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eBay auction winning tips?

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9y, 3d agoPosted 9 years, 3 days ago
I HATE the last few minutes of eBay auctions where (the smart people) all leave it till the very last minute to bid. It's VERY frustrating to have watched an auction for days and lose it at the last.

How do people do the eBay thing (outside of the constant page refreshing?) best?

What I usually do is open about 3-5 pages, all with different offers at the ready. I then wait until the last 30 seconds and start putting in offer after offer until everyone else has lost. It's always hard to judge the best time to put in the offers, of course.

Are there any programs that win auctions for you; the sort that auto outbid everything? :?
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banned#1
I just wait for the last 10 seconds and put in the this most I am willing to pay. That way I do not end up bidding any higher. There is always another time.
#2
ebay sniper
#3
There are loads, some free some paid for just google ebay sniping program
#4
Use an auction sniper.

http://www.auction-sentry.com/index.htm

Been using this one for years.
#5
add-man
ebay sniper


How much does he take to kill the competition on average? There wouldn't be much point if he cost too much.
#6
Gixen.com seems pretty good.

What I don't understand is the max bid - Does gixen.com bid what you put or simply bid up to that depending on what the current bid is at that time?

Example: If I put my max bid with a sniping program like gixen.com at £100 and the best price at the time of bidding is £25, what bid would be placed?

There's an auction ending in 15 minutes 'm trying to win. >_<
#7
As i understand it, these programs and sites bid up to your maximum so the winning bid in your example would be £25 + what ever the next increment in bidding is, i.e. if you can bid in increments of 50p it would be £25.50

If I enter my maximum bid in Gixen, will I have to pay that amount if I win?

Not necessarily (except for Dutch auctions). All Gixen does is enter your bid on eBay just before the auction closes, and then eBay's proxy bidding system takes over. The winning bid amount will be the second-highest bid plus up to one increment, which could be much less than your maximum bid. Thus, you should always enter your maximum bid in Gixen, just as you would if you entered it manually directly on eBay. An important exception are Dutch (multiple-item) auctions, in which you pay what you enter (provided you win).
#8
Bah, I lost to some ******* who bid £8.03 - I bid £7.53 with gixen. -___- I knew I shouldn't have been so bloody tight and bidded higher... I saw the chance to get a bargain and decided against it.

I'll only know for sure what gixen does with the bidding (unless someone else experienced with gixen tells me) when I win an auction, where I'll see the winning amount.

I HATE EBAY!!! >__<
banned#9
What was it???
#10
http://*********.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=280179067886&ssPageName=STRK:MEDW:IT&ih=018

Something rare and something I wanted. I only have a PAL ex-rental copy (paid £20 for it on eBay, my first eBay win), which was/is quite painful when I walked past a proper copy in the Gamestation used section once.

The annoying thing is that I got beaten by 51p by a bid he put in days ago... I could've won if I'd just put a £10 bid in easy.

Edit: eBay links don't seem to be allowed. You'll have to replace the **** with eBay.
#11
Try [url]www.auctionsniper.com[/url] I use that for all my bidding. Read the faq and it should answer all your worries.
#12
Tune Up
Bah, I lost to some ******* who bid £8.03 - I bid £7.53 with gixen. -___- I knew I shouldn't have been so bloody tight and bidded higher... I saw the chance to get a bargain and decided against it.

I'll only know for sure what gixen does with the bidding (unless someone else experienced with gixen tells me) when I win an auction, where I'll see the winning amount.

I HATE EBAY!!! >__<


Remember, just because they won with a bid of £8.03, that wasn't necessarily their highest bid, it could have been £20 for all you know, and you never will know the highest bid...

Best way is to decide what your max bid should be, and stick with that. I still think bidding in the last few seconds is best though, just to prevent there being time for others to think about bidding higher...
#13
The highest bid showing has always confused me. I assumed it would show the real bid once the auction ended and there was no need for mystery.

The winner obviously wanted to win it no matter what. The biding staying at £1.97 since no-one had bid against the winner since he entered helped him because it made people bid low during the last few seconds and gave no time for recovery.

eBay truly is the most frustrating place on the net. If you win there's always a high chance of getting ripped off and it's bloody hard to win with the millions who frequent eBay.
#14
Tune Up
The highest bid showing has always confused me. I assumed it would show the real bid once the auction ended and there was no need for mystery.

The highest bid shown at the end was the maximum required to win the auction, it may have been that persons bid, but often not.

If the auction ended at £23.50, the maximum bid may have been £100, you don't know.

Also remember, if you lose the auction by £2 or something like that, don't always feel too bad, it may have been that person actually had put a lot higher than that, so you may have been no where near winning it...
#15
Oh my god, I didn't know sniping programmes existed!!!!!! I'm so behind!!!!
#16
kAREN-ANGEL
Oh my god, I didn't know sniping programmes existed!!!!!! I'm so behind!!!!


Takes the fun out of it!!

Good old manual sniping is half the enjoyment.......or the frustration!
#17
We have used esnipe for quite a few years now. i realise it is not strictly in the spirit of an auction, but i don't get tempted to get caught up in a bidding battle. I set a maximum i am prepared to pay, and leave the automation to it. As Richierea said - yes it may appear that the winning bidder might have only have outbid you by one increment, but that is usually a sign that they also put on a higher maximum bid, prior to yours. In the long run i am happier to know that i haven't paid way over the odds for something i can live without
#18
I'll be using the sniping website I have bookmarked from now on, it's easier than timing the bid yourself. I'll still have to keep a few windows with higher bids in case the bidding goes higher than expected in the last few minutes, though.
#19
Tune Up
I'll be using the sniping website I have bookmarked from now on, it's easier than timing the bid yourself. I'll still have to keep a few windows with higher bids in case the bidding goes higher than expected in the last few minutes, though.


I would still say the best way is to know your max bid at the start, too easy to get carried away and pay way over what its worth.

Then you just need 2 windows, one with the bid ready to go and the other to refresh the current bidding.

But everybody has their own way of course. And if it's you thats selling something, then you're glad there's people out there that get carried away!
1 Like #20
I use gixen all the time now - I love that I can set up 'linked' bids so that if I don't win one thing I will maybe win the next. I find that I often forget to go back and bid for something so this way I don't miss it, and that it helps to limit my competitive spirit so I don't get carried away. However, if I am sitting at the PC when a bid is due I get really nervous that it won't bid on my behalf (it always has though).

To give an example of the max bid question I put a bid in for something today where I told gixen to bid £7.03 - in the end noone else wanted it so I got it for £1 - well happy!

Last week I bid $21.07 AUS on a DS game and was beaten by 50c - I was p'd off at being so tight, until the bloke sent me a 2nd chance offer - then I was glad!


Christine
#21
everydayisxmas
I use gixen all the time now - I love that I can set up 'linked' bids so that if I don't win one thing I will maybe win the next. I find that I often forget to go back and bid for something so this way I don't miss it, and that it helps to limit my competitive spirit so I don't get carried away. However, if I am sitting at the PC when a bid is due I get really nervous that it won't bid on my behalf (it always has though).

To give an example of the max bid question I put a bid in for something today where I told gixen to bid £7.03 - in the end noone else wanted it so I got it for £1 - well happy!

Last week I bid $21.07 AUS on a DS game and was beaten by 50c - I was p'd off at being so tight, until the bloke sent me a 2nd chance offer - then I was glad!


Christine


Yay, so the bids don't go higher than they need to, meaning in future I can put in my best bid via gixen and leave it! Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:

About the linked bid thing, would you mind explaining how to do it? I'd be interested in setting something like that up, but I want to make sure I do it correctly and only bid on one item.
#22
This auto-sniping could become quite addictive - Put in your best bid for what you want, forget about it and see if you get it cheaper than your best. eBaying without the stress involved.

I just hope the above the helpful person above me isn't wrong about the best bids not being used unless needed. :P
1 Like #23
I like watching an item i'm buying or selling for the last few minutes to see how it goes, refreshing the page. It makes it more fun / exciting when your bidding, then in the last 30 seconds (or 10 seconds) you can play chicken by entering in amounts and bidding. Or the sensible option of entering the highest amount your willing to pay, and you just pay the price shown.

I'm sure other people have explained it, but here you go -

3 fictional ebayer - john7, rem2006 and rogerttt are bidding!

John7 bids £3 to begin with, but as its only a £0.99 start it still shows £0.99.

But then rogerttt bids £2.01, but he is instantly outbidded as John7 has bid higher, so the amount will go up to about £2.11 minimum bid.

rem2006 fancies a bid and enters £8 - he really wants the item! This outbids John7, so the new minimum amount to bid goes to around £3.20. The price the item is at now shows £3.10, so if it ended now thats all rem2006 would pay. But if someone bidded higher, the bid would keep increasing until he reaches £8 - thats all he agreed to.

john7 comes in at the end and does just that, first trying £6.00 but thats not enough, the price of the item goes up to £6.10. But john7 has had enough, types in £10 and manages to secure the item for around £8.10 when the auction ends.

I hope this explains it a bit, or may just confuse you!
1 Like #24
jjintheuk
I hope this explains it a bit, or may just confuse you!


Thanks, your post clarified how the eBay bidding system works - I always thought the bid you put in was what you had to pay, I didn't know you only had to pay the max amount if other bids forced the value up. I might've worked it out for myself a few years earlier if I'd read the instructions. :p

What happens to rem2006 and rogerttt after losing to john 7; do they join forces and come up with a plan to get revenge on him?
#25
Just check out how much the item usually sells for and add a fiver or so. Put that in as a max bid with a few secs left and usually all but the most stalwart will be bidding less than the going rate :)
You don't end up paying the full max bid usually. If you put in a max of £110.05 for an item that usually sells for £105, you'll probably get it for about £103 or so, as most will just wait for another opportunity to get it at a lower price.
#26
I've gone up to the max amount of auctions you can snip at once (10), just gonna see how they go now. It's quite fun. :D

3/10 I actually want and have put in fairly high snips for them. The others are just fun tests on cheaper/less rare games that I don't care about losing - Killzone, DMC3, R&C3.
#27
Just had a look at the Gixen site. I'm really interested in it but feel very very uncomfortable giving over my Ebay account name and password as i've just had a bad experience where somebody had hacked into somebody elses account and sold goods that weren't there to sell - just got people to pay via Paypal.
Can anybody tell me whether they have any worries about this???
#28
Prissymiss
I just wait for the last 10 seconds and put in the this most I am willing to pay. That way I do not end up bidding any higher. There is always another time.


DITTO.....but always finish my bid with .02p as alot of people finish theirs with .01p

It fills me with so much joy when i beat somebody by 1p and picture them hopping around the lounge pulling their hair out shouting "why didn't i bid more!" :evil:
#29
golfchip
DITTO.....but always finish my bid with .02p as alot of people finish theirs with .01p

It fills me with so much joy when i beat somebody by 1p and picture them hopping around the lounge pulling their hair out shouting "why didn't i bid more!" :evil:


And that is why I put in the extra '05' to beat the '02' people :-D
#30
Scribbles
And that is why I put in the extra '05' to beat the '02' people :-D


I have been beaten by a .05p before :x

And before you ask.....no i wasn't hopping around the lounge!
#31
lol ive never lost an auction! unless it went higher than i wanted to pay!
#32
kAREN-ANGEL
Just had a look at the Gixen site. I'm really interested in it but feel very very uncomfortable giving over my Ebay account name and password as i've just had a bad experience where somebody had hacked into somebody elses account and sold goods that weren't there to sell - just got people to pay via Paypal.
Can anybody tell me whether they have any worries about this???


I read a round-up of the auction sniping services and I think about 10,000 people use it. I've had no problems whatsoever so far - Nothing suspicious, all my bids have been on time and it's easy to set-up linked bids. Considering you have to pay for most auction sniping services and most are downloadable programs, gixen is awesome.

About the 2p thing, I end mine with 7p.
#33
I end mine with 7 too!!!! lol
banned#34
Antj87
lol ive never lost an auction! unless it went higher than i wanted to pay!


Thats the idea:thumbsup:
#35
i use to use auction stealer if that is still going, but dont often use ebay now.
#36
a nice little tip that i've been using lately is.... if there's something you are looking for, select the buy it now option then select to show newly listed items. reason being, if something is listed at a really good price somebody somewhere will find it and buy it eventually but if you keep checking newly listed, you will find the item listed at a good buy it now price before somebody else snaps it up.....
does that make sense? its been a long day!
#37
my tip is this , theres an item your after , its at 99p and your happy to pay a tenner so bid on it at the 99p , then again at 105p then 110p then again at 120 p etc etc , get say 10 bids in , then ignore it until the end then you bid 10 quid and a few pence to secure it , the reason ? people see the amount of bids and think sod that , he really wants that if hes happy to place that many bids , if they persit they normally beat your final bid ( of about 3 quid ) right at the end but tough luck you get your bigger bid in and they dont have time to build the bid up higher so you would pay more

the other thing mentioned , if you get an instant second chance then 9 times out of 10 you have been conned , sorry , not telling how incase someone uses it themselfs
#38
Gixen has won an auction I probably would've lost previously - Metroid Prime for £4.70 + £1.80 P&P. There was a bid 10 seconds from the end, mine was 5 seconds. :w00t: Onto getting the sequel...

http://*********.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=160186589687&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=006

The first auction I won I needn't have used Gixen since there was no comp. I won Killzone for 99p, but the £2.50 P&P and the fact someone got it for 99p + £1 P&P makes me wish I'd waited a little.

I'm seriously going to have to stop myself from using Gixen, it's so addicting now the stress of getting beat has vanished.
#39
With regard to getting a 2nd chance offer - I may have been shill-bidded but I'm not bothered because I still got the item for less than I could have got it anywhere else.

I have sold a couple of duplicate items on Ebay this week and have made people genuine 2nd chance offers because their bid is reasonable, but so far noone has taken me up on them - I think people are very wary of 2nd chance offers.

My best tip for winning is not to bid at all - let Gixen do the work, don't let anyone else know you are interested. That way if someone has placed a bid but sees no other interest they might not be sitting there waiting for the end with such enthusiasm as if they know you are interested.

If you want to link more gixen auctions all you have to do is put a link to their website from your website (if you have one) and send them the link to the page - you get upgraded for free and can link unlimited auctions.

Christine
#40
Always enter an unusual amount - if you want to bid £10 as your highest bid, enter £10.01, and put your highest proxy bid on in the last 30 seconds of the auction.

Steve

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