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Driven1
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Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new
      #5740995 - 03/18/13 03:46 PM

Been watching an LXD 75 Mount for the past 3 days. This puppy was already hypertuned and had the Warp Drive Belt system. Nobody bid on it at all in those 3 days. Figured I was Golden and would get it at a REALLY good price! As usual, in the very last seconds of the auction, 2 other bidders popped in and I lost it. In the end, it went for $480 plus shipping. Somebody's a happy camper but it isn't me.

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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: Driven1]
      #5741012 - 03/18/13 03:55 PM

The word "sniper" comes to mind!Oh, and "if you snooze ya loose"!

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ahopp
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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: t.r.]
      #5741033 - 03/18/13 04:03 PM

The great thing about beating your head against the wall; It feels so good when you quit...

Tony


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ahopp
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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: ahopp]
      #5741035 - 03/18/13 04:04 PM

What do they normally go for?

Tony


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Driven1
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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: ahopp]
      #5741048 - 03/18/13 04:09 PM

Depends on the mount. With this one already being Hypertuned and with the Warp Drive, it was probably easily worth double that $480.

I'll see you all after I get back from the ER to get my forehead patched up.


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: t.r.]
      #5741049 - 03/18/13 04:10 PM

I personaly don't wait till the end to bid. I put what is the most I will pay and let the auto bidding do its job.

Whoever has the "highest bid reserve" is going to win whether you bid with days or seconds to go.

Just figure out what you max is and don't look till the bids over. The auto bidding will keep you on top till someone is willing to pay more.

You will always find ways to justify acouple more dollars to be top bid and before you know it you're paying alot more than you set out to.


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: Driven1]
      #5741080 - 03/18/13 04:29 PM

have you checked out the classifieds lately

http://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=76333&sor...


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Driven1
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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5741161 - 03/18/13 05:03 PM

How is it possible I missed that! Thanks Dan!

Edited by Driven1 (03/18/13 09:03 PM)


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: palmer570]
      #5741198 - 03/18/13 05:20 PM

Quote:

I personaly don't wait till the end to bid. I put what is the most I will pay and let the auto bidding do its job.

Whoever has the "highest bid reserve" is going to win whether you bid with days or seconds to go.

Just figure out what you max is and don't look till the bids over. The auto bidding will keep you on top till someone is willing to pay more.

You will always find ways to justify acouple more dollars to be top bid and before you know it you're paying alot more than you set out to.




good advise-many times I have wished that I listened to your wisdom
edj


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5741450 - 03/18/13 07:05 PM

Ebay is like that. I agree that you should know your maximum bid and just enter it before the very end - but at the same time I sometimes like to wait hoping that the price will stay low and if nobody is paying attention when the auction ends you might get a better price than if you put your max bid early and someone else drives the price to your maximum 4 days before the auction ends.

I have gotten some really good deals on ebay - so I think it is just the luck of the draw as to who notices an item during the time it is listed.

Dave


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: russell23]
      #5741771 - 03/18/13 09:12 PM

I tired really fast of losing pretty much every auction I participated in, so I learned to snipe. So, now it's either buy it now or I snipe. Otherwise, I don't waste my time.

Bill


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: kansas skies]
      #5741803 - 03/18/13 09:30 PM

I snipe. I once put a 25 cent bid on something just to keep the dealer from pulling the auction, and later looked in to see that it had 6 bids... Someone put in 5 bids to beat my quarter and run it up to 30 cents. Nothing unfair or immoral with doing this, but since some people seem to set their value by what other people bid, I just don't leave them the time to do slowly run it up. I did get the item for 20 something dollars with my snipe at the end.
Marty


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5742146 - 03/19/13 01:09 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I personaly don't wait till the end to bid. I put what is the most I will pay and let the auto bidding do its job.

Whoever has the "highest bid reserve" is going to win whether you bid with days or seconds to go.

Just figure out what you max is and don't look till the bids over. The auto bidding will keep you on top till someone is willing to pay more.

You will always find ways to justify acouple more dollars to be top bid and before you know it you're paying alot more than you set out to.




good advise-many times I have wished that I listened to your wisdom
edj


Actually the best advice is to do that but bid at the last moment. Bidding high early allows people to get emotional and try to outbid you thus jacking the price up. If you bid the most you are willing to pay at the last possible moment it doesn't give people the time to bid against you with their emotions. You just need to have the strength to determine that price ahead of time and stick to it when it comes time to place it.

There is nothing wrong with sniping like this -- you are simply using the rules to minimize the price you are paying.


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! [Re: ThreeD]
      #5742480 - 03/19/13 09:18 AM

How 'bout being a sniper yourself! Wait till the last seconds....then, put in your maximum bid!!!

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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: RobertED]
      #5742532 - 03/19/13 09:55 AM

Quote:

How 'bout being a sniper yourself! Wait till the last seconds....then, put in your maximum bid!!!


Isn't that what I said to do? I've been doing it for 16 years. The only auctions where I didn't do this were my first few -- ever since then I've always placed my first and only bid within 10 seconds of the auction close. To do anything else is almost ensuring you will pay more.

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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: ThreeD]
      #5743146 - 03/19/13 02:51 PM

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To do anything else is almost ensuring you will pay more.





or someone else to pay more.


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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5743464 - 03/19/13 05:04 PM

Don't hate! Like others here say - snipe. There are even websites that snipe for you.

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Driven1
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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: steveyo]
      #5743831 - 03/19/13 07:30 PM

Well, all has turned out well anyway. My SN 10 is gonna be happy. Purchased the mount that was advertised here. Thanks Dan! And, I guess, it's back to sniping concerning anything Ebay.

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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! [Re: Driven1]
      #5743853 - 03/19/13 07:46 PM

no problemo.

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Re: Oh, I freakin' hate Ebay! new [Re: ThreeD]
      #5745107 - 03/20/13 01:06 PM

Quote:

Quote:

How 'bout being a sniper yourself! Wait till the last seconds....then, put in your maximum bid!!!


Isn't that what I said to do? I've been doing it for 16 years. The only auctions where I didn't do this were my first few -- ever since then I've always placed my first and only bid within 10 seconds of the auction close. To do anything else is almost ensuring you will pay more.



Often the end time is when I have no computer access.Which may have saved me from bankruptcy!
Nevertheless, many astro items have been found there at reasonable prices.And I watch those with unreasonable go to wealthier bidders or languish.


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