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    Ebay and how people bid. ????!!!!!???????

    I have never figured out why you will see a bidding war on an item start so early in the auction. As most everyone know there is a brand new Supertrapp exhaust on ebay and it still has almost five days until it ends and people are bidding the price up. Why so early?

    Currently there are 4 people bidding on the item and all it is going to do is keep the price going up. I feel that if you want something for less then do not bid on the item until the last possible moment that you can such as on the last day or even the last minutes and bid it as high as you are willing to pay.

    I see it happen all the time on stuff that I am selling where I will have a couple of people bidding against each other during the first two days of the auction which I do not mind becasue I want to sell the item for as much as posible but all that it does is makes them end up paying more for the item in the end. I am happy with more money but why do they do it?

    As a seller I am not unhapapy with this but as a buyer I just do not understand why anyone keeps bidding the price up so early in an auction.


    As for the Supertrapp I guess it will go for over $400 when all is done which is way more than I would be willing to spend but worth it for who ever wins the auction being that any other new system goes for around $450 and up.

    #2
    i too have wondered that forever...doesnt make much sense to me!
    1989 Hawk Gt

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      #3
      I can't believe the number of folk that regularly buy on eBay who have either not heard of sniping software or don't know the value of what they are bidding on.
      '95 ShaftHawk 650P>
      Front: Bros Mk2 front wheel; Mk1 forks; MetalGear disc; NC30 caliper; cb1 yoke.
      Breathing: Hacked up and shortened ART tri-can on collector and link pipe from DemonTweeks.
      Other: RGV bars; DefT dash; modded subframe; modded rearsets; relocated ignition.

      '91 Bros 650 Mk1>
      Currently off the road.

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        #4
        I agree with deftrap- many people seem to get caught up in winning the auction that they end up paying more than the item is worth. But an auction should go to the highest bidder, and in real world auctions the bidding doesn't stop until no one wants to go higher. In my optinion ebay should change the way auctions end so that the true market value is attained- making more money for ebay and the seller. I have tried to snipe only to have technical problems get in the way- so the auction ends at a sale price lower than what I would have paid. If the end time extended a minute after every last second bid the true sell price would be reached. Ahh but that would create less bargains.
        '88 Hawk GT
        '89 Harley FXSTC
        2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300 tourer

        http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=948

        "...my performance ain't perfect, but its loud, and its fast..." -Widespread Panic

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          #5
          Hey DefTrap, can you elaborate on this sniping software?

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            #6
            Originally Posted by LeftRightLeftThrottle
            Hey DefTrap, can you elaborate on this sniping software?
            ooh, i can.

            first off. yes, if you click this link, i get free snipes.
            second.. PLEASE click this link and join.. it does kick ass, and i get more free snipes.

            http://www.auctionsniper.com/[email protected]



            heres how auctionsniper works:

            you see something you like on ebay... you either add it to your favorites, or copy the auction number.

            you goto auctionsniper and login.
            you set the time (say, 5seconds before it ends) and the MAX price you're willing to pay ("i'll pay 51.99 but if its 52, then screw it!"..etc)


            and thats it.

            when the time comes, it bids for you.
            no win? no snipe lost.
            you win, a snipe is used.


            you get 3 or 5 or so free snipes when you start.

            ive been using this, FOR FREE for the last 3 years or so... i actually used my last snipe the other day... (so it would be nice if someone joined with my link.. lol)



            also they have this kickass thing called bid groups.
            lets say you want a hawk exhaust and theres 3 on ebay

            put them all in a bidgroup, and have it say, "keep bidding on them until i win one"... you lose the first one.. fine.. it bids on the second one. but once you win, it doesnt bid again.
            its great IMO.... best ebay idea ever.
            and since its online, and NOT on your PC, you dont even have to be online for it to work.

            (btw, this isnt a sales pitch, i just really like the thing... its saved me alot of money)

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              #7
              Sniping software is very effective. You can also just snipe in the last 30 seconds if you have a fast connection and good timing. Some people seem to think it's unfair, but it operates on the same principle as proxy bidding: You set the max you are willing to pay; if someone else was willing to pay more and set a higher bid, s/he'll win.

              Bidder psychology-- where people get caught up in competitive bidding -- is great for sellers, and it's why eBay can be so profitable. As a practice it's downright stupid.

              Believe it or not, as a seller (almost 600 feedback) I dislike too much competitive bidding on my auctions. When it's excessive, the end result is usually a foolish or inexperienced high bidder who got in over his head and can't afford to pay.
              '89 Hawk GT

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                #8
                im going to use your link dude


                i snipe all the time (manualy)

                i have also gotten cought up in the bidding wars but i smack my self and start looking for another one.
                1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                  #9
                  ok dude

                  i set up a bid group

                  2 1000rr rims are ending today (the last part i need for my front end)

                  first is in 8 hours and the second is 8:40 hours

                  gonna see how it goes. pretty sure i have it set up to only win one and not both lol
                  1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                    #10
                    That's pretty much it.
                    I use www.justsnipe.com, one of the freeby ones, pretty reliable as there's not much downtime.
                    Remember that for high value stuff, in the hundreds, bids start going in multiples of ten so 500.99 isn't going to win it (pretty sure that's how it works anyway) but 510 would. Amazing how many people bid in round amounts, say a grand and no further ...
                    '95 ShaftHawk 650P>
                    Front: Bros Mk2 front wheel; Mk1 forks; MetalGear disc; NC30 caliper; cb1 yoke.
                    Breathing: Hacked up and shortened ART tri-can on collector and link pipe from DemonTweeks.
                    Other: RGV bars; DefT dash; modded subframe; modded rearsets; relocated ignition.

                    '91 Bros 650 Mk1>
                    Currently off the road.

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                      #11
                      hay dude it worked perfect

                      i set it up for the two rims that ended within an hour of each other

                      i was out bid on the first one (but i forgot it was ending and it bid for me just like it said it would)

                      i got a dam good deal on the second one. sat back and watched it end.

                      $95 for a 1000rr rim best deal on the front end so far (and thats the last major part)

                      thanks again man thats an awsome tool
                      1988 & 1991 hawkgt, 2005 rc51

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                        #12
                        cool... i helped a hawker and i got 3 more free snipes.. win-win!


                        that bidgroup thing is also great for when one seller puts up 3 or 5 auctions of the same thing. (say rearsets or something)

                        put them all in there, and you'll usually win one at the "starting" price.

                        i really like it.

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                          #13
                          $611 for a Supertrapp WOW!!
                          http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=180145087984

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                            #14
                            yeah someone must have realllly wanted it
                            1989 Hawk Gt

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                              #15
                              I REALLY wanted that exhaust, but definitely didn't want to pay that much for it...but I still want it!

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