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Ebay and Karaoke questions(8 posts)

Ebay and Karaoke questionsPaulCL
Nov 12, 2002 8:43 AM
Don't these two just go together???

Ebay...I am an ebay novice. My there any way to 'win' the bidding short of vastly overbidding or waiting until the last second?? I've been trying to buy a new saddle, but have been overbid by a dollar three times in a row. Sometimes, I just can't be at the computer when the bidding is nearing the end. Any suggestions or strategies??

Karoake....My kids would love a Karoake machine for Christmas. Anyone have one?? Any recommendations on brands?? I've seen a couple that plug into the TV so the singers can be seen on the tube, that seems like a good option. Any input would be helpful.

Thanks. Paul
Nov 12, 2002 9:28 AM
Think of yourself before buying that karaoke machine. Do you really want to listen to it while they use it? It might be fun for a day or two, but then it would just get annoying. Give the kids some money and drop them off at a karaoke bar for the night instead. That's a gift they'll remember forever!

You can also get versions that run on your computer. That's probably a cheaper alternative.
Nov 12, 2002 10:05 AM
The kids will be down in the basement...far from my ears. Besides, my wife has decided that we are buying one for them. End of discussion, now its' just a question of which one.
I would recommend...Rode Warrior
Nov 13, 2002 10:51 AM
try Radio Shack. I saw an inexpensive karaoke machine there that didn't seem too expensive. It's worth a shot.

Sniping on Ebay.....Dave Hickey
Nov 13, 2002 7:01 AM
Sniping is bidding at the last minute. I just won a headset this week by bidding in the last minute but also putting in a high maximum bid. The item was an older NOS Dura Ace track headset. I could have bought another for $89.00. With two minutes to go, it was selling for $35.00. With less than a minute to go, I put in my maximum bid of $89.00. I ended up winning the item for $48.00. Remember maximum bid doesn't mean that is what you'll pay.
Someone here turned me onto a Snipe program. Funny Story.Kristin
Nov 14, 2002 8:47 AM
I used the program to snag a vacuum cleaner I'd had my eye on. I put all the bid info in and was watching the sale from Ebay during the final 30 seconds. With 11 seconds to go, the sniper software (which I'd never used before) still had not bid for me. I was nervous and quickly entered a bid. In the end, the sniper out bid my bid to win the auction. I increased my own purchase price by $4. It could have been worse I supose.
Someone has trust issues...nm :)mohair_chair
Nov 18, 2002 8:38 AM
max bidtrekkie1
Nov 18, 2002 12:53 PM
First, determine the most you are willing to pay for an item. Then, use the max bid automatic bid procedure, which will out bid anyone else up to that amount. This is good, as it will keep you from getting caught up in the heat of things and bidding too much at the end just to "win."

Of course, unscrupulous sellers (or even other bidders) could run up the bids just to find out your max. This is against the rules, maybe even illegal, but potentially a problem. I'd suggest waiting to enter your max bid at late as possible in the auction, so others won't catch on your have used it too early.