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Ok, which of you refined expletives just sniped my olive Zegna?!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Five seconds? Really? I hate you and am going to stomp around like a little girl for...I don't know how long!

It was a lovely olive, 6x2 DB that looked like it had been altered just for my portly self.

I hereby challenge my portly nemesis on the field of honour.

post #2 of 19
Solution: Just Snipe
post #3 of 19
an olive DB? looks like he mighta just done you a favor there
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by RangerP View Post
Solution: Just Snipe

Every serious bidder does it.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by RangerP View Post
Solution: Just Snipe

No point in not sniping.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by dragon8 View Post
Every serious bidder does it.

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Originally Posted by kungapa View Post
No point in not sniping.

That's what I was saying
post #7 of 19
I agree absoloodle. Sniping is how we avoid bidding wars with idiots. Sellers have told me they hate it when this happens, because the ultimately successful idiot realizes after the fact that he paid twice as much as the piece was worth (because he was too busy massaging his pen0r), and becomes a nonfulfilling buyer. Just snipe. Don't use a service, it's a piece you want, so be organic. Hand snipe that baby in the last five seconds. Everybody loves you except the sore loser. Skeerew him. On a distantly related note, you maniacs actually have me (at five feet five) looking at DBs. Christ, the dark side has me. Aloha, Poinz
post #8 of 19
Look at it as though they saved you from buying a drab olive colored jacket. Unless of course you're a TV weather man?
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well, I already have a bit too much navy and the various greys. I was looking to branch out a bit more in the earth-ish tones.

Besides, I have just a bit more gangster than british royalty in my tastes anyway. lol


Mainly, I'm hacked off because I thought I WAS sniping it! I like to use the last thirty seconds in case of some computer/internet malfunction that might result in a loss.
post #10 of 19
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Look at it as though they saved you from buying a drab olive colored jacket. Unless of course you're a TV weather man?
Or Jeremy Clarkson. Seriously, when I saw this week's Top Gear and noticed that Jezza was wearing an olive green sportscoat, I thought of this thread.
post #11 of 19
A question on sniping: The bid process has 2 screens, the first bid/submit, and then the confirmation. If you hit the first submit within the remaining time, but then take too long on the followup screen, do you miss out? (I'm trying to figure out the best timing in the countdown where I can get in at the very last second but also not so late that I'll miss out). I usually start the process around the 8sec mark. Too soon?
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by zerostyle View Post
A question on sniping:

The bid process has 2 screens, the first bid/submit, and then the confirmation.

If you hit the first submit within the remaining time, but then take too long on the followup screen, do you miss out?

(I'm trying to figure out the best timing in the countdown where I can get in at the very last second but also not so late that I'll miss out).

I usually start the process around the 8sec mark. Too soon?

Not soon enough for me last night. I was bidding on some zanella wool/cashmere houndstooth pants, I bid $36, after I bid the high bid was $36 and it wasn't me, $37 would have won it so I bid that only to be one second too late. Stupid bid confirmation screen
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by zerostyle View Post
A question on sniping:

The bid process has 2 screens, the first bid/submit, and then the confirmation.

If you hit the first submit within the remaining time, but then take too long on the followup screen, do you miss out?

(I'm trying to figure out the best timing in the countdown where I can get in at the very last second but also not so late that I'll miss out).

I usually start the process around the 8sec mark. Too soon?

I now use a service to snipe for me... especially when the ending time of the auction is at a very inconvenient time. I got a sweet deal on a pair of shoes a month or so ago where the auction ended at 6pm Eastern on Christmas day.

If you want to do it yourself, what I would suggest is opening 2 tabs or browser windows.

1st window: Stay on the item page and just monitor the bids

2nd window: Place your highest possible bid when there is 30 seconds left. You'll be taken to the confirmation page.

From there, switch back to your 1st window and monitor the time/bids. Switch back with 8 secs left and confirm your bid. No one has time to react when you confirm with 8-6 secs left.

The whole point of sniping is to not get into a bidding war and move the price way too high. Bidding with less then 8 secs left will accomplish that in my experience.

The key is not really the bidding, but managing your emotions when buying. If you can determine the REAL max price that you are willing to pay, then don't be upset if someone pays a bit more than you and gets it. After all, they paid more then you were willing to pay.
post #14 of 19
Plus with sniping it doesn't turn into a personal battle
post #15 of 19
You guys can feel free to practice sniping manually on my auctions. kthxbai
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