Ebay strategies?

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Mackiesback Senior Member • Posts: 6,857
Re: Such nonsense

Marty4650 wrote:

You say...."Of course you can win against a automatic bidding program"..... but only as long as you are willing to bid the highest possible price.

Just keep bidding, and bid a lot. You surely will win. Then congratulate yourself for "winning" something, even though you could end up paying more for it than simply buying it from Amazon or KEH.

But that isn't the goal of most ebay shoppers. They want to buy something at a very good price, and when you are bidding against a machine that can advance a bid in a fraction of a second, then you are bound for failure and frustration.

Unless of course, you are willing to bid very high, which might be true for you. But if you like doing that, then go for it.

I will continue to shop the buy it now offers. You know, the ones where the seller has to price things slightly lower than Amazon to make a sale. And where I don't have to compete against an autobot.

Different strokes for different folks.

Yes, it may be problematic for people trying to nickel and dime the selling price, or be filled with angst they didn’t get a deal of the century, or people who get emotionally vested in the process.

Sniping systems are usually free. The strength of the program is that you don’t reveal to the whole world you are interested in something. If you see something that you are willing to pay $200 for, and you place your bid early, you give your competitor all that time to talk themselves into paying more than your maximum. That’s just not very smart, you are begging your competitors to beat you.

You basically want eBay to work like Craig’s list, hence your preference for buy it now options, which is fine, but not really an auction. The best way to overcome frustration with sniping service for non buy it now items is to simply use one. It’s also a great way to win something that closes while you are at work, or asleep, or having dinner, etc.

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