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Steve Mills

Have you checked your eBay store statistics lately?

Posted Monday, January 23, 2012, at 9:11 AM
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  • As far as BUYING/SAVING $ and eBay goes:

    If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It'll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

    Use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You'd get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Especially good for "Buy It Now"s priced right.

    If the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.

    -- Posted by George513 on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 10:39 AM
  • I am not quite sure why you want to purposely add work to the seller, or did I misunderstand that?

    Early in our eBay years we were tempted to take offers (before there was another bid on an auction) and took one, but experience now tells us that if the interest is there to make the offer, the bid could go higher, so we wait.

    We have only had one item where we could have made $12 more if we had accepted the early bid. All the others went substantially above the original offer.

    I have never used a sniping software but I presume there is a charge of some kind? eBay has a proxy bid system that bids for you in small increments and it is free. I have used it and saved about $21 compared to what I was will to pay.

    We have also seen where the bidding will go on in cyberspace for minutes after the sale as long as the proxy bid was in before the end of the auction. I do not know if sniping software would do that.

    ebuyersedge sounds interesting and your tip on misspellings has helped several times.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 23, 2012, at 1:26 PM
  • Sorry Steve, George513 is a spammer; this same message is all over the internet; he even usually beats me to just about every site that mentions eBay, and that takes some doing ...

    And, just for a laugh, some analyses of PayPal's "The New Way To Pay In-Store", PayPal Digital Wallet, PayPal Debit MasterCard, PayPal Here, PayPal Local and Watch With eBay ...


    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

    -- Posted by PhilipCohen on Sun, Mar 25, 2012, at 2:41 PM
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