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eBay Auction Final Prices Are Sorta Strange

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I bought this game for £10 (+ £1.50 shipping) and another auction ended with a final price of £20.50 (+ £1.50 shipping).

The thing is, the auction that ended on £20 had the product in acceptable condition (to say the least) while the one I purchased is in impeccable condition. I suppose that's just my luck to get the better copy for cheaper.

I personally collect Dragon Ball media, only official as I see no point buying pirated copies and this game in particular is becoming somewhat desirable/rare (specifically English cover copies) even though it did poorly as a video game.

Rockman
2 months ago
What do you think of this?
BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 months ago

ebay auctions are strange, I won a bike about 6 months ago for 99p and quite liked some of the components so bid on another bike of the same model and that went for over £100 admittedly the 99p bike was out in the sticks and the other one was in a much more accessible location but still a huge difference. That is a collection item though its harder to explain the huge difference for posted items. At the end of the day though its about how many people are interested, when I got the 99p bike I was the only bidder but if 20 people are watching an item you know it will go high. That's why its handy to get your friends to watch the same item if its a very low price it can put off some bidders and re-assure the seller that it can go for a good price so won't remove it at the last minute but if 19 watchers aren't planning on bidding then you can get a good price. That isn't against ebay terms and the law unlike shill bidding.

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Rockman
Rockman
Original Poster
2 months ago

I stopped bidding and instead use my bidder snipe which means I insert a price I'm willing to pay and that's that for me. Just a lot more convenient and relaxing.

Bidding can sometimes turn into a game of who places the most money, regardless of it's worth that or not.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 months ago

Rockman Yes I use sniping sites. I only use free accounts so have limited snipes. I use gixen, auctionsniper and justsnipe to maximise my number of snipes. Sometimes though if I'm bidding on something which doesn't have a lot of interest I place the minimum bid to make it harder to cancel the auction. I've found many sellers who haven't had a bid at all tend to cancel auctions before they end worried it will go for the minimum price. I also set my maximum bid by trying to predict what the other person will bid. The free sniping sites often have a worse snipe time like 8 seconds where as paid accounts can be less so I use that to my benefit. If I think the other person will bid up to £5 and the bid increment is 50p I'd set my price at £4.51 so a bid of £5 wouldn't get the item as it would need to be £5.01. If the other person is using sniping software he won't get it but if he is manually bidding he would manually put in the £5.01 if he/she could type fast within 8 seconds. Other times when I really want the item I work out the maximum I want to pay and add £1 just because I'm a bit optimistic on pricing and when I've lost an auction for an item I realise I would have been happy to pay a little bit more to get it.

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Rockman
Rockman
Original Poster
2 months ago

Good to know. I've been using the free version of the site I mentioned and has always worked years on end.

In two occasions I lost items because the other buyer had placed like £2 more than I did, just unexpected. BonzoBanana

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi2 months ago

The best is when u see 50p on sale there 🙂....so many different ones on different prices, but none of them are on the real value. U can get the same 50p for 1.20 and some of the sellers ask £200 for the same...

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