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Off-Topic ebay question

  • Subject: Off-Topic ebay question
  • From: Dick <Dick@Strever.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:56:42 -0800

the key words here are (no bids in days)
he (Jason) does not say NO BIDS
of course he gets out bid
the last bid sitting there is much higher then yours
and if the seller has more then one you will get the 2nd chance offer


From: Jason Hernandez <jason.hernandez74@yahoo.com>
To: "aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com" <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Wed, February 22, 2012 11:13:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Off-Topic ebay question

Has anyone else but me noticed the "bidding bot"?  I can bid on an item that has seen no bids in days, and in a matter of seconds, I receive an email saying I have been outbid.  The first time it happened, I wet back to bid again, only to get the email again in a matter of seconds.  I didn't feel like upping my bid again, so I let it go.  Lo and behold, as soon as the auction expired, I got a different email, this one saying I had a second chance to buy the item at the price of my last bid.  I did.  So after that, I took a different approach: bid once, and ignore the notice saying I had been outbid.  Sure enough, as soon as the auction expires, I always get the notice of my "second chance" to buy at the price I bid.

Now, I cannot prove there is a bot involved -- certainly don't know the name of any such bot -- but I can think of no other explanation.  Also, it seems to be used mainly by sellers located in Asia (selling things other than plants).

Jason Hernandez
Naturalist-at-Large

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