Ebay strategies?

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Jonsi Veteran Member • Posts: 4,338
Re: Auctions have become pointless

Marty4650 wrote:

Back in the day it was possible to have some fun bidding on ebay auctions. And every once in a while, you ended up getting something you wanted, at a really good price.

But with the advent of auto bid and sniping programs, it has become virtually pointless. It all comes down to "your auto biding program vs mine." Nothing really happens until the last ten seconds of an auction, then a dozen bids get tossed out by the programs and someone wins.

I think most people today just shop the "buy it now" offers. You can't outbid a machine, so why even bother to try?

Of course you can outbid a machine.  Just bid more than the max bid of the guy using a sniper.  If you bid $100 on an item and his max bid is $90, "machine" or not, you win.

Sounds like you think it's a competition of being the last bid, not the highest.  Or you get caught up in the bidding and go higher and higher just to win it and end up overpaying.

Not the smartest way to buy stuff.

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