- Aug 24, 2007tj
Bidding in the last few seconds is called "sniping," as Cadia pointed out, and there are a
number of programs you can get that do it for you. I use POWERSNIPE, which places my
bid in the final 3 seconds. If I really want something, I put a really high bid in the
program...but it will only go up to that amount if others place high bids as well. I don't
have to be at my computer (or even in the state) and I almost always win the auction.
The only time I bid at the beginning of an auction is if it has a 'buy it now' price, in which
case I can get it right away...or at least by putting in the starting bid, it disables the buy it
now feature. Otherwise I NEVER bid early.
Now that we've given you all our trade secrests, I suppose the last few seconds of the
Blanding auctions will be that much more exciting!
--- In email@example.com, THOMAS MARKLE <tjmarkle@...> wrote:
> The 10 second rule in bidding is good if you are
> sitting at the computer. Because I'm gone so much I
> can't use the 10 second rule. Is there another way to
> bid that I don't know of? I'm willing to learn if
> there is. I usually figure out how much I can afford
> to bid and in the last day or so just put it in and
> hope. Sometimes it works. I usually try to collect
> the paper ephemera because Wekula collects the
> pottery. I have quite a bit of it and will donate it
> at the right time. I'm torn between donating to
> Oklahoma or Hawaii. I own about 6 original art pieces
> now. I've burned them to CD's for protection and
> backup. tj
> Cadia Los <duchess@...> wrote:
> > The recently imposed "anonymous" bidding applies
> > only to eBay
> > auctions that exceed $200, or that have BIN's or
> > reserve prices at
> > or above this amount.
> > There's some indication that eBay may relax this
> > lack of
> > transparency in the near future. The whole idea
> > was to prevent
> > scammers from contacting underbidders with fake
> > SCO's. Instead, a
> > large number of bidders have stopped bidding on
> > high-end items.
> > However, the successful bidder's ID is always
> > visible once the
> > auction closes. In the most recent example, the
> > high bidder is in
> > Massachusetts and seems to buy autographed items,
> > folk art and rare
> > books. Nothing to indicate this is a Blanding
> > collector.
> > Keith was Bidder 6 -- darn good snipe! -- and I
> > think TJ was Bidder
> > 1. While the bidders' names were still visible, I
> > did not see any
> > other ID's that I recognized. Forgot to write down
> > Bidders 2, 3 and
> > 4 while I had the chance. Bidder 5 is a relative
> > newbie, as
> > evidence by the multiple bids. I think the winner
> > (Bidder 7's
> > snipe) may have bid $500 or more. That's a classic
> > "go for broke"
> > strategy that I don't recommend unless you're
> > prepared to pay the
> > piper.
> > The trick to winning is to "bid once, bid late, bid
> > your max." This
> > prevents other bidders from challenging your bid and
> > eating away the
> > proxy. No guarantees of course, but showing your
> > interest early on
> > is just asking for trouble!
> > ~~Cadia
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