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eBay Sniping
I discovered an incredible collection of D&D modules on eBay recently. I couldn't help but bid on it, though I was sure it would go higher than I was willing to pay. I counted a good 25 modules in there I don't own, plus a handful I do, plus all the Mentzer rule books. The end price of $256 seems to me very reasonable. Still, that's a lot of money to be tossing on old D&D books. I'm not sure whether to be bummed or relieved that I didn't win.

And I admit, I did use sniping software to place my bid. When I was new to eBay, I used to hate snipers. But the fact is that if you use eBay without getting sucked into the emotional bidding nonsense, it shouldn't matter if there are snipers or not. You place a bid for the most you are willing to pay, and the system bids for you automatically up to that point. So really there should be no difference if someone outbids you 2 seconds before close or 2 days before close.

The fact is, sniping makes it easier to avoid getting sucked into the bidding game. 'Hmm, was that really the most I want to spend? Surely it's worth a few dollars more.' That's the road eBay wants you to go down. And it makes sense, they get a cut of the final cost, so of course they want the bids to go as high as possible.

I've used sniping software several times, and honestly, I've yet to win a single auction with it. Sniping isn't an automatic win, it's just a way of bidding dispationately.
April 19th, 2009 - 11:16 pm | Comments (0) | PERMALINK

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