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Re: Off-Topic ebay question

  • Subject: Re: Off-Topic ebay question
  • From: Michael Pascall <mickpascall@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:23:32 +1000

All buyers should know that they can enter a 'highest bid' that they are prepared to go to ,
often doing this the day they see item that they really want .. it might be double listing price .
They are the only bidder, with first bid just .50 c more than listing start , along comes someone else , and bids again ..
instantly ebay sends an email saying you have been outbid .maybe 20 bids later you have reached what first bidder is prepared to pay .
you will get a 2nd chance offer then .. if you stop after first bid .. you might get a 2nd chance .
Michael Pascall,

Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:56:42 -0800
From: Dick@Strever.com
To: aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Off-Topic ebay question

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

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