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UGH! Just missed out on a really nice pair of B&W 802 Matrix S3!!!

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Posted on March 6, 2017 at 09:37:46
David S.
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Saw a reasonably local pair up on ebay a few days back. Asked seller if he'd be up for me making a road trip & handing him cash to save on shipping charges - and he was all for it.

So... Last night was the end of auction.

And, of course? Last night? High winds apparently knocked a tree into nearby power lines. FUuuuuuuudddddge!!!

So, this morning, I manage to log back on to ebay & just see what the results were. And? Sure as HECK, high bid was less than I would have been willing to plop down.

Damn damn damn damn damn!

Yeah, lots of people suggest using a bidding service/proxy, and I've never heard of any real issues, but STILL don't trust giving all my info to such a place...

 

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LOL - Another reason to utilize a "Snipe" service (nt), posted on March 6, 2017 at 11:21:01
Steve O
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Yep. gixen.com., posted on March 6, 2017 at 12:55:31
Bry
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Their desktop app is handy for keeping an eye on things too.

Also, a smartphone is handy for when your local service is down.

 

RE: UGH! Just missed out on a really nice pair of B&W 802 Matrix S3!!!, posted on March 6, 2017 at 17:41:40
fantja
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UGH or URGH?

 

RE: UGH! Just missed out on a really nice pair of B&W 802 Matrix S3!!!, posted on March 7, 2017 at 03:47:42
cawson@onetel.com
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> Yeah, lots of people suggest using a bidding service/proxy, and I've never heard of any real issues, but STILL don't trust giving all my info to such a place...

You can always enter your top offer at an early stage. Ebay will only use this big offer in small chunks as and when others outbid you. I've just bought a DVD for 3.30 after offering a top bid of 15 in the Ebay box.

Never used bidding services - can't see the point unless you don't trust Ebay to buy as low as possible from your top offer price.

 

"Can't see the point...", posted on March 7, 2017 at 07:09:23
Bry
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The reason is psychology. People are willing to pay much more in the final moments of an auction to keep from losing something. If you put in a big proxy bid early, other interested parties have a lot of time to think about whether they'll bump it up a few more times to try to outbid you. If your high bid appears at the last moment, they may want to get in another bid, but either won't see that they're losing or won't have time to respond. So, sniping gives the previous top bidder a false sense of security.

 

Yeah, but one of these days, these sniping services are gonna get hacked..., posted on March 7, 2017 at 07:09:37
David S.
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If they haven't already.

I can just imagine the fun, if one day I wake up with a notification from ebay that I'd won - EVERYTHING.

 

Change your password when you use one., posted on March 7, 2017 at 07:11:29
Bry
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If there's something you really want, change your password to match what the sniping service has. After the auction change it to something no one else has.

 

EXACTLY what you're saying., posted on March 7, 2017 at 07:13:06
David S.
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For quite a few items I quite wanted, but COULD find elsewhere, I have simply entered the highest amount I'd be willing to pay.

Almost every darn time? Right towards the end, there are a flurry of bids that drive the price up to & just beyond what I bid, even though the item could be bought at slightly less money elsewhere.

 

Decent solution, but seems a hassle., posted on March 7, 2017 at 07:16:08
David S.
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Scares me a bit, when ebay has some instant funding/payment options built in. Wouldn't want one of these "services" having access to those things.

 

I approach the Internet with the assumption that EVERYTHING has already been hacked..., posted on March 7, 2017 at 08:21:12
Steve O
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...if not by nefarious evil doers then certainly by most big governments and their agencies.

 

RE: EXACTLY what you're saying., posted on March 7, 2017 at 09:56:14
Bry
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That's what's funny, when a quick online search turns up a lower price. I once made a little money that way. I looked on ebay for a service manual for a particular HP laser printer and discovered that people were paying $70-80 for it. I found it online for $20 so I bought 10 and promptly sold them all.

 

Why didn't you leave the house and go log on somewhere else ?..nt., posted on March 13, 2017 at 13:00:54
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Nt.

 

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