What's more helpful.. an automatic bid, or an 11th hour bid?

I've checked online, the item is well priced.

When you say that you had to, "plan carefully"... what do you mean?
11th hour bid. I place my bid about 30 seconds before the auction ends. That makes it more likely for me to win. But I don't go above what I am willing to pay. That way, when I make that one last minute bid, if someone's max bid is above mine and I lose out on the item, I have no regrets.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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What happens when multiple people are using sniping services?
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:23 PM
 
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I never saw the point of a sniping service. If I put in my max bid, what do I care if someone beat me-even if only by a penny-at the last second?

Those that use one-what's the advantage?
If everyone placed their max bid at the outset and stuck with it, there would be no advantage. But human psychology being what it is, that's not what happens. People start bidding and get emotional and competitive and end up bidding way more than they intended and what the item should be worth. Sniping helps keep that bidding war from ever happening.

For example, let's say there is a widget you and I both want. I am willing to pay $9 so I place my max bid for $9. You are willing to pay $10 so if you placed your max bid at $10 you would end up winning it. Except now I see I am going to lose the auction and I decide I'll go $11 max, no more I swear. So you get miffed and go $12. And so on. On the other hand, if you had placed a snipe bid for $10, I would have happily watched the time running down with me about to win it for $9 until your $10 snipe comes in and scores the win at the buzzer.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:24 PM
 
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What happens when multiple people are using sniping services?
Then it operates as the maximum bidding process should really work - the person who was willing to pay the most will win (provided it's more than the additional bid increment).
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Moscow
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If everyone placed their max bid at the outset and stuck with it, there would be no advantage. But human psychology being what it is, that's not what happens. People start bidding and get emotional and competitive and end up bidding way more than they intended and what the item should be worth. Sniping helps keep that bidding war from ever happening.

For example, let's say there is a widget you and I both want. I am willing to pay $9 so I place my max bid for $9. You are willing to pay $10 so if you placed your max bid at $10 you would end up winning it. Except now I see I am going to lose the auction and I decide I'll go $11 max, no more I swear. So you get miffed and go $12. And so on. On the other hand, if you had placed a snipe bid for $10, I would have happily watched the time running down with me about to win it for $9 until your $10 snipe comes in and scores the win at the buzzer.
So, as I thought. No advantage to a bidder that actually puts in the highest they will go.

Thanks for taking the time to explain.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:30 PM
 
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So, as I thought. No advantage to a bidder that actually puts in the highest they will go.

Thanks for taking the time to explain.
How do you draw that conclusion? You can put in your max bid either manually or via snipe. If by using a snipe it prevents an emotional bidding war and you get the item for your max bid or less whereas doing it manually results in you getting outbid, how is that not an advantage to you?
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