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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000041.txt from 2002/05

From: Jon Usher <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bad behavior on eBay auctions
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 23:28:57 -0400

It has happened to me often. It's referred to in Ebay circles as "sniping".
The only recourse is to make your last bid "Maximum" high enough that their
"last second" bid
won't be higher than your bid. You'll still win the item with your
"minimum" bid by the time they
keep rebidding to find what your maximum bid was.

I agree - it's not right. But if you'll set your maximum bid at the
highest you're willing to pay in the
last few minutes of the bid you'll outsmart these guys trying to move in at
the last second and grab your item for pennies more.


At 11:28 AM 5/2/02 -0400, you wrote:
>I just sent this e-mail to eBay, reporting what I consider actions of very
>dubious morality:..
>...Twice in recent auctions, I was out bid, in the last 20 seconds of the
>auction, by someone who had never bid before...
>...I think that eBay needs to find a way to block this kind of behavior...
>...I know some people think this is smart or clever behavior, but it is
>really p*****g ne off! Has anyone else had this experience, and if so,
>what have you done?


Jon Usher
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