Ebay buying help when bidding, etc .....

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  1. 3.8TransAM

    3.8TransAM 1989 Turbo Trans AM

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    Anyone hear give me some ebay buying tips when bidding?

    Never seem to get anything I try to(I know I'm cheap dammit, but there are deals to be had)

    Is it always a pain in the ass or am I dealing with bots and scripts or just people who have money to piss away.

    Even try jumping in under the last minute and still end up with shiznit for my effort.

    Anyone care to enlighten me? Would appreciate it

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. The Dark Seeker

    The Dark Seeker Well-Known Member

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    How fast is your connection? I typically wait til the last 15 seconds on a bid :D 
     
  3. 3.8TransAM

    3.8TransAM 1989 Turbo Trans AM

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    Got comcast so it moves pretty damned fast :D 

    Any other tips or ideas?

    Just always seem to lose out ............
     
  4. TrueNomadSkies

    TrueNomadSkies Airachnid's ratservant

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    If you want your bidding done right, do it yourself. Well, unless of course there's a high enough chance of getting shot in the face, in which case having disposable lackies can be a good thing. In either case, never hesitate, never venture into the field unprepared, and above all... never compromise.
     
  5. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    Ebay:
    Watch it like a hawk and have plenty of patience.
     
  6. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    Put in your maximum bid from the beginning. That way the system auto-bids so long as the bid is under your max.

    If you want sniping help, do that except with like 2 seconds left.

    So basically get deeper pockets.
     
  7. 3.8TransAM

    3.8TransAM 1989 Turbo Trans AM

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    Good lackies are hard to find, I expect your resume on my desk in the morning lol If you do well you shall become the right hand lackey(never mind that doesnt sound good at all):)  There shall be no compromise

    Pockets aren't the issue, I know what things go for and I track ebay and private hand transactions, so I know my limits, just trying to find the strategy to make it pay when it comes to actually getting what I'm aiming for.
     
  8. beanman

    beanman Not a Decepticon

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    Sniping is the only thing that works. Oh, and finding auctions that end at awkward times (middle of the night, middle of the work day, etc.). Just be patient and prepared to lose many auctions before you win at the right price.
     
  9. The Dark Seeker

    The Dark Seeker Well-Known Member

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    I'm surprised no one mentioned that one thing I PM'd you about yet. :D 
     
  10. beanman

    beanman Not a Decepticon

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    Wait, I want to know too!
     
  11. KnightSaberAmi

    KnightSaberAmi Nyan Nyan

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    Here's what I do and seems to have worked well for me in the past:

    I open the auction in 3 windows and ensure I'm logged into evil bay during the last 15 minutes or so of the auction.

    Decide how much I'm willing to pay and enter that into the last window.

    Enter the starting bid into the first.

    Enter the median price in the second.

    Now during the last few seconds this what I do: In the first window hit confirm and if outbid immediately in the first window, I move to second window and confirm on the fly. If outbid again move the max price window bid and confirm. If I happen to lose out on the third window then it obviously wasn't meant to be.


    Some use this tactic with 2 windows but I find it more effective with 3. Good luck!
     
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  12. The Dark Seeker

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    Well alright. I'll share. Sometimes you'll want to pay attention to the list of bids. Watch the top one. If the person that is on the top of the list (the high bidder) has his in at a date and time EARLIER than the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th bidder and so forth.....more than likely, that person put in a nice high bid. Sometimes the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th bidder and so on are the same person or the same two persons. I usually try to avoid those auctions because its usually more than what I want to pay for an item. But you can always try your hand in it if you want.
     

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