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    ebay - how does it work?....

    OK, I'm confused. I've not bought anything on ebay before (I know, I know...)

    I just submitted a bid for an item that was sitting at 404.06, and I was told I had to bid at least 416.06, so I bid 430... but the minute I submitted the bid I was informed I'd been outbid... here's the bid history...

    Bidders:4Total Bids:6Time left:3 days 18 hours 6 mins
    You've been outbid. Bid again before it's too late.
    Only actual bids (not automatic bids generated up to a bidder's maximum)
    are shown. Automatic bids may be placed days or hours before a listing ends. Learn more about bidding.

    Bidder 3 440.00 20-Oct-07 08:50:06 BST
    Bidder 3 440.00 20-Oct-07 08:47:27 BST
    macc _ladd 430.00 20-Oct-07 22:08:08 BST
    Bidder 1 404.06 18-Oct-07 18:43:02 BST
    Bidder 2 380.00 18-Oct-07 21:37:31 BST
    Bidder 2 360.00 18-Oct-07 21:36:57 BST
    Starting Price 350.00 17-Oct-07 16:14:25 BST
    So how does this work?... bidder 3 bid this morning, but it didn't show up... some kind of automated bid?...

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    Re: ebay - how does it work?..

    Quote Originally Posted by macc ladd View Post
    OK, I'm confused. I've not bought anything on ebay before (I know, I know...)

    I just submitted a bid for an item that was sitting at 404.06, and I was told I had to bid at least 416.06, so I bid 430... but the minute I submitted the bid I was informed I'd been outbid... here's the bid history...

    So how does this work?... bidder 3 bid this morning, but it didn't show up... some kind of automated bid?...
    It looks like it could be something like E-Snipe, where a programme detects someone bidding and as long as the person bidding (bidder 3) has set a higher amount, it automaticallys bids in with the original bid at the time the person (bidder 3) first put it on. You can only out bid it by going over the maximum amount set in Bidders 3 programme, which unfortunately one cannot predict. I think it is called 'phishing' isn't it?
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    Re: ebay - how does it work?..

    Blody hell, its one expensive copy of SMOTS!!!!

    You can put in a maximum bid and then it wont show up until someone out bids your last try. Interesting to watch. Use bidbullet.com You can decide how much you are willing to pay for the item. Add the info to the site after paying for your bullets. (You used to get three free when you signed up) Then sit back knowing that if you win great and if you dont at least it went passed what you were prepared to pay for the item.

    What you bidding on?
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    Re: ebay - how does it work?..

    One of these....
    http://www.phseakayaks.com/osb/itemdetails.cfm?ID=3
    My knees are giving me problems at the moment so I'm trying to do some other sports to keep fit.

    Yeah, it looks like someone else has a maximum bid on it. Starting to understand this ebay lark...
    Last edited by macc ladd; 21-10-2007 at 05:05 PM.

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