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mellowhead
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Registered: ‎26-07-2013
why do i keep getting outbid, even at the last second? Is there an electronic way of bidding ......

please can someone tell me the secret to winning the bidding, is there a formula that you can put in beforehand?  i get outbid everytime even though i do it at the last second .... is it just bad luck or is there something i should know!  Answers greatfully recieived.

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mecannoman
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Registered: ‎27-10-2007
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in reply to mellowhead

Ebay is not like an auction house where you bid against the next guy, upping your bid as you go until one of you drops out and there is a winner.

 

Because ebay have a set finish time, you need to decide how much you want to pay, the absolute maximum, not the I might bid higher max.

 

You then place that bid. (plus a few pennies in case someone else has the same top bid)

 

A lot of people wait until as close to the end as they dare or use a snipe site.

 

The highest of these bids will win, which is not necessarily the last bid placed as Ebay will bid for you until you are either outbid or you win the item.

 

If you are being outbid you are not bidding high enough, highest bid wins, no matter when it was placed.

nixi2-6900
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Registered: ‎19-12-2008
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in reply to mellowhead

You are being outbid most likely by a sniper.

It workes like this.

Say an item is sitting at £20.00

To you it is worth £45.00, to me it is worth £100.00

So you place your bid of 45

I wait until seconds before the auction ends, and place my bid off 100

You are outbid, and have no time to place another bid

Whereas, I may end up paying 100 for the item, or I may get it for less, depending on who else bids and how much they bid

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julie19090_0
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Registered: ‎22-12-2010
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in reply to mellowhead

If an item is popular you are very unlikely to win just by bidding one increment above the current highest bid.

 

Place your maximum bid within the last few seconds (less than 5 seconds and your bid may not get fully recognised). Either do it manually or use a sniping tool.

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smartierush2012
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Registered: ‎09-11-2013
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SNIPERS with specialised computer tools to outbid on specialised items eg vintage clothing to be sold on for massive profit , ordinary person hasn't hope in hell !
378ruth
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Registered: ‎29-11-2011
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in reply to mellowhead

use a sniping tool and place your highest bid in it, that is what most people do .

smartierush2012
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Registered: ‎09-11-2013
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Sniping sites are very common tools of the specialist shopper ,vintage clothing , antiques etc. Yes there are extremely unfair and are one of the reasons I no longer wish to buy or sell on eBay . Feel eBay should ensure against this and yes upping or biding against another buyer is one thing but can't beat snipers no matter what you bid , therefore where's the fun . Don't set your heart on getting anything off eBay with these guys playing so unfair xx
isisthecat09
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Registered: ‎05-06-2009
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Don't bid round amounts.

 

E.g., if you're prepared to spend up to £20, then bid £20.13 Ending with a few odd pennies can help you win.

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nixi2-6900
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Registered: ‎19-12-2008
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in reply to mellowhead

Hi

 

It is the highest bid that always wins, not the latest.

If you are being outbid, then someone else values the item more than you and has bid more money.

Always bid your maximum as late as you can, you might even get some change back.

Also have a look on Google for auction sniper software

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