Private Auctions on Ebay
Posted 01 May 2003 - 03:40 PM
Posted 01 May 2003 - 03:47 PM
I've always wondered about this too!
I can't see who would benefit
Posted 01 May 2003 - 03:57 PM
A seller can get more bids if the bidder can be unknown.
Ann & Ken
[ May 01, 2003, 04:53 PM: Message edited by: ann and ken ]
Posted 01 May 2003 - 04:00 PM
Posted 01 May 2003 - 05:16 PM
Posted 01 May 2003 - 05:56 PM
You are sweet.
That's why most folks have 2 or 3 bid names, so they can bid against their friends.
Ann & Ken
Posted 01 May 2003 - 06:24 PM
1) other sellers offering lower prices to their bidders
2) someone emailing bidders and telling them where they could buy the item cheaper = bad for sellers profit
Here's an example from personal experience...the America's Apple story: Remember how there was only supposed to be 50 sold at the Dallas convention? I really wanted the apple and was worried that I wouldn't be able to buy it. Some enterprising seller hoarded who knows how many....sold a dozen at $250+. I normally wouldn't buy anything that expensive, but bid $300 (promised my hubby that I wouldn't buy anything else on ebay for the rest of the month). Luckily, I lost. A helpfull ebay member saw the high prices and emailed me. She told me that if I waited a few months I could buy it at $150 retail. I was so thankful to receive that email. Shortly after, the seller offered to sell the apple for $300 off ebay. I said no thanks. I never told the seller why I was no longer interested, perhaps others have. In case you're wondering, this seller doesn't have private auctions. Maybe you know who I'm talking about. Anyways, I'm glad I didn't get stuck paying $100+ more than retail.
Posted 01 May 2003 - 07:17 PM
(Greyhound, are you going to tell us this seller's name? )
Posted 01 May 2003 - 11:09 PM
That was a great question. I wanted to know that,too. Thanks for all the answers.
Greyhound what an interesting story about the bidding. I guess I'm not tough enough when I see a name from this site bidding on ebay I stop...because I know how serious you are about your solids and I just can't keep up.
Posted 02 May 2003 - 08:30 AM
If we think the person is a newbie we will also back off. If new folks get discourged in buying in any collection hobby , the the whole hobby dies.
Us old folks need new folks.
And we NEVER snipe bid. We know how bad it has made us feel and don't want to do that to others.
Ann & Ken
Posted 02 May 2003 - 09:58 AM
Thanks for all this very valulable information. NOW here is my next question.... In respect for all of you....is there a way that I can identify bidding names so that I don't infringe?
I suppose I could post the item and see if any of you are planning to bid it.
What advise do you have for me?
Posted 02 May 2003 - 05:01 PM
It is difficult if a friend wants the same item as you do. My friend and I just decide which items we prefer. I'd rather lose an item than a friend! True friends are really hard to find and are worth a lot more than anything in my collection!
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