Today I won a camera eBay auction by a Penny
It was a nice feeling. I and another bidder competed for a Minolta SRT 100x on eBay. He bid a little, I bid a little and then “felt” that he had a higher limit on the camera so I stopped bidding. I kept raising my bids from about three dollars to ten dollars but his/her higher bid kicked in and outbid me.
So I waited for my 5 second snipe. See my post on eBay auction sniping.
Five Second Sniping on eBay
If I want a camera on eBay I always wait for the last 5 seconds to make a bid. Whether there’s another bidder or not. Yesterday, I knew there was another bidder so I waited for the last 5 seconds.
I decided that my limit for a 35 year old Minolta SRT 100x would be fifteen dollars plus shipping. If the other person outbid me, so be it.
I know, $15 dollars for a camera and 3 lenses doesn’t sound like a big purchase. But isn’t part of the fun of buying eBay cameras at auction the thrill of winning?
Always add a penny to your eBay Bids
In the past I have won eBay auctions in the last 5 seconds by 50 cents or even 25 cents. But I can never remember winning an auction by a penny.
I wanted the camera for $15 plus shipping. So I bid $15 plus a penny in the last 5 seconds.
Winning eBay Auction Bids by a Penny
So I won a Minolta camera with 3 lenses. I really bid on it because it looked like it was in good condition and someone’s father had used it “lightly” years ago according to the description on eBay.
I know the other person was disappointed when he learned I had outbid him/her by a penny. But I taught the other bidder two important lessons yesterday:
- Never bid with round figures for lesser priced goods on eBay. If you want to bid $15.00, then bid $15.01. Never bid with .25 or .50 or .75. Always bid with 27, 51, or 77 cents. You get the idea.
- If you can watch an auction, all the action happens in the last 5 seconds.
So good luck on your next eBay auction. Just add a couple of pennies to each final bid.
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