I HATE bid snipping.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Detecto, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Detecto

    Detecto VICTORIA DEI GRA BRITT REGINA FID DEF

    Does anyone else hate bid snipping?

    I've lost about 5 good auctions because I was snipped at the last 2 seconds.
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  3. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    Me too, the answer: Go to live auctions.
  4. silentnviolent

    silentnviolent accumulator

    yes, but, if you do not win because you determined it to be worth less than was paid, you still win :) They didn't get a deal on anything, and you may pay less next time the opportunity arises. Patience... hang in there!
  5. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    I don't understand how anyone can be upset with snipe bids.
    Bid the most you would pay for the item. If you lose to a snipe bid, then you should be happy you didn't bid higher and overpay. Simple.
  6. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member

    If you are disappointed about losing an auction at the sale price then you should have bid more. It's not the timing of the bid that matters, its the amount. Whoever bids the most wins, it's just as fair as any other auction structure.
  7. elijahhenry10

    elijahhenry10 New Member

    I don't get mad about losing auctions, I just get mad when I have to pay more.
  8. TheCoinGeezer

    TheCoinGeezer Senex Bombulum

    No. I like to snipe. Get with the program, Detecto. You didn't lose because someone sniped, you lost because you didn't bid high enough.
  9. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    It always reminds me of when I was kid in boy scouts.
    We would always go "snipe hunting". Never caught one though. Still looking.
  10. AngelKitty

    AngelKitty Sparkles *n* Cats

    I snipe bid. Aaallllll the time. I have it down to an art. I win most auctions I bid on and when I don't, I console myself with the fact that the high bidder had to pay a few bucks more.

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  11. gboulton

    gboulton 7070 56.98 pct complete

    Snipers don't bother me. I'll pay $X for an item. Really doesn't matter to me WHEN the guy bid $X.01...he bid more than I did, he wins. Simple.

    Admittedly, I don't GET snipers...never have, despite dozens of people trying to "explain" it to me. But hey, I don't have to get them...they're bidding with their money, not mine. If it pleases them to win the auction at the last second, more power to them.
  12. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    I think the actual purpose of sniping is to not allow any non-snipe bidders to increase there max bid when they get out-bid. I don't use a sniping program, but a lot of times I do wait till the final seconds to put my bid in. Especially if there is a large watch count on the item.
  13. treehugger

    treehugger Well-Known Member

    As others have said, how can you possibly be upset at something that is your own fault? The highest bid wins. If you don't bid the highest, you don't win. It's pretty simple really. Ebay moved out of Kansas a long time ago.
  14. AngelKitty

    AngelKitty Sparkles *n* Cats


    I snipe (I really prefer "last-second bidding" :p) because:

    -I'm impatient. Too impatient to bid on something then wait several days or even hours to see if I've won. Silly, yeah, but it's just me. I only look at BIN's and the auctions that are ending soonest. If I see something really cool, I might watch it longer, but only if it has less than two hours left.

    -Bidding earlier gives others the chance to up their bid over mine, thus reducing my chances of winning or increasing my chances of paying more, even if those chances are only in my head.

    -I'm IMPATIENT, dangit. I blame ADD.

    I don't know if others' explanations have been the same, but those are my reasons. XD

    On an unrelated note, if it makes anyone feel better, sniping does make bidding difficult at times...like when eBay decides to log me out for no reason and I lose the item because of the time it took to log myself back in. >_> I've lost a few items like that. Go on, laugh. Yes, I mad, bro.
  15. medoraman

    medoraman Well-Known Member Supporter

    Snipe yourself and don't worry about auctions until you are notified you have won. :)
  16. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member

    I also wait until the last second when I can. I do it because the standing price on an item can potentially influence other peoples bids (they decide to bid more if the price is already high).

    Another reason that I do it is because I don't want to give sellers the opportunity to intentionally max out my bid. Bids have to be made at a minimum increment. They can keep placing minimum bids until your bid stops increasing by whole increments, at which point they know that they've maxed you out.
  17. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

  18. gbroke

    gbroke Naturally Toned Supporter

    Go snipe yourself!
    Don't be grumpy medoraman. :(
  19. elijahhenry10

    elijahhenry10 New Member

    Buy a laptop, and always have the same page open on at least 2 different computers/devices. That way, if you are logged out on one device, you are still on the other. :thumb:
  20. Zlotych

    Zlotych Member

    I got sniped the other day. I bid on three destroyed seated dimes. Bid like 7 bucks because I wanted the 1880. Someone bid it to like twelve at the last second.

    I was disappointed at first, but really if I wanted them that bad I'd have bid more. The other bidder wanted it more. And in the end, it's ok because I didn't overpay just by being sucked into a war.
  21. silentnviolent

    silentnviolent accumulator

    be glad they have a definite end time. I buy lots on local online auctions, and the way they are set up is that anytime a bid is placed within the last 3 minutes, those 3 minutes start over. Makes for perfect "sucker suction" in a war of attrition. It can go on and on and on, each person waiting until the final seconds of the 3 minute countdown before bidding 1 increment higher. I've sat for nearly an hour going one on one in $2-$5 increments. If you don't pay attention, you can easily overspend. Then ebay's ways won't seem so bad.

    I guess that what I mean to say is that each auction is set up differently and, when you know how they work, you can use them to your advantage. Sometimes I bid just to "YUUUUUUUUUUP!" Dave Hester style. Seriously. I try to get a deal, or make sure nobody gets one. Sorry but it's how I roll.

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