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Old 04-30-2016, 07:25 PM
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Bidding on two torium 20's for snapper and ling. Seller has 100% + reviews and I am getting updates when I'm out bid. Typically I go for broke at auctions when it's an item I want. I raised my bid today +$3 instead of just a dolla fiddy like my first bid. Any tips to play this out short of over paying?
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:37 PM
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Never ever bid! Just wait until the last 30 seconds of the auction, then enter the highest amount you're willing to pay.

Bidding just raises the price, sometimes unnecessarily.
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
Never ever bid! Just wait until the last 30 seconds of the auction, then enter the highest amount you're willing to pay.

Bidding just raises the price, sometimes unnecessarily.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:10 PM
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I always wait until the last ten seconds. I open up two windows. One to watch the clock and the next to bid. I bid with thirty seconds left but don't hit confirm until the last ten seconds. Sniping.
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DO NOT!!!! ever pay paypal gift!
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
Never ever bid! Just wait until the last 30 seconds of the auction, then enter the highest amount you're willing to pay.

Bidding just raises the price, sometimes unnecessarily.
No kidding. It's pointless to bid until the last few seconds.
Make sure you are logged in, load your highest acceptable bid, then hit the go button with just a couple seconds on the clock.
Bidding early in the game does nothing but show other people that someone is interested, if they see interest they will monitor the sale more closely. If they think no one wants it, they generally ignore it thinking they are the only one bidding.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post
I always wait until the last ten seconds. I open up two windows. One to watch the clock and the next to bid. I bid with thirty seconds left but don't hit confirm until the last ten seconds. Sniping.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:19 AM
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I look for "make offer" auctions. You'd be surprised at how low a price some sellers will accept.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:32 AM
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As noted, wait til the last possible moment to bid, and just bid the top dollar you'd pay. If you're the top, you only pay the increase-step over the previous bidder - not the whole amount.

I've used 'Auction Sniper' before too, and it was pretty slick. You tell it your max, and it does the work and jumps in at the last instant and 'usually' snags the item for you.

HEY! Wait a minute! What do you bid on? No fair using our secrets!
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:41 AM
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All good advice here... Although, I will often submit 1 bid earlier as a feeler, fo see how serious the high bidder is, then, as previously stated, I snipe at the last second. Don't be shy about bidding your very highest. There's nothing worse then losing the auction by 50 cents or a dollar, especially when you tried to snipe. PayPal gift is out of the question, unless you've done business with the seller before. I've had sellers ship an item to me before I've paid.
I like the best offer options for sellers like pawn shops or estate liquidators, pretty often they don't have the time to deal with regular questions from bidders, they just want the item sold quickly. I paid like 130.00 for my Triangle winder. The buy it now was like 450.00.
Always save any communications between you and seller/buyer , and don't use outside email as requested by the scammers out there.
I always look in the new listing section first, that's where my best buying opportunities come from. I also look for auctions that end in off hours, like when bidders are working or in bed. They tend to miss bidding at those times.
Lastly, look at the photos carefully. A lot of sellers really don't know what they're selling, thus, may not cover key points in their description of the item.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:41 AM
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Bid and bid often. You want that reel,you need that reel !
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Originally Posted by mitchell master View Post
Bid and bid often. You want that reel,you need that reel !
Is that your auction? Lol
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What sux the worst is when something you really want ends in the middle of the night!
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:06 AM
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I only buy "make offer" or "buy it now", no time for bidding.
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Originally Posted by DFreedom View Post
I only buy "make offer" or "buy it now", no time for bidding.
So much for freedom.
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Old 05-01-2016, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
Never ever bid! Just wait until the last 30 seconds of the auction, then enter the highest amount you're willing to pay.

Bidding just raises the price, sometimes unnecessarily.
15 seconds is enough time for the one and only bid
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:07 PM
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I just use a snipe program. I get an email if I won the bid.
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