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Old 06-22-2015, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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i used to buy more than i do lately .. you ever had the IRS after you for sales tax on ebay purchases ? i have ..
IRS? Sales tax???

Maybe you meant income tax, but either way why would they bother the buyer? Those are seller issues....
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I have bought and sold on ebay for 12 years. When buying, this is what I do:

I look at the item, and read the description carefully. I note the shipping fees, if any. I "save" the item in "My Ebay", for ease in getting to it. I take note of the day and time the auction will end. I have never used a sniping service. That's for people who can't be on ebay at the time the auction ends. Anybody can do their own sniping! And I do...about 2 seconds before it ends.

I love auctions! Buy-It-Now is boring. I win 99% of the auctions I bid on! Sometimes I'll snipe-bid $50 on an item going for $20, to be sure I'll win it. So far, nobody else has been that foolhardy!
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:37 AM
 
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IRS? Sales tax???

Maybe you meant income tax, but either way why would they bother the buyer? Those are seller issues....
They probably meant their state wanting them to pay out-of-state transaction sales tax on untaxed purchases. Our state has a section of the state income tax form where you pay sales taxes on things like Amazon and eBay purchases that came from another state.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:40 AM
 
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As to your first-that's how you feel. Not me. As to your second: Why should I care if they beat the highest price I was willing to bid? That makes no sense.
If you literally don't care, why are you bidding in the first place?

Maybe there is a different mindset in Moscow...
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:44 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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OP, when bidding last minute you have to carefully consider your internet connection speed.

When I had satellite internet the max time to place a bid and beat the clock was about 11 seconds. We have DSL via phone line and the max is about eight seconds now.

HTH
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Old 06-23-2015, 07:11 AM
 
Location: NC
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I am reading this thread just out of curiosity, but it seems like the ebay bidding system is pretty bizarre if it has generated this 'sniping service' concept. Maybe ebay should offer another option: sealed bids. This way each bidder would have one chance, and one chance only. There could be buy it now, sealed bid, and sort-of-an auction options. Of course, sealed bid would probably make folks too nervous.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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If you are truly unwilling to pay 1 penny more, you are more emotionally involved than anyone else. This isn't Nike contracting for 10 million shoelaces. What could possibly be well worth $21.50 but never $21.51? You are just fooling yourself. If an auction is not worth one cent more, it's not worth buying at all.

Second, if you WANT it for $21.50, you give the world a chance to beat that figure for DAYS if you place your max bid at the start of an auction. If you snipe they have 5 seconds.
While I would agree that a penny more doesn't change a good deal to a bad deal, you have to draw a line somewhere. After all, if it's worth $21.51 then it's worth $21.52. And if it's worth $21.52 then it's worth $21.53. And on and on.

I totally agree about hiding your cards and not showing your interest. Nothing good can come of it.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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As to your first-that's how you feel. Not me. As to your second: Why should I care if they beat the highest price I was willing to bid? That makes no sense.
Because you presumably wanted to WIN it for your highest bid, right? If not then why did you bid at all? So if you wanted to win it for $10 and lost it for $10.01 you should naturally be a bit disappointed. To not care if you didn't get it for the price you were willing to pay is what makes no sense.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:23 AM
 
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OP, when bidding last minute you have to carefully consider your internet connection speed.

When I had satellite internet the max time to place a bid and beat the clock was about 11 seconds. We have DSL via phone line and the max is about eight seconds now.

HTH
You can also initiate your bid sooner and just hit the final confirm button a few seconds before auction end.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:28 AM
 
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I am reading this thread just out of curiosity, but it seems like the ebay bidding system is pretty bizarre if it has generated this 'sniping service' concept. Maybe ebay should offer another option: sealed bids. This way each bidder would have one chance, and one chance only. There could be buy it now, sealed bid, and sort-of-an auction options. Of course, sealed bid would probably make folks too nervous.
How is a sealed bid different than a snipe bid? A snipe is pretty much a one and only shot. And snipers know that the current auction price means nothing especially when an auction is hours or days away from ending.

And why should ebay care? They could easily block sniping services but why would they want to make it more difficult to bid or deter any type of bidders?
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