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Chacham's Journal: Ebay: Anti-Snipe/EBR (again) 8

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I'm still trying out how to prevent sniping on Ebay. The answer is probably going to be with reserve (fees listes here) (as johndiii commented from the start). If I set the reserve at $1000, if it doesn't sell, i'm out $10. Otherwise, it's nothing.

The idea would be to set the reserve higher than anyone would pay. Then, after it's all over, make a Second-Chance Offer to the latest non-sniper. If the buyer takes that, the reserve fees are waived.

The two issues are that if the auction doesn't sell, and that people don't seem to like reserve auctions.

As for it not selling, i just hope it will, and if i'm out ten bucks, it was at least worth the shot. If i get desperate, i can have a friend bid on it for me, and Second-Chance Offer it to him, and just pay the standard fees (and hope that isn't considered circumventing fees.)

As for people not liking reserve auctions. Oh well, i'll just have to deal with it.

Is still think EBR is a good idea, however.

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Ebay: Anti-Snipe/EBR (again)

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  • It is just people acting stupid. People are willing to pay a max price. It does not really matter if they enter in a number, sit back, and let EBay handle the bidding for them, or if they stare at the screen for the last 5 minutes and keep hitting refresh, entering in higher max bid prices until the auction ends!

    You do end up with a slightly smaller pool of buyers, only those who snipe, but since almost everybody on ebay snipes anyway, the overall effect is not much.

    Indeed, for expensive items I see the p
    • People are willing to pay a max price.

      Not really. That's only if they think about it.

      It does not really matter if they enter in a number, sit back, and let EBay handle the bidding for them, or if they stare at the screen for the last 5 minutes and keep hitting refresh, entering in higher max bid prices until the auction ends!

      One is much more exciting. And feels more like a bid.

      You do end up with a slightly smaller pool of buyers, only those who snipe, but since almost everybody on ebay snipes anyway, the ov
      • You must not use ebay much. :)

        Quite often actually, but only for items with well defined price points. Items like a cell phone have a max that people will pay, after that they just go to a buy it now auction.

        Actually EVERY "auction" I have participated in on Ebay, except for two or three, has been Buy It Now. I really don't like the actual auctioning system that much, Ebay just works as a nice store front end. :)

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

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