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Buying: is it best to bid at the last minute?

(21 Posts)
bunnybunyip Sat 31-Oct-09 15:15:18

I can't work it out, are you at an advantage if you put in a sniper bid at the last minute? If so, I am far too disorganised, are the sniper websites any good?

whomovedmychocolatecookie Sun 01-Nov-09 13:19:10

Nope no advantage. Unless someone bids against you your max bid won't be reached anyway.

tethersend Sun 01-Nov-09 13:28:45

You can avoid a bidding war if you snipe. Some of the sniper sites have stopped working now though, so I am lost sad

whomovedmychocolatecookie: the reason a sniper works well is because people do not have time to bid against you if you do it in the last 5 seconds. Also, I make my maximum bid MUCH higher than the current high bid, knowing that I will still get it for just above the high bid, but the high bidder will not have time to outbid me.

southeastastralbeing Sun 01-Nov-09 13:29:58

yes i do in the last 15 seconds it's fun! and if you put in the very top amount you're prepared to pay you won't feel like to paid too much iykwim.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 01-Nov-09 18:16:00

Free sniper for tethersend.

tethersend Sun 01-Nov-09 21:06:19

OldLadyKnowsNothing, I think I love you smile

tethersend Sun 01-Nov-09 21:07:24

<promises to agree with OldLadyKnowsNothing on any future thread>

TheTerribleSpider Sun 01-Nov-09 22:03:40

Just to pick up on what tethersend said - would this be why goofbay isn't working?

It said that it couldn't connect to ebay and I lost the item I was trying to snipe angry?

What happened with them? Does the new one definitely work?

Thanks!

tethersend Sun 01-Nov-09 22:06:30

Am testing the new one now, TheTerribleSpider... will let you know in 5 mins if it works or not wink

<crosses fingers>

TheTerribleSpider Sun 01-Nov-09 22:08:57

great, good luck grin

TheTerribleSpider Sun 01-Nov-09 22:33:32

How did you get on?

tethersend Sun 01-Nov-09 22:42:31

Keep doing it wrong- it's not as simple as goofbay!

Should know in about 3 mins 16 secs

tethersend Sun 01-Nov-09 22:46:14

Yay! It worked!!!!

Back in the game!!!

TheTerribleSpider Mon 02-Nov-09 14:49:34

What were you doing that was wrong? I'm going to try it later this evening on something.

tethersend Mon 02-Nov-09 14:55:11

Forgot to check the 'activate snipe' box, which is just above where you enter your maximum bid. Once you have done it, the whole box becomes purple.

Test it on an inexpensive item you don't want first though!

Good luck wink

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 02-Nov-09 15:03:26

>>blush at tethersend and resolves not to hold her to her promise. grin<<

I used the sniper last week, it worked fine for me.

TheTerribleSpider Mon 02-Nov-09 20:50:46

Yay!! The you OLKN and tethersend! I'm back up and running grin

I googled goofbay and the error message and it seems that quite a few people are having the same problem. Some think that ebay is blocking snipe bids.

TheTerribleSpider Mon 02-Nov-09 20:51:21

Than was meant to say thank you blush

iheartdusty Mon 02-Nov-09 20:55:03

yes I lost items from using goofbay.

why should ebay block them?

TheTerribleSpider Mon 02-Nov-09 21:46:05

I haven't a clue, could just be conspiracy theories for all I know...
Would higher end prices, achieved by bidding wars make the fees that Ebay receive any higher?

I don't sell so wouldn't be too sure.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 03-Nov-09 01:07:44

Glad the sniper worked; I got it from someone else and happy to pass it on.

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