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Old Oct 08, 2010, 05:14 AM
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Yep, I was thinking of something different, like this:

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Old Oct 08, 2010, 05:36 AM
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That looks about like Peanut class (13-inch max wingspan or 9-inch max length).
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 05:58 AM
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Gnnnnhhhh

Must...

not...


buy...


another...


fountain pen!!!

(reaches over with left hand to remove right hand from mouse before clicking on "Place Bid")
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 06:16 AM
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Some people don't understand how Ebay works, do they? There are three bids. I look at the bid list, and the top two bids are both $15.00. What this tells me is that the first person to bid $15 is shown as the "winner," because first bid takes preference over a later equal bid. So, bidder A. bid a max of $15,00, bidder B bid a max of $15.00, and bidder A. is shown as winner. Which means a bid of $15.50 would now be the maximum bid if I submit it. And if I wait 16 hours and 45 minutes, and it doesn't change, then I'll know I can submit a bid of $15.50 with a few seconds left and win the auction.

Unless I had really bid the absolute maximum I could possibly scrape up for something I wanted, there is no way I'd let an item sit where it was obvious what my highest bid was. I love the ones where the highest bid is 5 or 10 cents over the next highest bid, because, again, it's still just as obvious what the highest bid submitted is.
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 07:17 AM
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Well, not quite. There's a difference between the current bid and your maximum bid. It won't show what the other person entered as their maximum bid. If you enter a bid amount of $30 and the max bids of all other people is only $15.50, then it will show you as having the highest bid, and then the current amount will be yours at like $16. As other people bid smaller amounts, eBay will continue to incrementally increase your current bid until it reaches $30. If somebody were to jump all in and bid $60, it would show them as being the highest bidder with $31, since that beats your highest bid.

Make sense?
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 07:28 AM
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Reread what I wrote. When the two top bids are both $15.00, that means that the first bid supersedes the second one and that's the only reason that is the winning bid. Otherwise, it would show the top bid as $15.50. Anything less than the next "step" bid amount more than the second-highest bid, i.e., the same bid, or anything up to only (in this case) 49 cents higher, means that is the highest bid that person has submitted.

If the guy with the winning bid had bid $15.50 or more, since the other guy's highest bid was $15.00, it would be showing the current highest bid as $15.50. If it shows the second-highest bid as $15.00, and the highest bid as $15.10, then you know the highest bid the guy currently in first place put in is $15.10.
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 10:50 AM
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ugh... too many words...


now the word "bid" sounds strange and has lost all meaning...
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 11:06 AM
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I usually bid my maximum but add $.03. Most bidders think in even dollar amounts, and when the bidding closes, $.03 higher is highest. Like, the other day when I totally sniped a fountain pe.....

Kirk (uh, never mind ) out
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 11:14 AM
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I always do the same thing, having the dollar amount end in something like 87 cents. That way, if the bid increment is 50 cents, I'll be over that amount. Everybody rounds things to the nearest dollar when bidding, which can work in my favor, especially when people are nibbling up the price instead of just betting their maximum.
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 11:16 AM
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My horoscope this morning said that a bunch of people will make pumpkin pies for me today.

So... who's going to be first?
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 11:23 AM
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Well, if THIS particular fountain pen is still sitting there at that bid in 11-1/2 hours, I think I'll snipe it at the last minute for myself!

By the way, another good thing is to find auctions that end at odd times, like early, early in the morning on the weekends, or in the middle of the night (like some idiot like me would post on my night off). MUCH less chance of some fool sniping it at the last minute.

This one is one I particularly want. I can buy one that is New Old Stock (NOS) for between $40 - $90. It will round out a collection of this particular model, and I believe my itch will be scratched for awhile.
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 09:16 PM
You can't stop the signal. . .
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I just got a stubborn computer program working properly.
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 11:03 PM
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I'm pumpkin-pie-less
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Old Oct 08, 2010, 11:35 PM
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And I'm gonna get some oreos and watch Ghost Adventures !!!
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Old Oct 09, 2010, 12:54 AM
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I'm scared to ask what Ghost adventures is. Not that I'm scare of ghosts. I'm just scared of the answer.

Heck of a way to spend a Friday night, eh, boys?
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