i sorta think the problem is the idea that your "winning" something...rathe r than buying something. greg "lost plenty of items due to sniping, but thats okay" piwonka austin tx
> Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 19:01:36 -0500
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Subject: Re: [CR]Ebay ethics, last minute bidding, sniping etc....
> At 02:59 PM 23/02/2008 -0800, Derek Willburn wrote:
> >Sniping has nothing to do with it. If you get beaten
> >on ebay, it's because someone else was willing to pay
> >more than you -pretty simple.
> Well, yes and no. Lately I've been manually sniping in the last half minu te
> or so, but my maximum bid has been what I'd made up my mind beforehand th at
> the item was worth to me. Sure, I could have entered that bid anytime, bu t
> I've held off because so many folks get caught up in the chase and go ove r
> what they originally figured was a reasonable maximum just to get the ite m
> for an exhorbitant price. Some might even keep bidding to drive the price
> up beyond what they would ever pay just to screw another bidder with deep
> pockets who wants the item even more. In my opinion, that's quite
> counterproductive because it artificially drives up price of that
> particular item and affects future auctions. But that's how eBay wants it .
> They want people to pay more than they really think the item is worth.
> Otherwise, they could just make it a silent auction where everyone enters
> their maximum bid with the highest one winning the item and no emotions
> involved. I much prefer entering my maximum as late as is possible with m y
> computer and connection and take my chances. If someone else outbids me a
> second from the end with the help of software, so be it. Those using
> sniping aids have already predetermined the maximum they will pay. If it' s
> more than I'd pay, good luck to them. There's more fish in the sea.
> John Betmanis
> Woodstock, Ontario