What kind of ebay shopper are you?

July 25, 2010 2:27pm CST
Do you window shop on e-bay? Do you hunt for bargains by misspelling or low feedback/new sellers willing to take the loss just to gain feedback to be reputable? (Risk as the new seller can just run) Do you place your bid and wait? Do you lie in waiting and snip? Do you use programs or sites to snip? Do you bid in the moment and end up in a bidding war and spending more than you intended? After paying for an auction you see someone winning another for half price do you bid just to make someone's bid go higher out and make them pay more out of spit? (Dangerous as it can backfire and you win) We all have our own habits, what is yours?
7 responses
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
26 Jul 10
sometimes i place a bid and wait. i have learned not to get too involved because sometimes if you bid at the last minute, you can end up paying way more than you were willing to in the first place.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
26 Jul 10
I don't have one strategy, I do what seems best for each auction, depending on how many other bidders they are, how badly I want the item and so on. But I definitely never ever do anything just out of spite!
• United States
26 Jul 10
I window shop for the most part, but ocassionally I buy things when I see something I really want or see something I think someone else will like. The last thing I bought was a book on the Titanic for my husband. I try to bid on things, but lately it seems like I get outbidded. I think the prices of posting items is too high and that is why I do not sell on ebay.
@Philip65 (91)
• Brunei Darussalam
26 Jul 10
I normally prefer to buy the item straight, but as a whole, i will go for the cheapest and most reasonable and trusted seller. Unless the item is really unique, i will go for it at any slightly higher but still reasonable price.. i will only go to ebay when the items i need cant be found in my area.. it is a good site, but sometimes the order i purchased just never comes :(
26 Jul 10
I am more of a Buy-It-Now person, since bidding can often leave a person unhappy. I also go through every single listing in order to look for combine shipping, etc. In other words, I am a very cheap person. I also watch my items with my iPhone, which can come quite handy.
@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
26 Jul 10
A few days ago, I was shopping at Ebay.com ... it's very nice shop at Ebay, especially if you follow the auction program, because we can shop with get a lower price (including deliver cost). there are a few tips if you want to shop on Ebay: 1) make sure the seller feedback and over 95%. this is to ensure that the seller is not bad. 2) DO NOT make payment through bank transfer or Western Union / Money Gram because it is NOT SECURE, proper use PayPal to make payment because paypal have the Ebay Buyer Protection feature. 3) Ask the tracking code for the items that we buy. ask the seller where the tracking code so that we can get the item-tracking delivery.
@Walshyy (18)
25 Jul 10
I prefer to but "Buy it now" items. It saves the wait. Also i order so the price and P&P is ordered lowest to highest so i get the best deal. I go for the high rated sellers and users that have shops and businesses so i know there is going to be no problems. I received a item in 3 days with a high rated seller, but with a first seller i have been waiting for ages, he said he shipped it but he has not even marked ebay as he shipped it. When i don't have money i love window shopping and watching items that i know are to expensive to buy.