Thought I'd tell you about a site I've recently found out about myself. It's called auction sniper, and its free to join. It allows you to bid on items at the last moment, (which I do anyway, but you have to have nerves of steel, and be in front of your computer when the auction ends).
After you join up, it is very simple to use, as auction sniper already knows what you are watching and/or bidding on. It is just a matter of ticking a box to say you want to use auction sniper on that item, and the highest price you are willing to go to, and they do the rest.
They bid in the last closing seconds of the auction, and if you are the highest bidder, you win, if not, it was more than you were willing to pay anyway. It stops bidding wars, which sometimes makes an item go up to more than it is worth ( I once sold a bit of lace for over $70.00, because two ladies were both determined to get it, and ego won over common sense!)
This was very good for me as a seller, but I certainly do not want to be in the same position as a buyer. I like to keep my hand close to my chest, and as there are a lot of people who do not put in the top amount they are willing to pay, when you bid at the last moment, they do not have enough time to re-bid, so often you get your item for less than you imagined.
It's just like a live auction really, nobody knows what anybody else is willing to go to, but unlike a live auction, which can go on until all bidding stops, eBay has a set time limit, after which you can't bid again, so it relies more on tactics.
Anyway, getting back to the benefits of using auction sniper, even if you enjoy the rush of the bidding process yourself, sometimes you just cannot be around when the auction ends, or it ends in the middle of the night, so it makes sense to use these facilities, and it is very economical, with the least cost being around 25cents an auction, and only if you win. You pay nothing if you lose. The max. you can pay is US$9.95, but that is for very expensive items, like cars etc. If you are interested, check it out at www.auctionsniper.com
When you log into eBay, you can put an item you are looking for, in a search box, and a list of relevant items appear, On the left hand side of your screen is another list with certain things you can tick, to make your search easier.
If you tick the “worldwide” box, many more items appear in you list of available items, giving you much more choice, and often, even taking into account the exchange rate, and higher postage costs, you will get a better deal by buying overseas, especially from America. I do not often buy from the UK, for some reason it usually works out much more expensive.
The same rules of safety apply when you are buying from overseas, always check FEEDBACK! If someone seems the least bit dodgy, do not buy from them, stick with the well established sellers, and read what other buyers are saying about them.
Sometimes sellers have a few negatives showing up, but when you see the volume of items they are selling, it is only natural they will have a few unhappy customers, you cannot please all of the people, all of the time!! Just use your judgement, do not send money by Western Union, stick with Paypal for overseas purchases, and have a go!
(c) 2007 Linda Land
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