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something you were interested in on ebay is spiralling in cost due to a bidding war between three people who have a combined feedback of 5? Sigh.
 

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I find bidding wars depressing in general. Just wait until the last second and snipe, like the rest of us. Token bids to indicate interest are acceptable, then it's pistols at dawn. Saves trouble for all involved.

For example: There's a pair of black C&J monks on eBay right now. Bidding started at a penny, but the high bid is already $289 with more than three days to go. For $30 more, they could have had the black Purple Label monk from EG. I'll find it morbidly amusing if Polo monks top the price of the PL.
 

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It comes and goes. Sometimes I get shirts at very reasonable prices. Then the newbies flood in and drive the prices up. When the prices jump up, they start leaving ebay, since there are no deals left to be had. Once they leave, the prices fall again, maybe not to the prior levels.
 

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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
I find bidding wars depressing in general. Just wait until the last second and snipe, like the rest of us. Token bids to indicate interest are acceptable, then it's pistols at dawn. Saves trouble for all involved.

For example: There's a pair of black C&J monks on eBay right now. Bidding started at a penny, but the high bid is already $289 with more than three days to go. For $30 more, they could have had the black Purple Label monk from EG. I'll find it morbidly amusing if Polo monks top the price of the PL.


I had a fairly high snipe in place because I quite liked the shoes but the bidding is way past that now. Luckily I'm not going to raise my snipe since I've scored two EGs from GVH.
 

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Originally Posted by Thomas
It comes and goes. Sometimes I get shirts at very reasonable prices. Then the newbies flood in and drive the prices up. When the prices jump up, they start leaving ebay, since there are no deals left to be had. Once they leave, the prices fall again, maybe not to the prior levels.
Speaking of eBay cycles, I assume the massive Thanksgiving to New Years sales in the US, plus gift giving and rejecting, cause an annual cycle? Which mid- to high-end goods are affected by this, by how much, and when? There're a number of wardrobe basics that I can wait a few months to acquire and I'd like to try my hand at market timing.
 

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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
I find bidding wars depressing in general. Just wait until the last second and snipe, like the rest of us. Token bids to indicate interest are acceptable, then it's pistols at dawn. Saves trouble for all involved.

For example: There's a pair of black C&J monks on eBay right now. Bidding started at a penny, but the high bid is already $289 with more than three days to go. For $30 more, they could have had the black Purple Label monk from EG. I'll find it morbidly amusing if Polo monks top the price of the PL.



I've had a similar experience. I was prepared to bid what I thought was a generous snipe on a pair of C&J Grasmeres, pebble grain leather with a Dainite sole, as a pair of rainy weather shoes. They eventually sold for about $30 less than the plal price. Some people just don't do their homework. Errrgh!
 

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I attribute high end prices to a general idiocy of human beings.
If anyone described to me Ebay business model 10 years ago I would have laughed in his face. Then I would have said that no reasonable human beings are going to bid against each other on the auctions that are not closing for another week.
Oh boy was I wrong.
 

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Originally Posted by thinman
I've had a similar experience. I was prepared to bid what I thought was a generous snipe on a pair of C&J Grasmeres, pebble grain leather with a Dainite sole, as a pair of rainy weather shoes. They eventually sold for about $30 less than the plal price. Some people just don't do their homework. Errrgh!

I also find that annoying. Why pay retail price for an item on eBay (assuming that the product isn't hard to come by)?
 

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