Latest eBay seller BS
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Fri Oct 1 17:43:51 CDT 2010
On 1 Oct 2010 at 21:55, Tony Duell wrote:
> OK, I do the naive thing and put in the maxiumum I am prepared to pay
> for the item when I first bid. If somevbody else outbids me, I am not
> really upset fro long.. It jsut means they were prepared ot pay more
> than I was. No problem
Back in the early days of eBay (when Paypal would *pay* you $20 to
join) I did my bidding using a dialup line and Mosaic, I became very
frustrated to be aced out by bidders with faster connections.
I purchased a software package that did sniping; it was better, but
my connection speed and quality still limited me--and eBay frowned on
sniping and changed its web pages several times in an attempt to
thwart auto-sniping software.
Eventually, I signed up with a new service called eSnipe and paid a
fee (1% of the winning bid with a cap at $100 gavel and nothing for
items under $25). I still use it and enjoy the original terms.
Since most of what I bid on is under $25, I haven't paid eSnipe a
cent in years. (New subscribers do not get the sweetheart deal).
I tell eSnipe to bid what I'm willing to pay. Sometimes I get the
item; other times, I don't. I don't get caught up in the final
Exposing everyone's bid maximum during an auction would be like
playing poker with all cards showing. No fun.
All in all, eBay's kept a fairly honest game. Excite and Yahoo
auctions were rife with abuse--fortunately, they're gone--and good
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