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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #100 on: 02 April, 2022, 02:43:52 pm »
But on eBay, the serious buyers only bid in the last 10 seconds. eBay is basically a one-week advertising service with an blink-and-you'll-miss-it sealed bid auction at the end.

Yes - and I'm an Auction Sniper afficionado - but my comment is still valid in terms of bids vs the reserve for those that do bid during the whole auction window.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #101 on: 25 April, 2022, 10:00:31 am »
I ordered a 2nd hand book via Ebay.  2 weeks after the promised delivery date it hadn't turned up.  Checking their feedback they are actually based in the US, and there are lots of complaints from UK customers.    I asked Ebay for a refund, which was credited to my account 2 weeks ago. 

The book has just arrived....
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Re: eBay rant
« Reply #102 on: 25 April, 2022, 09:39:42 pm »
Serves them right for being dishonest about their location. I'd just keep quiet about it and see if they moan. If they don't moan, then donate to charity instead.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #103 on: 10 May, 2022, 05:34:25 pm »
Re reserve price vs high starting price

It used to be that a high starting price had a higher seller's fee compared with a low starting price. But that was scapped years ago.

A reserve price has the same advantage as a low starting price, the low price attract views of your auction. But if the item is uncommon and valuable (to a limited number of people), you're protected against selling at a low price if not many potential buyers are looking at your auction.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #104 on: 10 May, 2022, 05:59:19 pm »
But there are extra fees to set a reserve price, even if it doesn't sell.

Yes, a low price attracts more views, but does it attract more bidders?
If I see something with a reserve, I'm less likely to bother bidding on it. Seems more worthwhile just bidding on a higher priced item, where I know it will sell.

Re: eBay rant
« Reply #105 on: 11 May, 2022, 07:25:58 am »
People just probe to find out what the reserve is, then retract their last bid.  There are no sanctions for retracting bids, whatever eBay pretends.
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