Anaximander Thales wrote:Additionally, those that use EBay as their primary income source may run in to time constraints if their auctions are running hours or days over the end time. I say this because not every person that puts an item up for sale on EBay are holding that item. This is why you get a differing range of shipping prices. The item that your buying may be shipped from overseas even though the seller is in your city.
Also that's a bad idea because what if you are selling time sensitive items like sports or concert tickets?
Jim_UK wrote:Do you think that this last second bidding is ethical?
Ethical? Sure. Fun for the other bidder? Not always. I almost always snipe because I usually get it for less than if I bid days before it ends and let other users bid too. But then again, plenty of times somebody out snipes me so all's fair in love and war...or something like that.
Techie-Micheal wrote:I won't list the site for spam purposes, but there's one site I've known about for years now that snipes for you for a fee of course
I use one site that gives you up to 3 free snipes a week. Otherwise I do it manually or through my mobile phone.
Jim_UK wrote:Yes missed it again.
I waited until it was down to 5 seconds and then put in a bid.
Usually if someone has bid higher (max bid) then you would get a message showing a red cross and saying that you had been outbid.
Fair enough but I got the Green tick showing that I was the highest bidder (closing second here)
Suddenly I was outbid - presumably not by a pre-entered max as I was shown as having the highest.
How could someone with around a second to go see my bid and outbid me by £1-50 remembering that they do not see my max bid but just the standard increase on the previous high?
In that last second they would have to make multiple bids to overtake mine unless of course they had access to tell them what my max bid was!!
Simple tip: never bid "even" amounts like 2.50 or 5 or 10. Instead always bid unusual amounts like 5.07 or 10.58. Why? Well it's due to a loophole in the eBay system. Example: item is currently at 5. You snipe for 10.08. Another bidder snipes for 10 even. You still are the highest bidder with your snipe since it's 0.08 more. Of course somebody could get another bid in but it can be hard in the last few seconds.
There are some folks that seem to make their living on postal charges. I understand that you have to cover packing materials, and the cost of the trip to the post office. But in the US if you ship priority mail the post office provides the boxes, they will even deliver the boxes to your house. And
you can schedule a pickup so you don't have to leave your house. There's no reason to charge $20 for "shipping and handling" for a package that costs $5 to ship. And handle.
Actually now it's against eBay rules to charge excessive amount for shipping so report them with the link at the bottom of the page!
drathbun wrote:I now make sure I look at the shipping charges before I bid on something.
And always be wary of people that don't either give a flat shipping charge or offer a calculator. Sometimes they surprise you with huge shipping charges! Always get shipping and handling costs in writing before bidding.
drathbun wrote:And eBay recently provided a way for people to rate the shipping stuff as a separate line item from the actual transaction, which is nice. I think there are four different rating categories now, but I don't recall what they are off-hand.
That's correct...you can also rate the seller on shipping costs, shipping speed, communication, and how accurate was the description on a scale of 1 to 5.
ryan1918dotcom wrote:If I want something I check it out, hopefully it don't have any bids or many at all, than I bookmark the page
Just put it in My eBay. Easier that way.
Maybe month ago i decided to buy some cd. It is only way to buy this cd i think, but oh well as a newcomer i didn't read too much, i filled all required data, win the auction, and after 2 days just realized that this is cassete that i win
i tried to cancel my bid and so on, but with no luck
well i did not pay...i got warning from ebay...So how things are going in such cases? they redo the auction or that?
If the auction said it was a CD but you got a cassette you have a good case. If not, then you need to pay since your bid is a legal contract to pay if you win.