[CR]re ebay rules / The ethics of ending auctions early somewhat OT

(Example: Bike Shops)

Date: Thu, 1 Jan 04 17:03:47 +1300
From: "Wayne Davidson" <wayne.collect@xtra.co.nz>
To: "CR BIKE LIST" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]re ebay rules / The ethics of ending auctions early somewhat OT

Hi all, well I've read a few of the posts and I am sure some of these topics have been disscussed before.
   There are so many tactical ways to bid on eBay and also to sell on eBay. One could write a book on the subjects, but I'm not prepared to watse time writing about it or give away some of my thoughts on it, as some of you I end up bidding against.
   One thing I will say about Mike Wilkinson's idea, we have that system in my homecountry auction site. The seller can use the service for free if desired, as a seller myself I never use it, as a bidder I hate bidding on them. If able I don't buy from that seller either, just a personal thing.
   As far as I am concerned it an auction has a finish time thats it, sure you can snipe if so desired.
   Now to the other subject, ending early, i've been asked a couple of times, on both eBay and local, and have turned down the offers. I have never asked anyone yet, and can't say I would either, very unfair. As a seller I would rather have a happy client base than unhappy ones. Don't get me wrong thou, if my auction does not sell and someone makes an offer later I generally take them up on it. I have had offers to end early and the item not sell, I don't offer it to the person that asked either, as far as I am concerned they should have bidded.
   While on the subject, one of my pet pevs, people listing a Shimano deraileur and using the word Campagnolo in the auction subject line, don't get me wrong, I was only using Shimano as an example, but cripes they don't need to do that, someone searching for Shimano can find it no problems, I guess theres a bit of it out there on eBay.......regards wayne davidson Invers NZ, enjoying a relaxing 1-1-2004 in the sun.........