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That will go up very soon!

Sorry to hijack the thready, but what's with "no shipping to Italy". I've seen this before. Does Italy have some sort of import barrier to shoes. Are they trying to protect their domestic shoe industry?
 

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That will go up very soon!

Sorry to hijack the thready, but what's with "no shipping to Italy". I've seen this before. Does Italy have some sort of import barrier to shoes. Are they trying to protect their domestic shoe industry?
That is an extremely interesting question. As Italy is a member of the EU, I would think tax/duty policy in regard to importing shoes would be no different than in any of the other EU nations. It would be great if someone could answer this conundrum, if only so it will stop bothering me. :confused:
 

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Likely these will go way up--but this is where you want a snipe engine like Hammersnipe. It will place your bid with a few seconds to go and you might get lucky.

For a while Grapevine Hill would list a pair twice at a BIN over $100. If they failed to sell, they'd start the third time at 0.99. I picked up several new pairs for less than $50--helped by the fact that 8.5 EEE is not a popular size. I think they figured out what I was doing, since they no longer start things at 0.99.
 

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I've never understood eBay sniping. Isn't the proper thing to do is to bid exactly what you would pay, and no more? You'll automatically pay the minimum you need to win the auction.

I temporarily owned an AE Burton. I decided it didn't fit and returned it. The apron design I think is nice but the squareness of the toe is pretty bad (though not as bad as that picture makes it look).
 

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The idea of sniping is that you won't arouse the interest of other buyers who might get excited and outbid you. When I was lazy I would bid my maximum and lose 90% of the auctions I wanted. Now I bid very late or put in a nominal bid up-front.

There's nothing really wrong about sniping though. It's how the game has been played since 1996 when I got an account.
 

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The idea of sniping is that you won't arouse the interest of other buyers who might get excited and outbid you. When I was lazy I would bid my maximum and lose 90% of the auctions I wanted. Now I bid very late or put in a nominal bid up-front.

There's nothing really wrong about sniping though. It's how the game has been played since 1996 when I got an account.
+1 - Sniping was the standard back in the days and still is.

If you think about it, if I were to bid on an item 2-3 days prior to the ending, another buyer has the time to incremental bid and eventually win (I know it's a little tedious to do this, but it does happen). Also, sniping benefits the buyers as it doesn't necessarily cause inflation prior to the auction ending.
 

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+1 - Sniping was the standard back in the days and still is.

If you think about it, if I were to bid on an item 2-3 days prior to the ending, another buyer has the time to incremental bid and eventually win (I know it's a little tedious to do this, but it does happen). Also, sniping benefits the buyers as it doesn't necessarily cause inflation prior to the auction ending.
You should never change your maximum price for something just because someone else wants to pay more. (If only people applied this to the stock/housing market...)

So the reason for sniping, I guess, is not to be irrational but to take advantage of others' irrationality by keeping auction bids low.
 

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Don't know what the customs issue is for Italy, but perhaps it is a beard for the desire of Ebay sellers to avoid Italy because of fraud. For vintage watch sellers I know, they have had persistent problems with Italian sellers claiming items were not delivered and in some instances returned with missing parts for a refund. There are certain countries (Italy, Nigeria, Thailand, Romania) that have developed bad reputations with ebay sellers, correctly or not.
 

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You should never change your maximum price for something just because someone else wants to pay more. (If only people applied this to the stock/housing market...)

So the reason for sniping, I guess, is not to be irrational but to take advantage of others' irrationality by keeping auction bids low.
No, it is to avoid the irrationality of others who will bid more in a contest based on emotion.
 

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Pretty much what has been said--you decide well in advance what you are willing to pay and don't have to look at it again (although you'll get an email if someone places an open bid higher than your maximum). But you can also put items in bid groups eg. "shoes" knowing that you'll only wind up with one pair of PAs out of the five closing Thursday. Two Christmases ago I wanted two Canon cameras, there were over a hundred listed and I had around fifty targeted. It takes around 15 seconds to enter a listing--a quarter hour saved me well over $100.
 

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The 99 cents is a starting bid, Its starts there before a single bid, they could have set a higher starting bid but the chances of someone getting them for 99 cents is basically zero. As you see now they went for just over $75. When I see an item like that and I am interested in it I click the "watch this item" button but I dont bid until just before the end of the auction and I bid the maximum I am willing to pay, hopefully I can enter my bid about 8 seconds before the end which gives ebay just enough time to compare my max bid to the current high bid and move me one notch above that without going to my maximum. before anyone else can take another shot it ends. This doesn't always get me the item because the current high bidder can have a max bid thats above my maximum.

Sometimes someone will bid to get in the winning spot and then make a very high bid as their max and if you bid big at the end to guarantee you win you might find you paid WAY TOO MUCH so never bid over your personal limit and always check to see that the shipping isn't a rip-off and include the cost of it when you determine what the most is that you are willing to pay.

If you do a search through my posts for EBAY you will find a big long set of rules I use to score good deals on ebay without getting burned.
 
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