If you use ebay...

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#1
Do you always win the stuff you bid for? Any strategy aside from just having the most money to pay, lol?

Ever tried external sites like auctionstealer? I have an old account there but it seems ebay is already able to do what auction stealer could (last second steals), by asking us the highest amount we can go for. :hmm:
 

Blueyes

Registered Member
#2
If I really want the item I stalk the the item at the very last minutes and then throw in some votes about an hour before hand to see how serious the current bidder is, then stalk it to grab it. Otherwise, I'll go find something else but normally I look for the ones that sell more than 1 item so I don't have to go into a bidding war.
 

Nightsurfer

~Lucky 13 strikes again~
#3
Hi Ya.

I 'm a sniper. I save all the auctions that I am interested in and bid on them in the last 5 seconds. This doesn't always work but I would say it works 95% of the time.

Another cool trick to try is.. Try looking the items up misspelled in different ways, you would be amazed at how many auctions are misspelled and the seller doesn't even notice that they spelled it wrong in the listing.

You can get some killer deals like this. I wouldn't waste your time or money on automatic auction bid programs.
 
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dDave

Guardian of the Light
V.I.P.
#4
I don't shop on ebay a lot but when I do I always get the best price be it an auction or buy it now.

I'll snipe all the time.
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#5
Hi Ya.

I 'm a sniper. I save all the auctions that I am interested in and bid on them in the last 5 seconds. This doesn't always work but I would say it works 95% of the time.

Another cool trick to try is.. Try looking the items up misspelled in different ways, you would be amazed at how many auctions are misspelled and the seller doesn't even notice that they spelled it wrong in the listing.

You can get some killer deals like this. I wouldn't waste your time or money on automatic auction bid programs.
I never thought about that. I'll check it out next time. I tried to bid on an item yesterday...but someone was more aggressive than me. LOL
 

AeonFlux

I am the edge!
#6
Hi Ya.

I 'm a sniper. I save all the auctions that I am interested in and bid on them in the last 5 seconds. This doesn't always work but I would say it works 95% of the time.

Another cool trick to try is.. Try looking the items up misspelled in different ways, you would be amazed at how many auctions are misspelled and the seller doesn't even notice that they spelled it wrong in the listing.

You can get some killer deals like this. I wouldn't waste your time or money on automatic auction bid programs.
I use the same tactics. You can find some really awesome deals with the misspelled title trick.

I've never used any outside bidding programs because I have pretty good luck getting what I want on my own.
 

ComicFitz

Registered Member
#7
Hi Ya.
Another cool trick to try is.. Try looking the items up misspelled in different ways, you would be amazed at how many auctions are misspelled and the seller doesn't even notice that they spelled it wrong in the listing.
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So true Night, I do the same thing
Also, "Pick Up Only", search within 5 mile of your area and for pick up only if you are looking for something big. People usually don't ship stuff like a coach, big screen TV or refrigerators. I saw an auction for a 60" screen TV (not flat) and an entertainment center for a $100 "pick up only", no one bid on it
And there are a lot of dyslexic people out their, so if you want a HD TV, try looking up DH VT:lol:
 

Schala

Registered Member
#8
I only use an auction sniper if I know a lot of people are bidding on the item. A lot of people wait until the end to bid anyway though.

I actually won a Wii on eBay last Christmas season. @[email protected] And I won it for only $300. It took A LOT of tries, but I eventually got it. And it helped to wait until the last few seconds to bid. I did it myself too, not using a sniping tool. I might have just been lucky though. Lol.

I think if you bid days before the auction ends though, it draws attention and other people try to outbid you, and it encourages a "bidding war". So that's why, if I see something I like, I put it on my watch list and wait until the last few minutes to bid.
 

Eilt_Druin

Registered Member
#10
I use the same tactics as Nightsurfer, too. Sniping is really the only way to get something that's up for auction and be sure about it. I've found a lot of deals under odd names from people that have no idea as to what they had.