Continuing from here, i have once again decided to try the ebay anti-snipe rules. However, as pointed out there, there may be issues. Reserve pricing can be expensive, and used against the seller, since the buyer is under no obligation to buy, they can just jack up the price for no reason as long as they know the reserve price. And, that would be integral to this scheme, so that's out.
Also, to state it clearly. I would rather lose money than honor a snipe.
I was thinking of using high "handling" prices, but i realized that will not work for anyone, as those who see it might not understand, those who don't will just complain. Further, the entire idea of anti-snipe may alienate many. This was pointed out to me here. As such, i no longer want to call it anti-snipe. Intead, i am thinking of calling it "Early Bidder Rewards", or simply EBR.
The way EBR could work would be to have extra costs that the user gets discounted. I was thinking of free shipping instead, but that isn't significant enough. So, I started off thinking about a thirty dollar item, and figured the extra costs could be thirty dollars as well. The price would not be inflated by the seller, rather the buyer who understands EBR can inflate the price another $30 with no consequence, and protect himself from snipers.
But wait, there's more.
There are two things i would like to encourage. One, an early initial bid, two, a non-sniped final bid. For the first-bid, i am willing to give up on shipping. Considering shipping for standard items is $3.50 Priority Mail, fifty cents a day can be discounted for each bid. Thus, anyone who bids on the first day (of a seven-day auction) would get free shipping. For the first day, as long as it was before the final hour.
So total discounts would be bidding before (not cumulative):
2 Days: $1.50
3 Days: $2.00
4 Days: $2.50
5 Days: $3.00
6 Days: $3.50
Or, total paid:
Day 1 - $0.00
Day 2 - $0.50
Day 3 - $1.00
Day 4 - $1.50
Day 5 - $2.00
Day 6 - $2.50
Day 7 - $3.00
Final hour - $3.50
This, of course, is regardless of the final bid. Though, heavier items and international shippping would get the same discount, but the rest of the costs would be theirs to pay.
For the final-bid, however, up to thirty dollars would be rewarded depending on when it was placed. If within the last ten seconds (the quintessential snipe), there would be no reward. Anything before that, is encouraged with rewards off the final price. This lists the total (not cummulative) price off when bid before:
30 seconds: $5
1 minute: $10
10 minutes: $15
1 hour: $20
3 hours: $25
1 day: $30
I think this would be very nice. There would be nothing hidden, as shipping is a normal price, and the price will reflect people adding to the price themselves. As, because of the reward, i would not have to add anything myself. Though, i may have to say that it must sell for over $30 for anything to be discounted, though shipping rewards would still apply. And then, over thirty dollars, the rewards would only apply in as far as it is over $30. So, a bid of $1 and $31 would be equivalent, as would be $30 and $60.
To notify people of this, besides the description, the title would say (EBR) on the end, or possibly (EBR: $30). The subtitle (a fifty-cent cost) could then explain, "Early Bidder Rewards: Up to $30 and Free Shipping!".
The only major issue would be the final bids. People should be able to re-bid as they get outbid, without incurring the loss of their rewards. The question is, how to detect when a bid is an original high-bid, as opposed to a re-bid, or if not caring for that, how to encourage people not to bid on the first day some miniscule bid, and then snipe.
Basically, if there is a high-bid on the first day, and ebay bids for the person, it can be noticed when the bid was placed. As such, even if another person snipes and ebay bids the final bid for the first person, it may look like another snipe, but the bid history will show it to be an early bid, based on the less then one-second response to the snipe. However, if the person put in a low bid, and then responded to a 30-second snipe, this would look like another snipe. Basically, how can it be told when a person bids twice, using the first to make the second a winner, and still be elligible for the rewards?
I still need to dwell on that one.