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Ebay Etiquette?hrv
Jan 14, 2004 12:18 PM
I've never used ebay, but found a wheel I'm interested in. Closes today. Read this on the web:

'If I find an item where someone else is the high bidder and there are only a few hours left until the item closes, I usually won't bid on it. It seems wrong to take away an item that someone else expected to win. I don't think many people on eBay think about that, but it seems to me that it's the honorable thing to do.'

What the?? They also ranted against sniper programs. Don't have one so I'm not using one. But what do you think about the above statement? Stop bidding within 3 hours? Anyone else agree?

I want that wheel!!
re: Ebay Etiquette?treebound
Jan 14, 2004 12:32 PM
If you want it then bid on it, that's the whole concept of an auction. Is it fair to the seller to not bid on it if you want it? Sort of like walking down the condements section of a grocery store and seeing one last jar of mayonaise that is on your shopping list and wondering if it's okay to buy it in case someone else wants it.

And post the auction number so we can see what you found. ;)

I'm not personally so hot on the sniper software, but that's life and there's ways to play with them too. Just bid the max you're willing to pay and let the cards fall where they may.
what a freakmohair_chair
Jan 14, 2004 1:21 PM
As long as you are playing by the spirit and letter of the rules, there can be no dishonor in making a bid. The auction runs for a certain period of time. Anyone who wishes to bid can do so without dishonor within that time.

Whoever wrote that sounds like a real pansy who probably has a "kick me" sign on his back. Why he equates an overwhelming and wildly misplaced sense of empathy with honor is a mystery to me. The mere act of bidding does not "take away an item that someone else expected to win." It may, in fact, trigger an automatic counter bid that trumps his own.

Furthermore, by not bidding on an item he wants and would normally bid on, he is cheating himself and the seller, who would get a greater price. How this serves the cause of honor is beyond me. Losing for the sake of losing has got to be one of the most dishonorable things you can do.

Get the wheel!
Sounds like someone who's "expectations" have been dashed. . .czardonic
Jan 14, 2004 1:35 PM
. . .by some unscrupulous bidder who doesn't understand that auctions work on a "first come, first serve" basis.
re: Ebay Etiquette?jtolleson
Jan 14, 2004 2:41 PM
A bizarre sentiment to be sure. If the timing of bids was to be driven by honor, then what about the flipside? A seller gets to pick the auction length, and isn't he entitled to folks bidding until expiration? Isn't he entitled to the full price the market will bear? Of course.

As others noted, a serious buyer should have bid enough that it will proxy bid up to his tolerance point anyway... so he's really only "out" the goods if he didn't bid high enough to reflect the true market (ie., the value in the eyes of his would-be competitors).

If the goal is to always enable the buyer to get the cheapest price, then I suppose no one should be after the initial bid. And where's the sense in that?

Bid away and enjoy.
What dumb@$$Dave_Stohler
Jan 14, 2004 11:03 PM
If you win, I'll bet he'll be a pain to deal with, too.
Put the shoe on the other footStarliner
Jan 14, 2004 11:35 PM
Say you are a seller - do you want honorable bidders of the sort you mentioned? You want people to fall over each other bidding for what you're selling!