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What do you suppose eBay's motivation is for the 1 cent auctions?

Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 11:02 PM

I am curious what you think might be eBay's reasons for running 1 cent sales on auction listings. They have done it three times lately (usually with just overnight notice).

At first I thought they were wanting to bolster auction sales, but with the short notices I wonder if they are trying to limit how many you can get on. Is it just to get attention or....?

Using Turbo Lister we were able to get a little over 100 on last time and this time 116. That means we saved almost $28 in listing fees, so it was worth a shot.

Any thoughts or opinions?

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I seen this done on another website auction. It is what makes it what it is. They claim you can buy cheaper faster on their site.

I tried it once, but was outbid with every bid I made. I had no intentions of paying a high price so I dropped out.

I think eBay is giving it a spin. I predict it will slow up the sell of your items tremendously and make sellers lose money.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 1:53 PM

This is just the listing fee. It is not one of those penny auction sites.

You are right to question these. I looked at them a while back and did not get a good feeling. Now I hear it is a form of gambling and only a few really come out a winner.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 6:18 PM

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