|the only way is auction sniping|
Message #3 Posted by Norm on 12 Aug 2003, 6:03 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Juergen (CH)
Auctions are problematic because some people do not concentrate on fair/value/market pricing. Instead they think they are playing a game of ping-pong, and whatever the existing bid is, they go higher. They don't concentrate up front and decide on a fair price, they just keep entering numbers as they go, always trying to outbid. It is like they think they are hiking up the side of a mountain, instead of evaluating the fair price of something.
The only way around this is auction sniping. You either bid low, or not bid at all. Let the other guy think he won the auction. Then enter your final bid price a few seconds before the auction closes.
If everybody auction sniped, instead of being a game of ping-pong, it just becomes a voting system.... everybody enters a value they think it is worth, and high-entry takes the item.
Auction sniping is problematic because you have to enter that true final bid in the last 5-10 seconds, and sometimes you miss, so then you lose entirely.
I have been very happy with an automatic auction sniping service, of which there are several.
People on this board pointed me towards:
I can't see any other way to "bring eBay prices down".
It is not a cure, but it DEFINITELY helps, and quite a lot .