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Padre

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1546 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ebay burl auction sniping wood buying

I need to rant just a moment or two. I was bidding on some burl pieces on Ebay this weekend and I really thought I was going to get a good deal on them. Then, within the last 5 seconds of the auction someone swoops in and just barely outbids me. This has happened many times to me over the years and I have found it extremely frustrating.

I did some research and found out about “sniping.” It seems you can purchase a program (many different kinds) or pay a commercial website to do this for you. You can see one such site here.
It will place your bid for you at the last possible second and hopefully you will win the auction this way.

I find this a little ‘underhanded.’ I thought it was supposed to be an ‘auction!’

I know I’m being naive about the ‘real world’ and ‘new technology’ and the like, but I kind of liked the ‘old days’ when and auction was an auction and Ebay was a place of auctions not just a conglomeration of stores.

Nuff said. Thanks for listening.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8


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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 1546 days ago

You say you think it is supposed to be an auction, but how is it not an auction?

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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cathyb

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#2 posted 1546 days ago

If you can win without overbidding, isn’t that a little underhanded?

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Padre

930 posts in 1990 days


#3 posted 1546 days ago

An auction is where you can bid, re-bid and then decide to either keep going or not. Not making any bids and then at the last second trying to outbid another by a few cents without giving anyone else an opportunity is not an auction.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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cathyb

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#4 posted 1546 days ago

I meant can’t win, but you get the point. That’s not fair. There are enough LJ’s out there. Why don’t we have our own auction. I have wood that I could post and I’d love to work with some new species…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1546 days ago

It happens as Forest Gump would say.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Padre

930 posts in 1990 days


#6 posted 1546 days ago

Whoa Cathy, a MOST EXCELLENT idea!!! I have wood too!

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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Padre

930 posts in 1990 days


#7 posted 1546 days ago

Jim, lol, you make me smile! IMHO not giving anyone the opportunity to outbid you takes all the fun and auction right out of it.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 1546 days ago

It’s happened to me too. I was bidding on some antique glass for my wife a few xmas’s ago and I thought I had won until the very last second someone overbid me, it was very frustrating. I never had a chance to bid again. Arrrrrrgh is right.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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cathyb

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#9 posted 1546 days ago

I’m not much of an organizer, but honestly I think a wood exchange with lumberjocks “wood” be pretty cool!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 1546 days ago

Yup, just this morning I lost out on a mint Record #50 dado plane. Sheesh, I sat and watched as the bid suddenly changed 5 seconds before closure, just not enough time to get my fingers on the keyboard.

You gotta take it in stride, bid your best bid and be secure in the knowledge that you would not have paid what the winning bidder paid. Still, I know it hurts when I think I’m FINALLY gonna get a bargain…and poof!

Best thing? Bid the minimum bid, then re-bid to your maximum. Some people will go away when they know a bigger bid is out there somewhere…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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CaseMan

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#11 posted 1546 days ago

If you weren’t willing to pay what the winning bidder paid, how is that underhanded?

-- - CaseMan -

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YorkshireStewart

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#12 posted 1546 days ago

Just bid to the absolute maximum you think the item’s worth & turn your back on the auction until it’s over. That’s my way.

Having said that, my friend has written to ebay suggesting that they change their procedure such that; if there is a bid in the last ten seconds, they extend the auction by one minute, and continue to do this until there are no more bids. Simple eh?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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poopiekat

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#13 posted 1546 days ago

Caseman…ask that question again, AFTER you’ve lost top-bidder status to a sniper.
Yorkshire…you’re absolutely right. Bid your max, and the final price will be one increment above the underbidder if you win.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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yarydoc

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#14 posted 1546 days ago

Eaven with sniping you still have to put in the largest bid. If the auction closes when I am away from the computer I bid the most I am willing to pay and ebay will bid for me in increments up to that amount. If I am at the computer I use the auction clock and snipe.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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matt garcia

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#15 posted 1546 days ago

The guy who had the Mahogany I bought on ebay for my Highboy told me about those programs. After losing a few times to the same bidder, I started proxy bidding like $500.00!! When the end of the auction came, and that same bidder had won, again, he had a very expensive piece of Mahogany!! Ebay has blocked the bidder’s identity now, so you don’t really know who you are losing to until the feedback has been left for the transaction.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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