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 Post subject: SNIPE
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:07 pm 
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is it OK to snipe? recently a malaya study group member said to me it was not a good thing to do ! can someone explain why ?


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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:30 am 
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It depends on what you mean by sniping. Gratuitous showing off and trying to show how clever you are just doesn't usually lead to a helpful discussion. You don't want to make people keep their heads down to avoid the snipers bullets.

On the other hand if it is the study of ornithology, that's OK


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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:29 am 
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I meant it as in using automated software, such as Esnipe, to post bids on ebay a few seconds before the lot closes. It hides my bids !

isn't a Snipe a wading bird ?


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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:48 am 
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Sniping a bid always seems a bit unethical to me. If everyone sniped, it would come down to milliseconds as to the winner, some bids being equal. Stick your hand up, wave your card, bid properly!
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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:09 pm 
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when I can go to an auction and bid in the room of course that is what I do, but on ebay if I bid a day or a week before the end other bidders can keep on bidding until they beat me.
If I snipe no one sees my bid.
It is like bidding by post, only the auctioneer sees my bid then and if you bid more than me by post or in the room you win. But if I bid more than you I win. Neither of us knows who will win until it is over.
So what is the problem?


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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:04 pm 
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The problem is that in a room auction, you can get an idea of where things are going, who is bidding etc. Postal bids form part of the interactive process in the room. A purely 'Postal' auction will follow the rules of 'Snipe', but ebay is not a postal auction, it is an interactive one.

Thats what I think anyway.....

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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:27 pm 
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an ebay auction is open 7 - 9 days, usually. In a room auction from 100 - 500 lots an hour are offered. That is a big difference for bidding time. Days gives the opposition plenty of time to bid.

I have been in a room when they sold at 500 lots an hour, have to stay alert !











be a lert, we need all the lerts we can get


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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:37 pm 
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Cant see anything wrong with last second bids - after all it's the last one standing who gets the early worm. Puts me in mind of the happy days in Poona when we went down to the bazaar and haggled hard - of course the aim was to beat the fella down , so maybe that's not quite the same. Or is it, cos when engaged in Sniping you seem to be trying to get the thing for the lowest load of dosh you can. Sorry that ebayer has to stay awake for a whole hour in an auction. By the way I bought a stuffed lert in Poona.


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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:45 am 
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Was it a left hand or right hand Lert? I have a left hand one, and am trying to balance it out with an opposite one, looks silly on its own.

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 Post subject: Re: SNIPE
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:10 pm 
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have just checked but no right handed lerts in stock today. will look out for one and let you know when I find one. Would offer it at a very reasonable price,


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