Peter J. wrote:
"sense of fair play calls for all bids to be up front and early. We could go round and round debating the ethics of this....
Peter Jourdain Whitewater, Wisconsin USA"
No ethics involved. No fair-play either. People behave during ebay auctions EXACTLY the way they behave at normal in-person auctions. In a normal, in-person auction, no-one reveals how much they're willing to pay until the end of bidding. Ebay's proxy-bid system violates that basic tactic: it forces you to reveal what you're willing to pay.
Snipe systems fix this problem, by allowing all bidders to bid exactly as they would at a real auction. Sniping makes ebay into a REAL auction site.
Anyone who bids their maximum amount early is simply naive, or someone with deep pockets, or someone who enjoys showing off how much they're willing to spend, more than they enjoy getting a fair deal.
Charles "I enjoy a fair deal, so I ALWAYS snipe" Andrews
Local Galactic group