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Strange ebay bidding?

ROBBYBOBBY64

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I've always found ebay bidding to be weird , especially lately as people here were bored cause of covid restrictions .

was some bottles I bid on , one I can recall had no bids until like the last minute if not seconds and price suddenly doubled and it was won by a new bidder
Snipers.
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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it was weird it happened so late they didn't even notify me I was outbid or give me any chance to bid again , just said bottle had sold for this $ amount , I wouldn't paid that much anyways as it was twice my original bid
They don't watch the item. That would tip off others that it is desirable. They don't bid til 5-8 seconds before the end. Then they put in a bid that is higher than the current one. The only way to beat them is to have a higher max bid than theirs. They also are set to auto bid. If you are winning they nibble at bidding 50 cents to a dollar.. to feel out your bid.. they bid until your bid and their bid are the same.. you bid first so you are winning even though you both have the same bid. At that moment auto bid doesn't raise to $10.50 he now knows your highest bid.. weird little dance they do. Ebay customer service said to me that it is part of the Ebay experience. Screwed up right. I learned the same way you did but I had to search what happened. Now I snipe as much as I can. Sad really.
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RCO

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They don't watch the item. That would tip off others that it is desirable. They don't bid til 5-8 seconds before the end. Then they put in a bid that is higher than the current one. The only way to beat them is to have a higher max bid than theirs. They also are set to auto bid. If you are winning they nibble at bidding 50 cents to a dollar.. to feel out your bid.. they bid until your bid and their bid are the same.. you bid first so you are winning even though you both have the same bid. At that moment auto bid doesn't raise to $10.50 he now knows your highest bid.. weird little dance they do. Ebay customer service said to me that it is part of the Ebay experience. Screwed up right. I learned the same way you did but I had to search what happened. Now I snipe as much as I can. Sad really.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
that bottle was weird cause there was actually not 1 but 2 snipers at the end who both bid with seconds left and one of them won it

when I checked the winning price that's what it showed , was 2 bids high than mine but both came very late
 

Timelypicken

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I’m pretty sure that happens when another person bids under the last bidders max. It doesn’t show the 2nd bidders bids.
 

Wildcat wrangler

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Look at the strange ebay bidding on this item? High bidder tries to outbid himself 10 times? Update, 13 times. Clown or some kind of shill bidding going on???

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That’s pretty weird. I had that happen on a j.f. Cutter whiskey bottle this guy got for a song. He bid twice with the same amount. I’m still not ok after shipping that 1 off for $40! I wonder if using bid sniper would do that, or like raising your bid as to not be outbid? But still, that’s a lot of times in precious little time! I’m still working on the $57 for a bottle cap thing. I get that it’s rare, but wow!


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