Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bid History

Can anyone tell me about bidding on eBay? I've never done it before (seriously, I am an eBay virgin), and now I'm really confused.

I'm thinking of buying one of these Sloan Tanen dioramas for charity.

So here's what I don't get: why would anyone bid against themselves five times and raise the price $250??? Bidding advice appreciated, thanks.

In related news, my (ahem) 35th birthday is coming up, and many people have been asking what I want for a present. The problem here is that the only things I want, and don't just go and buy for myself, are big-ticket items...

However, if like 40 of you want to get together and get me one of these lovely pieces of art, or maybe an iPod Nano for me to wear while running, that would be cool.


Grace said...

What happened was is the bidder put in a maximum bid. When you bid on an object you can put in another higher bid that Ebay and only you see. This is helpful in case you can't watch all 500 hours of the auction to see if anyone outbids you. If a person bids on the object but it is not higher than your second maximum bid, the price of the object raises but you are still winning until someone bids over your maximum bid.

Maggie said...

Thanks for the info, Grace!

Now this listing said "Only actual bids (not automatic bids generated up to a bidder's maximum) are shown." So I'm guessing that means that we're seeing only the real bids of the buyer who was responding to the automatic bids of another buyer. But we're not seeing the automatic bids, which is why it looks like the non-auto-bidder is bidding against him/herself?

Grace said...

Yes. You are well on your way to purchase other people's crap!