eBAY Bidding and the British Reserve

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eBay, bidding and the good old British Reserve


The increased visibility of North American and Canadian eBay activity has
highlighted a fundamental difference in the bidding strategy between those
countries and that of British bidders.

For instance, an American bidder will see an item they like, and place a
bid, it does not seem to matter if the item has 1 day to run or 10, bids
roll in, giving the seller a good idea that they might sell the item, and
other buyers a good idea of the value of the item to bidders.

American and Canadian bids seem to progress slowly up until the final time.

This is totally different to the British Strategy which seems to be to keep
quiet until the last few minutes, then go mad.  This makes it frustrating for
the seller, and gives the potential bidder no idea of the real value before
deciding to place a bid.

This last minute activity also must congest the system, many times an item I
have wanted  has been lost to me due to the system not responding in the last
minute, yet if I had a good idea of the value, I would be able to place what
I consider to be a reasonable bid early on, and just let it run, only topping
it up if I saw I was in danger of losing it.

With the new anonymous bidder marking, one cannot assess the likely interest
by examining the other bidders form, this might be good for security, but it
does remove any feeling one might have had about the intent of other bidders.

Even worse, this anonymous setting for small priced items seems to be encouraging
the fly-by-night bidder, the one that just plays the system for kicks, and has no intent
on buying an item, anonimity is playing right into their hands, previously we would see
their names, be able to inspect their feedback and interests, now they are just numbers.

Watchers too seem to crawl out of the wood work, some quite early in the life
of an item's exposure, only to vanish as end time approaches, I do wonder why
they watch an item and NEVER seem to bid. Perhaps eBay should levy a charge for
watchers that DO NOT at least place a bid on an item, and not apply the charge
to those that actually bid even if they don't win.

These actions, or rather lack of are making the eBay experience less pleasant
than it should be.


There seems to be an increasing reluctance to communicate with your buyers.
How nice it is to get a short note saying thanks, I will post off your item on XXXX,
it surely does not take that much effort, Ebay email is a 24/7 operation, not limited
to the working day, so even weekend sales can be notified, far better than sitting
there wondering, did I pick a bad seller? Communications IS important, it is an
aspect I prize highly and make a point of writing in the feedback for a seller that
has communicated well during the transaction.

If you are a seller, part of the deal on a sold item should be TELL the buyer WHEN
you intend to dispatch the item, not just send it with no previous note. A short
communication confirming dispatch costs nothing except a few seconds of your time.


I notice the use of a lot of "Gadgets" to catch the eye of the potential buyer, for example
the skill of composing a brief but comprehensive header to the item in the small space
provided had been replaced with "gadgets" like L@@K and WOW. It is my experience
that these sellers have to resort to these tricks to pass off what would be described as
"Boot Sale Junk" on a Sunday.


There is a flush of TV cards  on sale now, some carefully worded (or not) to make the
buyer think its a cheap (freeview) possible card, BEWARE most of these are NOT
digital, but analogue, (old TV) they will soon be unusable, when analogue is finally
switched off. Ok they will have a use in converting old VCR output to digital, but
not be of use to receive off air TV for much longer. Digital (Freeview) cards should
be marked as such, so look for the words FREEVIEW or DIGITAL in the heading.

I see we have another "In" expression used all too frequently in the selling of computer parts "Pulled" as in just pulled from a working PC, or pulled from a scrap PC! 
This is another example of what I refer to as "Garbage speak".. I "Pull" weeds from my garden, I "Pull"  carrots from my vegetable patch, this suggests that I don't take particular
care in these operations as the end result of both is the destruction of the item.
I certainly would NOT "Pull" a Sound or video card from a PC if I had any intention of
selling them as working items, so lets be a bit more precise and not resort to this loose  and miss-informing description.  what is wrong with "Removed from" or if you like to be more verbose, "Carefully removed from".  Yes another example of the "Sunday Boot sale" terminology.. This has been another gripe from...

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