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Old 06-21-20, 12:34 PM
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Those aren't bots, that's my DW, she calls it sniping. She believes if she bids early it only runs up the price so she has this game of waiting until the last second to place her bid.
Yep. I've seen that happen in bids I've been apart of. I've never been successful at it myself.
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Old 06-21-20, 01:52 PM
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Yep. I've seen that happen in bids I've been apart of. I've never been successful at it myself.
That makes 2 of us!
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Old 06-21-20, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Bigbus View Post
Those aren't bots, that's my DW, she calls it sniping. She believes if she bids early it only runs up the price so she has this game of waiting until the last second to place her bid.

Because that's what it is........

This thread is...........
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Old 06-23-20, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bigbus View Post
Those aren't bots, that's my DW, she calls it sniping. She believes if she bids early it only runs up the price so she has this game of waiting until the last second to place her bid.
If you're bidding on an auction, you're mad if you don't install a sniping browser add-on. I've had good results with it set for three seconds before the end.
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Old 06-27-20, 05:34 PM
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Lolwut

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Lolwut

Did your app win the deal? If not, he's got 4 available. Just add S&H woohoo!
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Old 06-27-20, 09:20 PM
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Stock is up like 30% since January 1st?

It's a minor PR glitch. No need to change anything.

/sarcasm
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Old 06-28-20, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Stock is up like 30% since January 1st?

It's a minor PR glitch. No need to change anything.

/sarcasm
Shock doctrine is in force; it's just another sprinkle in a deluge of scandal.
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Old 06-30-20, 08:43 AM
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There still seem to be people out there who don't understand the concept of proxy bidding. Sniping becomes almost required when you have these people make multiple bids, increasing it by $5 each time until they are the high bidder. And proxy bidding isn't an option on eBay, that's how ebay auctions work.

Some people get upset because they think a bot outbid them by $1.00 instantly after they placed their bid. No, that's not what happened. That $1 was the minimum bid increase and your bid didn't exceed the one some other guy placed three days ago. He may have bid eleventy bajillion dollars more than you, but the proxy bid feature only increases the bid by the minimum amount to keep him "winning". Auctions with a reserve work a little differently until the reserve is met but that's just complicatiing things further if you don't understand proxy bidding to begin with.

Item is listed at $1 starting bid.
I bid $1000 - if no one else bids, I still get it for $1
If you bid $5, that's below my $1000, so proxy bidding ups the current bid to $6 - Your $5 max + the minimum bump.
No one else bids. Auction ends. I bought it for $6 even though my max bid was $1000. I got it for $6, but you weren't outbid by $1, you were outbid by $995.There was no way you were getting it until you exceeded my $1000 bid. And there was no way I was paying $1000 until someone else was willing to bid $990 (or whatever the min increment is when you get up to those levels).

Sniping only works if the sniper is willing to pay more for the item than you have bid. Item goes to the highest bidder. If you're sitting there thinking "I would have paid $100 more if there had been time!" it's your own fault for not bidding $100 more to begin with. In the end, the sniper's bid has to be higher than yours to buy the item. You save nothing by making multiple bids with small increases. The winning bid will always be the minimum increment over the next highest bid, which is rarely the same as the highest bid made. The price is determined by the second highest bidder.

You have no idea what the other guy's max bid was except for rare cases when you bid so close to his max that the difference is less than the minimum bump. If I bid $10 and it sells for $10.01, I lost by a penny. If it sells for $11 I have no clue if his max bid was $11 or $11,0000.
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