Devilmaycare Cycling Fool
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Wynnum, Australia
Bikes: 1998 Cannondale F700
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I generally do the proxy vote thing. I bid what I think it's worth, which may be less than what I'm prepared to pay. If the bidding goes over that, I'll reconsider closer to the end of the auction. If it's too high I let it go.
For certain items, like the digital camera and mp3 player I bought, I look for auctions with a reasonably priced buy-it-now option (and check that the postage isn't extortionate) and use that.
Another auction site I've seen (but never used) doesn't close bidding until ten minutes after the highest bid. This wipes out all sniping. I kinda wish Ebay would adopt this practice.
In all honesty, I think Ebay is a far better place to sell things than to buy them. My wife scours garage sales for old Lego or Brio and we clean them up if they need it and sell them on ebay for a very tidy profit thankyouverymuch. Not enough to make a business out of it, but it's a hobby.