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Offline Voixdelion

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #50 on: Thu, 29 May 2014, 19:06:29 »
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What sniping program do you use? I tried to use Jbidwatcher once and it didn't work >:(

 

Try gixen - so far its been working for me
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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #51 on: Fri, 24 October 2014, 03:40:57 »
What sniping programs to people use now? I'm reluctant to use ones that require you to dump your ebay login info to a website, and would prefer something I run on my computer.

Also, I really really like ebay's recent (I don't know how recent? Maybe I just never noticed?) addition of the "Make Offer" and that the seller can counter offer. I've gotten really good deals on this by finding auctions that seem like they've been posting for a while, or sellers with a large stock and just lowballing. If the Seller wants a quick buck, they take the lowball offer, and (as I realized) when you make the offer, if the seller accepts it, it completes right then and there. When you make the offer, it's like agreeing to buy at that price already.
If they don't like your price, they can make you a counter-offer. If you accept the counter offer, then you pay right away and it's done.

I actually really prefer this method, and when I'm just browsing ebay, I often look for auctions that allow offers to be made.

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #52 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 12:04:56 »
FWIW, I prefer to bid rather than snipe.  I just decide the maximum I'm prepared to pay, take off a little bit just to be on the safe side, and bid that amount.  Then walk away.  Ebay automatically takes care of the bidding and it is impossible to be 'sniped' by someone putting in a higher amount before I have time to react.  The Ebay automatic bidding will always work.

Now, it is true that by doing this I am sometimes showing my hand early.  If I have a max of $100, and somebody enters $50, they will see at once they have been outbid.  That gives them a chance to enter a higher amount if they want - whereas by waiting until the end of the auction, I might have lulled that other buyer into only entering $50 as their maximum.  But this information goes both ways.  By entering my maximum bid as soon as I know it, I can see straight away that I'm *not* going to win the auction, in many cases.  So I forget about that item and can look for it elsewhere if needed.  Of course, the knowledge that you *do* win the auction is never certain until the auction is over.  But it is often useful to find out before the auction end at least some of the cases where you *don't* win.

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #53 on: Tue, 09 December 2014, 13:11:58 »

I might have lulled that other buyer into only entering $50 as their maximum. 


This is the totality of the reason that sniping is effective in keeping prices down.

If you are going to bid the old-fashioned way, you need to make sure that your bid blows everybody else out of the water.

The Article II clause gave readers some guidance by giving two specific examples of impeachable misconduct: “Treason” and “Bribery”. Both were “high” offenses indeed.
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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #54 on: Fri, 02 January 2015, 09:08:29 »
I used to sell a few odds things on eBay, but man, it sucks now. They now charge a flat 10% fee, plus you have the 2.9% PayPal fee. I am trying to sell a USB fiber microscope (for inspecting fiber optic cable), and I have it listed at $500 opening bid. I am expecting to pay $65 or so in fees. Plus you then have the guys trying to low ball you. One guy offered me $450 including shipping to BIN. Dude, doing that will have my take home be $380, for something that has only sold for $705 at the cheapest on eBay. WTF.

Isn't really worth it anymore, but for somethings, they are they only game in town. Niche items are too hard to sell elsewhere, typically.

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« Reply #55 on: Sat, 03 January 2015, 08:20:07 »

I am expecting to pay $65 or so in fees.

Plus you then have the guys trying to low ball you.


Fees are now charged on shipping as well as price.

Ignore the low-ballers, unless you really need to sell. Under the "Buy-it-Now" section, the "Accept Offers" is automatically checked. It took me a while to realize that you have to click that button a dozen times to make it go away.
The Article II clause gave readers some guidance by giving two specific examples of impeachable misconduct: “Treason” and “Bribery”. Both were “high” offenses indeed.
”Treason” – defined elsewhere in the Constitution – meant waging war against America or betraying her to an enemy power. “Bribery” – secretly bending laws to favor the rich and powerful – involved official misconduct of a highly malignant sort, threatening the very soul of a democratic republic committed to equality under law. In the case of a president who did not take bribes but gave them – in effect paying men to vote for him – the bribery would undermine the very legitimacy of the election that brought him to office.
– America’s Constitution 2005

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #56 on: Sat, 03 January 2015, 09:48:39 »
They charge on shipping now too? I guess to get the people that would have a penny item and hundred dollars shipping on   what is normally a hundred.

I did notice that on accept offers, and unchecked it.

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« Reply #57 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 09:35:59 »
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What is the point of offering best offer if they are all just auto-declined???

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I honestly don't understand this feature if a person isn't going to actually take offers why waste peoples time in having it active.

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #58 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 09:50:36 »

What is the point of offering best offer if they are all just auto-declined???


"Accept Best Offer" is on by default. If you don't know how to turn it off, you might be compelled to set auto-decline to the same price as Buy-it-Now.

Tip: To turn it off, you have to click the check box perhaps a dozen times, and eventually it goes off.
The Article II clause gave readers some guidance by giving two specific examples of impeachable misconduct: “Treason” and “Bribery”. Both were “high” offenses indeed.
”Treason” – defined elsewhere in the Constitution – meant waging war against America or betraying her to an enemy power. “Bribery” – secretly bending laws to favor the rich and powerful – involved official misconduct of a highly malignant sort, threatening the very soul of a democratic republic committed to equality under law. In the case of a president who did not take bribes but gave them – in effect paying men to vote for him – the bribery would undermine the very legitimacy of the election that brought him to office.
– America’s Constitution 2005

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« Reply #59 on: Sat, 19 September 2015, 01:03:31 »
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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #60 on: Wed, 28 October 2015, 01:06:14 »
They charge on shipping now too? I guess to get the people that would have a penny item and hundred dollars shipping on   what is normally a hundred.

I did notice that on accept offers, and unchecked it.

I love seeing items that have a low listing price but have shipping that places it around the same price as all of the competitors. Such an annoyance.

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« Reply #61 on: Wed, 28 October 2015, 07:21:28 »

I love seeing items that have a low listing price but have shipping that places it around the same price as all of the competitors.


I hate it too, but honestly, people are weird. I have listed items with free shipping (which I prefer to do) just sit there for days, but when I divided up the same price to make shipping separate, they sold quickly.

I wish that domestic shipping and sales tax were mandatory to be included in the ebay price, with surcharges allowed for expedited and international shipping.
The Article II clause gave readers some guidance by giving two specific examples of impeachable misconduct: “Treason” and “Bribery”. Both were “high” offenses indeed.
”Treason” – defined elsewhere in the Constitution – meant waging war against America or betraying her to an enemy power. “Bribery” – secretly bending laws to favor the rich and powerful – involved official misconduct of a highly malignant sort, threatening the very soul of a democratic republic committed to equality under law. In the case of a president who did not take bribes but gave them – in effect paying men to vote for him – the bribery would undermine the very legitimacy of the election that brought him to office.
– America’s Constitution 2005

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #62 on: Fri, 17 November 2017, 23:58:22 »
Since I started to buy from ebay (prompted from needing something for work that was only available on ebay), I finally read this great thread.  It will be interesting to use a lot of these tips in the future if I start to use the selling capability.

One thing I can say for buyers to avoid being caught up in the bid frenzy if you plan to snipe and bid the old-fashioned way, is to already know your limits.  It's actually no different than buying or selling stocks--you decide beforehand what is your max bid before you even place a bid.  And with that already settled, you can snipe at full speed at the end of an auction if you want to attempt to get something at a great price.  I've used this a few times now with great success.   :cool:

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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #63 on: Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:15:20 »
One thing I can say for buyers to avoid being caught up in the bid frenzy if you plan to snipe and bid the old-fashioned way, is to already know your limits.  It's actually no different than buying or selling stocks--you decide beforehand what is your max bid before you even place a bid.  And with that already settled, you can snipe at full speed at the end of an auction if you want to attempt to get something at a great price...

Samir's exactly right, as usual! But then, we've come to expect such wisdom from him—he's an insightful type o' geek. :?)

Something else to keep in mind: If someone does outbid you, don't get bummed, thinking "I might've won if only I'd had time to bid again!" Most likely, the winner entered a maximum bid well above what you would've been willing to pay (believe it or not, there are many people in the world with so much dough, they don't care what stuff costs as long as they get it), and eBay's page automatically advanced their bid just enough to top yours.

You can apply this philosophy to other areas of life. For example, there was a girl in high school I was crazy about. I worked up my nerve a couple of times and asked her out, but she turned me down. Rather than taking it personally, I thought: "Maybe a slightly better-looking guy asked her out for that night, and she'll find out his looks aren't enough to compensate for his lack of personality—then I'll have another chance!" In eBay terms, I figured the item would be relisted.

As it turned out, she never did go out with me. But I stumbled across a photo of her last year, and she's completely lost her looks—so HA!!! But I digress.
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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #64 on: Mon, 19 February 2018, 18:18:43 »
Here's another eBay tip, in case no one else has mentioned it:

As the ends of their auctions approach, people often become willing to accept lower offers. So if you're looking at an assortment of items, try sorting them by "Time: Ending Soonest", and submitting low offers on any "Make an Offer" items that interest you. And don't tell your significant other that I gave you this advice.
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Re: Ebay Buying Advice - you asked for it
« Reply #65 on: Wed, 04 July 2018, 05:58:31 »
Also, you should never bid on stuff when you've had coffee (up) or when you've been drinking alcohol (down). In other words, bid from the middle range of your obsession only.
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