Originally Posted by edmorel
The one reason why I place an early bid (I also always snipe at the end) is so that the seller does not get anxious (especially the ones that do not know the true value of their items) and make a side deal off ebay. I used to happen to me all the time when I was buying and selling vintage watches on ebay. You'd find a great piece that the seller obviously had no idea what it was, very low opening bid, you set your snipe and wait and then the dreadful "seller ended this listing early because it is no longer for sale". An item can still be sold under you even with a bid, but most sellers are very reluctant to deal off ebay once there is a bid.
Yes, sometimes I'm the insidious individual who will email the seller for an early purchase.
Do you still do that on eBay, vintage watches I mean?