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I always use sniping software too.
I don't see how you can spend over the odds on ebay though as you set your maximum bid.
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Another good classifieds site thats worth using is www.adflyer.co.uk
I have used eBay for years but refuse to use them since they stopped sellers leaving negative feedback. I recently sold a phone by auction and then the guy refused to pay saying 'the phone was not worth the final price'. He didn't respond when I asked him why he had bid more than he thought it was worth.
Maybe I'll take a look at eBid and Adflyer.
I buy on eBay and sell on their local subsidiary, marktplaats.nl. Even the times I've bought something I wasn't happy with, I've been able to make a profit anyway, and the feedback issue is not a problem on the local site.
Looking in the ebay community discussions, it appeared they had some new facilities for sellers, which were more effective than just give neg feedback. Can't remember the details, but some people seemed to feel it gave them an improvement, a bit under the covers, but good once you know it. Essentially, you can check when a buyer has been a problem, and block them from your auctions.
Just can't remember the details.
I had a look Keith and could find no information about problem buyers. I would be interested in seeing that page if anybody knows where it is.
sorry can't find it myself now, and i think i need to
Quote: i think i need to
LOL, you'd better find it, then.
Let us know, it sounds good.
Hang on. I think the last time I sold something on eBay there were extra fields to fill in for the auction, and I seem to remember you could indeed ban certain groups of eBay members from bidding. I think it's in the listing options, Keith.
If you are not allowed to leave negative feedback I suppose these options must be to do with not allowing bids from people who have been involved in disputes. Seems a bit woolly to me.
Found it. It allows you to automatically block bids from buyers who have had non-payment reports or policy breaches, but the minimum is 2 non payments or 4 breaches in the last month! As far as I am concerned anybody with 1 or more breaches is somebody I don't want bidding on my stuff.
Bookmarking Ian's link. Thanks Ian...
Ah, good find. Yes, I agree - if I could set the threshold, it would be 1 non-payment.
This might be of interest although it is very limited
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