I was looking for a van about a month ago and bid on about 20 vans. i put my maximum bid in and left it and did not bid any more. I was outbid on all the vans then found one outside ebay and bought it.
the following day i then received second chance offers on nearly all 20 vans!
The reason is that a lot of the sellers selling vans bid from multiple accounts and i dont think there are as many people buying vans on ebay as one would think. So the advice to buyers - put your price in and stick to it even if you get outbid, as you'll probably get a second chance offer!
The message to van sellers - if you dont want to sell you item on a no reserve auction- dont bloody list it!- you waste everyones time.