Originally Posted by rubin749
I have never understood the logic of sniping. It's one thing to wait towards the end of an auction to see if it's even worth putting in a bid, but bidding at the last second makes no difference at all. Maybe it's some kind of superstition but to me it makes no sense.
Depends on the bidders involved. Some folks will keep bidding in $2 to $5 increments until they're the the top bidder. They get outbid, then the cycle starts anew. Terrific for sellers.
Plus, a bid in the first day or two is a great way to guarantee interest from other buyers. Shows someone else wants the item, making it more attractive, and eliminates the hope the item will be relisted as a lower price.
As a seller, nothing makes me happier than a days-long bidding war. And those can be avoided entirely by sniping.