Ebay strategies?

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Bobthearch
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Re: Ebay strategies?
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tcg550 wrote:

CMCM wrote:

I've never bought from eBay before, but I've been looking at lenses. I've noticed a lot of items where bidding started ridiculously low, one lens was 2.99 or some such, and bidding took it way up to over $300. People were bidding up in small increments and then at the end the winning bid popped it up by nearly $100. Also, it seemed to me that most things I looked at had automatic bidding going on, and with that, I guess the eBay automatic bid process can swoop in with the winning bid mere seconds after you put in your bid, which would seem to win at that point. It all seems to be a guessing game, where you have to know the max you are willing to spend and hope no automatic bid will out-do you in the final seconds. I find it rather frustrating in the end, I don't like it, and now I mostly look to a "Buy Now" price I think is good and which doesn't involve playing the bidding game. I'll add that setting a low price and letting the bids run appears to be great for the seller, perhaps not so much for the buyer.

All a last minute bid that outbids you means is someone else was willing to pay more than you.

If your maximum bid was higher then you would have won at the last second.

You can always change you maximum bid towards the end if you think you're going to be outbid.

If you weren't willing to pay more the automatic bidding system saved you from getting caught up in a bidding war at the end and spending more than you wanted to.

I personally like the last minute bidding, I don't use the automatic system as I like to manually bid and win at the last second. It's half the fun of ebay.

Ditto.  Someone bids higher than me, whether days ahead or at the last second, it means they’re paying too much and they can have it.

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