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Old 04-14-2012, 10:18 PM
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It must be nice to have enough budget to bid on every item you're interested in.
That's not my situation. If it's yours I'm genuinely happy for you.

My watching is usually full, and I place snipe bids manually. On some items the decision to bid or not is made for me by other bidders, exceeding my max early. Sometimes not.
Typically I have a bunch of stuff I'm interested in and something more interesting comes along. So I'll bypass the less interesting ones to place a more solid bid. If I really want something I'll place an early weak bid and then bid my max right near the end. And rarely I'll have a relatively insane bid as a backup. (Bids at usually 8-10 seconds and 2-4 seconds. )

Nothing is as enjoyable as passing on some nice stuff to commit your entire months budget on something and find it ended early, but late enough that the other stuff has closed.

But then there's always some other interesting thing the next few days anyway so it's not so bad.

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And that is a fair point, Steve. But if you "really want" a particular item there is no harm in making your offer.
And I know about the frustration on both sides: 1)Losing what I thought was a great deal and 2) having to sell a $50 card for $.99 because I was SURE there'd be a bidding war! (Turns out it was my bad. I had only the title and pic correct, the description and category was from a pair of jeans i had listed previously. Bad Turbo Lister! BAD!)
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:28 AM
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Chris- It's not the ABs , although that was a rough one having asked a couple favors from friends to try for more than one. That also came right after winning an item at an excellent price that became " sold on friday and we were too busy to take the auction down".

I do think it's wrong in general.

And Jim - That's why I don't do it. I couldn't say I'd never do it, but doing something I thought was fundamentally wrong would have a price I'd have to pay privately.

I don't think I'd list a $50 card at .99 there's just so much that could go wrong. I've had to revise turbo lister listings, it's certainly worth what we pay for it.

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:44 PM
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I believe it is okay to end an auction early and accept an offer IF there are no bids on the item. I have ended auctions early on a few occasions, but never when there are active bids. I've also had the situation where someone emails me and offers me a considerable amount over the winning bid because they missed the auction. Of course, I would never comply with a request like that, but I'm sure it has happened.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:22 PM
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I consider eBay auctions to be no different than any other auction house listings. I wouldn't ask to have an item end early as a bidder, nor would I end an item early as a seller.

I've had several auctions "disappear" on eBay and at this point only search for items ending in the next 24 hours to avoid disappointment.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:51 AM
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Thanks to all for each one's generous input. I am relatively new to Net54 and posted the topic as a way of finding others who were also frustrated. I have always felt that an auction should run its full course; otherwise it is not an auction, but a way of taking liberties with the system. Thanks again.

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Old 05-19-2012, 08:36 AM
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I had to revive this thread. There was a sports memorabilia piece that was listed on eBay last night. I was the first to bid on it and then this morning "POOF", it was gone.

I was thinking about making an offer on it, but I said it has only been on eBay for about an hour, so I thought to myself, I'll bid on it and the seller will know that at least one other bidder has interest once he starts to get offers to sell off-line. Then this morning, it's gone.

I don't think eBay should allow a seller to end an item early if there is a bid already placed on it.

Also, for the seller, isn't an auction the absolute best measure for market value? You can't argue that ending an auction early, with bids already placed, will maximize your take.

This really irritates me.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:01 AM
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I had to revive this thread. There was a sports memorabilia piece that was listed on eBay last night. I was the first to bid on it and then this morning "POOF", it was gone.

I was thinking about making an offer on it, but I said it has only been on eBay for about an hour, so I thought to myself, I'll bid on it and the seller will know that at least one other bidder has interest once he starts to get offers to sell off-line. Then this morning, it's gone.

I don't think eBay should allow a seller to end an item early if there is a bid already placed on it.

Also, for the seller, isn't an auction the absolute best measure for market value? You can't argue that ending an auction early, with bids already placed, will maximize your take.

This really irritates me.
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If the item is listed as an AUCTION and it has a bid, I agree that it shouldn't be allowed to be ended early. The caveat is that things could be legitimately lost or damaged, but that has to be VERY infrequent.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:40 AM
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I now always ask the seller to end early on something I really want. I make sure to mention that I am interested in the item and hope that if the seller doesn't want to end now but later changes his mind he will let me know. Worst they can do is say no.

This thread also points out the usefulness of placeholder bids to signal the seller that there is interest in the item. If I really want something and I don't ask for an early ending I make sure to open it with a bid and set a snipe for the end of the auction because when I am selling a card on Ebay and I have no bidders on the item I don't think twice about accepting an offer. If there are bids already and I want to take the offer, to paraphrase Bugs Bunny I'm likely to do it but I'll probably hate myself in the morning.
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Yeah and to end it after only listing it for a couple of hours with a bid already placed is just plain stupid!
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:23 PM
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Yeah and to end it after only listing it for a couple of hours with a bid already placed is just plain stupid!
I don't think we know that. I think you need to ping the seller and ask him how much he sold the item for. This happened to be me before, and the offer that the seller took was reasonable and in the thousands of dollars.

I think ebay's policy is that sellers definitely cannot do off-ebay deals, which happens a lot, and probably in this case. So if ebay ever tightened up on this policy, the case that happened here would probably be significantly reduced (although a lot of sellers would be extremely angry). However, you cannot remove the option for sellers to end items early on ebay because there are many legitimate reasons why this may happen. For example, they may have lost or misplaced the item, or if they have a real store front, they could have sold that item in the store before it ended on ebay. In addition, auction values on ebay do not necessarily maximize value. For example, if the seller found a significant item and didn't realize it, it would be better for him to pull the item from ebay and instead go with one of the major auction houses where he'd see a wider audience (e.g., one of the Peck / Snyder cards found a few months ago on ebay).

Anyway, the point, I guess, is these days, no matter if there is a bid on the item or not, if I really want to item and want to prevent an offline deal on ebay, I always message the seller either with an offer or a message that I am very interested in the seller, so please let the auction go to completion. Or if they are taking offers, I want to be a part of it, so that I can also put my offer in if others are doing so. I only do this w/ cards that are rare and don't come around often. No point doing this w/ common T206's or Goudey's. When you do this, you also reduce the chance that you will win the card for an absolute "steal" since you are basically telling the seller that he has something valuable, and he will start doing more research in it, etc, and may even pull the card, raise the reserve, etc. It is what it is, however.

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