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Hey, anyone else out there tired of e-bay? I'm sick of babysitting an item in the last few hours so some guy doesn't outbid me on something by a dollar.

I'm sticking to placing want-ads here - I've never not had a number of replies any time I've placed an ad here...

Just my 2 cents - I had to get it off my chest...

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I hate on ebay when it says the current price is 50.00 but when you go bid say 55 it says youre outbid. why must the current bid price be a secret? i cant stand it
 

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I know what you mean. I place a bid that is what I will pay, no more. If I get it fine, if not, another usually comes along in a while.

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I feel your pain, I've spent many a time waiting to bid on something, just for the price to go up too high, or for someone to sneak in a last minute bid and beat me. Now if I need a part, I stick to classifieds. It's nice to know other people are tired of ebay as well.
 
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Good point.

Another thing - a lot of guys won't ship to Canada - what's with that? I'm paying the shipping anyway...I wonder why it matters?

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I think that's what it's called. You can set your bidding to autobid for you, it's the only chance a user on a dial up has on the hot items. When I sold my TT2s on eBay I was amazed at the last minute action --- but that's the way the game is played.

I don't think I would buy anything there and I am reluctant to sell things there too based on the amount of work it actually entails. Still I'm amazed at what it has become, I used it a few times in the very early days and actually thought it would never takeoff (was I ever wrong).

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JUST A NOTE ON THE SHIPPING TO CANADA. I DO SHIP TO CANADA AND I HATE THE PAPER WORK IS UNREAL. IT'S A PAIN. BUT I DO IT TO BE FAIR TO EVERYONE. DENVER
 
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Okay, I'll be the goon to say something nice about Ebay. I pulled some old KYB shocks out of my 'Stang. They'd been in there for about 5 years, though they didn't have too many miles on them. Anyway, they were too stiff for my taste, but I didn't want to throw them away so I put them on Ebay for $10 and said I'd apply that to free shipping -- "free to a good home" kinda thing. Anyway, some guy bought them for $60! They only cost twice that new. I kinda felt bad taking his money, but hey, he's the one who bid on 'em...

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The trick to buying on eBay is to place your bid up to the maximum value you are willing to pay, meaning that one dollar more than that amount is enough for you to be willing to walk away. And then hold to it. Too many people view the auctions as a win-lose when they should be viewed as a value setting exercise and nothing more.

I will admit that I'm one of those last minute snipers because I will watch something to see what happens on the bidding and then place my bid right near the end. The reason for that is that so many people are irrational in their bidding and as soon as bidding starts on something it turns into a competitive event. I avoid that by coming in during the last few minutes and placing a maximum bid that reflects the most I'm willing to pay. If I lose, so be it, but I've only lost a couple. After I've gotten my item, I've seen the lower bidders start on the same item from a different seller and drive it substantially higher than the one I got.

The most extreme example was a '70 Shelby GT500 convertible die-cast in Acapulco Blue. I got mine for $62.00, which was original retail. The only other one for auction then went for $85.00 2 hours later.

So my advice is to treat the auctions exactly the same as you would treat buying a part from NPD or Mustangs Unlimited. Decide what the item is worth, place your bid near the end of the auction to avoid triggering a frenzy, and walk away if the price goes above the value you placed on the item.

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i hate that too when you place a bid and then it say you have been outbidden!
 

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You know ebay is a weird kind of world. You think your bid is going to be high enough to win only to have a person outbid you.

Well sorry to say this is my trick.
wait for one minute for the auction to end. get your bid in the box click refresh until about 20 seconds or less and place your bid. sorry to say that is the best chance you got to make your bid the final one.
 

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I have a simple and inexpensive solution. I purchased i-Snipeit bidding software for $15. It will automatically log on to eBay unattended and make the bid for you. I have my software setup to place the bid 20 seconds before the auction closes. I have won several bids with this software and I don't get caught up in the "game" most other people are willing to play.

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I know it seems uncool to bid on something at the very last minute but I will explain why it is done. I purchased an engine for 305 dollars on e-bay. The price from the start of bidding till the last 3 minutes was around 100 dollars. I was the first to place my bid, which was a proxy of 450 dollars. Right after that many started bidding. The price kept going up every time I hit the refresh button and finally ended at 305. If I had put my proxy at 450 a week earlier then that price would have been eclipsed and I would not have gotten what I wanted. Not only that but the final cost would have been much higher and if I did put a much higher proxy I would have needlessly wasted hundreds of dollars.
It is a good thing that so many of the other bidders were so stupid because they kept bidding to the next increment and not placing a higher bid thus of course being out bidded by my proxy and also using up time to place bids.
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I personally like e-bay. Maybe sometimes frustrating, but all in all, I like it!!

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I love ebay. I'm restoring a car with Day 2 speed parts. I have found parts on ebay(mostly NOS) that I have been looking for over 10 years at swap meets. You can't hit every region of the country going the swap meet route. I have also sold a lot of stuff on ebay to finance my cars construction.
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I like the convenience of E-bay and have gotten some great bargains on items that were badly needed for my projects. Some I sort of snuck in and "stole" and others I had to snipe but if you limit yourself to your maximum bid you'll do okay. I only got stuck once when I found the needed part for less after placing the high bid. I sure wish I'd gotten sniped that time. *G*

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I think you've got a good point there, Mach1 - it's being able to set that maximum and being able to walk away after. Over the past few days, I've found that most guys will ship to Canada if you contact them. Maybe it's not as bad as I originally thought...

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