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I'm currently the high bidder for a frame on Ebay and would like to raise my max bib.

So, say my max bid is $500, and the current bid is at $450, if I raise my max bib to say $600, will I effectively raise the current bid to $500 (my original max bid) or will it just raise my max bid and not raise the current bid.
 

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I don't think you'll raise the current bid. If that were to happen then people could get their buddies to artificially inflate the price of stuff too easily. You'll only be raising your own bid, not bidding against yourself (from your first bid).

Here's and idea. Cancel your current bid (if you still can) and then enter your new high bid.
 

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eatdrinkride said:
I don't think you'll raise the current bid. If that were to happen then people could get their buddies to artificially inflate the price of stuff too easily.
it's called shill bidding and anyone can do it as long as they are not using the account that the item is listed under; and it's unfortunately done all the time.

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You'll only be raising your own bid, not bidding against yourself (from your first bid).
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eatdrinkride said:
Here's and idea. Cancel your current bid (if you still can) and then enter your new high bid.
with all due respect and no offense meant, i would strongly advise the op to NOT cancel (i.e. retract) his bid just to enter a higher one.

for one thing, there's no reason to since he wants to enter a higher bid on the object.

for another ebay keeps track of bid retractions and they follow one's profile. as a seller i can refuse to allow bids from people with X amount of bid retractions, non payment strikes, etc.

@ oldhouseman - all you have to do is enter your new high bid amount and ebay will do the rest for you. it will NOT raise your bid if you enter a higher amount because you cannot bid against yourself.
 

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Thanks guys,

Went exactly as you said. One thing though, entered my new max bid and a box popped up asking if I'd like to raise my max bid.
 

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You should never bid on something until the last 10 seconds, always works for me!
I could never understand why people keep bidding on stuff 4 or 5 days before the end, I have seen people pay more for an item than they would have paid if they just ordered the item from a store. Is there really any reason to bid and outbid someone days in advance of the end of the auction?
 

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aaron04 said:
You should never bid on something until the last 10 seconds, always works for me!
I could never understand why people keep bidding on stuff 4 or 5 days before the end, I have seen people pay more for an item than they would have paid if they just ordered the item from a store. Is there really any reason to bid and outbid someone days in advance of the end of the auction?
speaking as a seller, i LOVE bidding wars! :thumbsup:

speaking as a buyer, i use a sniping service which enters my bid 5 seconds before the auction closes. then i don't even have to be at the computer to bid on something and, as aaron said, don't get involved in a bidding war. by avoiding bidding wars you avoid the people that sit there and keep "raising" by $5 until they get the price so high they don't want to bid on it any more but still not high enough to outbid you.

even though you still paid less than your maximum bid this could have been avoided by a sniping service because "$5 guy" thinks he's got the thing until the last 5 seconds and them BAM! i just saved a ton of cash!
 

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speaking as a seller, i LOVE bidding wars! :thumbsup:

speaking as a buyer, i use a sniping service which enters my bid 5 seconds before the auction closes. then i don't even have to be at the computer to bid on something and, as aaron said, don't get involved in a bidding war. by avoiding bidding wars you avoid the people that sit there and keep "raising" by $5 until they get the price so high they don't want to bid on it any more but still not high enough to outbid you.

even though you still paid less than your maximum bid this could have been avoided by a sniping service because "$5 guy" thinks he's got the thing until the last 5 seconds and them BAM! i just saved a ton of cash!
I didnt know you could still use a sniping service? I tried it years ago but could never get it to work right.
I like when I think I have something and go to enter my bid at the last 5 or 10 seconds and forget I have to confirm my bid, get confused and hit "backspace" instead of "enter", Then I kick myself for an hour after watching the other guy take my stuff !
 

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aaron04 said:
I didnt know you could still use a sniping service? I tried it years ago but could never get it to work right.
I like when I think I have something and go to enter my bid at the last 5 or 10 seconds and forget I have to confirm my bid, get confused and hit "backspace" instead of "enter", Then I kick myself for an hour after watching the other guy take my stuff !
www.justsnipe.com

you get 5 free snipes a week at 8 seconds out, but can't use them on ebay motors.

www.ezsniper.com

this one gives you three free snipes to begin with, but after that you pay 1% of your winning bid. snipes at 5 seconds out. you can use this service on ebay motors. if you use this one pm me and i'll give you my buddy's name to provide as a referral, and he gets three more free snipes.
 

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People still sell on ebay? They charge out the gills to list...
 

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Kona0197 said:
People still sell on ebay? They charge out the gills to list...
the listing isn't what get's ya, it's the final value fees! :(

now the paypal fees... those REALLY hurt. :cryin:
 

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I'm generally an eBay buyer..

It pisses me off when a bunch of guys are bidding on an item with like four days in the auction. COME ON!!!
 

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Always bid $1.02 more than what you're willing to pay for an item, just in case someone else got the idea to bid $1 more, and another guy got the idea to bid $1.01 more.

I've "won" at least a couple bidding wars that way.
 

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If I find something I'm willing to buy, I'm pretty picky, I'll just enter my max bid and leave it alone from there. If I win, great, if I loose, so be it. So far this has worked on about half the stuff I've won. And I can always buy it new.
 

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I agree that it's often silly to bid more than 1/2 hour in advance of the end of the auction, but it is sometimes necessary. On higher value items, sniping is a better choice and more effective- I use www.auctionsniper.com. Do the sniping sites above charge a fee for their service?
I'm just always amazed to watch a bidding war go past the price of a buy-it-now auction of the same item.
 

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OldHouseMan said:
If I find something I'm willing to buy, I'm pretty picky, I'll just enter my max bid and leave it alone from there. If I win, great, if I loose, so be it. So far this has worked on about half the stuff I've won. And I can always buy it new.
The problem with this is that most people do not have the same level of restraint as you- they're mostly will to bid "just a little more" to get that item. The more they look at the pictures and dwell on it, the more determined they are to win. If they have entered their max bid and then see your higher one a few days before the end, they have those days to convince themselves and justify spending just a little more on it. That's my philosophy on bidding anyway :thumbsup:
 
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