The following has been posted correctly and not top posted
like some big pants AutoCAD know-it-all.
Phil Crow wrote:
Well, when it comes to the buyer, he/she couldn't give a
rat's rosy, rancid, red rectum what the seller wants. As a
seller I understand it.
Well, if you want more money then you should find an
alternative to eBay. I'm not sure where you were going with
the latter point.
How has altruism worked it's way in here? As a buyer I want
to buy it cheap. As a seller I want to make loads of cash.
But in the long run I accept things for what they are. I'm
not sure that makes me altruistic.
Which software snipe did you buy and why? I usually don't
bid until the last day (with a low amount) or at the last
hour. Sniping software would allow me to do better and to
get those early morning east-coaster auctions.
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The software's free but it's a per-per-snipe deal, right?
You pay a small fee for each one you win?
If it weren't for jumping to conclusions some of us wouldn't get any exercise.
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Frankly, I didn't know that this software even existed. I do my own sniping. I
never bid on an item until there was about 90 seconds left in the auction, and
even then I posted a bid that would beat the current bid, plus maybe 20%. This
is assuming that I would still be getting a bargain after I added in shipping.
If not, I just buy locally (assuming it's an available item). I never get
caught up in the heat of the moment.... it's a sure way to screw yourself.
I didn't always snipe. In an early experience last year during hurricane season
I followed an auction for a Generac 7500 watt electric start generator,
available at the local borg for $900 or a $1000 (I don't remember precisely). I
knew for a fact they still had them in stock. I entered the bidding on Ebay at
about $550 with a max bid of $700 (remember, I still would have to add shipping
to this heavy item). I was easily beaten out, but it was an education. All my
early bid did was run up the bill for all. Then I watched in amazement as the
bloodlust took over: the winner paid $1300 BEFORE the shipping was added. OUCH!
That's when I formulated my current rules, which have been fairly successful for
As a buyer on eBay, you have to be smart. Know what things are worth,
know what your max that you would be willing to pay to still get a good
deal and know when the best times to bid! Bid on an item saturdays,
sundays or evenings and you will be bidding with the majority of the
world. ( This is why I list stuff to end on sunday evenings! ) Bid
during most peoples business hours or in the middle of the night and you
have increased your chances of winning when bidding the end of that auction.
As a seller, bring on the snipers, bring on the newbies, bring on the
misinformed. Drive that bid up! eBay doesn't mind as they make a
bigger chunk too! List stuff to end on sunday evenings. I list late
because it falls in the 5 hour window but I catch most of the west coast
crowd to keep shipping costs down. ( I live on the left coast. )
Sunday, everybody is done with their church, done with their weekend
playing and are slowing down to get ready for the work week. A little
relaxation time in front of the computer and time to bid. ( Of course
most women you can target in the middle of the week. When they can
spend while the hubby's are out earning. )
I have almost 1500 positive feedbacks and over 2200 transactions. I
find stuff that I can't find locally or by mail order / online. I sell
stuff to feed my various hobbies. These days, if I see something that I
really want, I don't bid. I book mark it ( save to favorites ) and
check it on the last day. This way, I don't add to the "frenzy" of
bidding. If I'm not awake or around for the end of the auction, I'll
automatically bid ( snipe. ) If I lose, I really don't care. eBay is
huge! Another item will come along. I'm never in any rush that I have
to have this item "right now!"
If I were to pass along one tidbit of advise, it would be to expect the
worst. Most of the time you are looking at somebody's crappy picture.
The sellers description in his mind might not be what's in your mind.
If you expect the worst and or problems, when your item shows up and it
is better than what you had in your mind, be pleasantly suprised. What
did you want? You're buying something that someone else didn't want!
It's all part of playing the eBay game!
Yowser's -- how long's it take to create 120 eBay IDs to give yourself all
of that positive feedback?
I mean, I got some extensive extended-family relatives to draw on, but not
Give it up! What's the trick???
I managed 1464.
Nice IR OS. I'm going to have to watch that auction. ( You didn't
think I made all that feedback by selling, did you? )
Hmmm. The GPS looks like more fun. A bidding I will go...........
Always the finest of stuff. I'm in the perpetual cleanout mode with all the
stuff that's followed me home from various sources. Probably would be a lot
easier if I just stopped collecting this hardware in the first place. You know
you're in trouble when your ratholes dissapear because of what's surrounding
them. Who wants a router crafter?
Make sure everything is spelled properly. No, this isn't a grammar
snob, but I just saw a report on TV that there are companies in the
business of finding misspelled items on Ebay, buying them, and selling
them at higher value.
Why can they sell it higher? Because the item had few if any bids on
it in the first place, because the search engine didn't bring up their
item because of the misspelling.
I guess "Chandelier" is one they said is often misspelled.
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