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Old 05-21-2006, 07:39 AM   #1  
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How do you do it? I won 3 sets this week I have been after since Christmas. I think I am getting the hang of it. What can you share to get really great deals. I won't buy unless I am convinced I am getting a real steal!
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If the bidding price and postage are less than SU's price & postage, I will bid. If it goes over, then I'm out.
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I always check out auctions that end at weird hours... If it's something I really want I'm willing to stay up until 1 or 2am to get it. I got a $38.95 alphabet set for under $12 (including shipping) by doing that!

And... patience.
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Good tips..keep em comin!
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When you enter your maximum bid, STICK TO IT even if you are outbid and it's an item you really want. Also, don't forget to figure in shipping when you're calculating your maximum bid.
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Are certain days better than others as far as ending time? Is Buy It Now ever smart?
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I always calculate my maximum bid by taking the original price of the stamps and working backwards. If the set is NUM, I deduct the shipping charge listed in the auction. If it is mounted, but very clean, I deduct 10% of the original price (I've gotten some really *badly* mounted sets!), then the shipping. If it's visibly used, I deduct 20% and the shipping. (As you can see, my maximum will vary from auction to auction, even though it's the same set I'm looking at.) If I think the seller is gouging on the shipping, but I really want the item, I will bid -- but 'ding' my maximum down by a few $$ just on General Principles.

I bid ONLY ONCE, as late in the auction as possible, and only bid my pre-set maximum. Getting into a bidding war only benefits the seller!

Another essential practice: *always* read the listing carefully and know what the seller's terms are BEFORE you bid. If you have questions, ASK them, as early in the auction as possible. If, for example, the shipping charge isn't listed in the auction, politely ask the seller to calculate it for you and give your ZIP so s/he can do it. If the seller doesn't respond to my question, I don't bid.

LOOK at the seller's feedback -- that's what it's there for! A surprising number of buyers leave a 'positive' feedback (possibly for fear of getting a negative in retaliation) but say negative things in it. If it looks like the seller is a non-responsive, slow shipper and this is likely to bother you -- look elsewhere for the item. I also look at the feedback the seller has left for others -- some can get really nasty at a slight criticism -- it will give you an idea of the kind of treatment you're likely to receive if you have a problem with the transaction.

I ONLY deal with sellers who take PayPal, because both of us are protected that way if anything goes wrong. I don't send my checking account or credit card number to people I don't know, and wouldn't dream of sending a MO -- once I drop it in the mailbox, I have no way of knowing/proving that the other person received it. Yes, I know I'm a Mistrustful Soul -- but this practice has served me VERY well in eBay-Land. Using PayPal provides the proof that I've paid, and if my goods don't show up and the seller can't prove they were shipped, I get my bucks back. As it should be... (Yes, I do also sell on eBay, and only *take* PayPal payments for the same reasons -- it protects both parties to the sale.)

Finally -- I always keep in mind that there's another one of what I'm looking for coming along. Patience is definitely an asset if you want to get a good deal on eBay! Hang in there, do your homework, and you'll get what you want at a price you're willing to pay ... eventually.

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I've gotten some really good deals on auctions that end on holidays -- fewer people bidding, I guess. Sunday nights have been fairly productive for me, too. I'm too old & decrepit to stay up late waiting to bid, but sometimes auctions that end at weird hours work out well for me -- if I remember to bid just before I go to bed. Keep in mind that I'm on the Left Coast and it's earlier here...

Sure, Buy It Now can be smart -- if the price is one you're willing to pay and the item is one you don't want to wait for. Sometimes the seller just wants to get rid of the item ASAP and prices it reasonably to begin with! If the listing is full of phrases like "RARE!!!!", "LQQK" (my personal fave), "Hard to Find!" (despite the other 63 listings for the same item) and "get it quick" you can be pretty well assured that the BIN price is way out of line -- I just laugh and keep on looking.

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KNOW the original price!!!!! I see SO many people paying HUGE amounts of $$ for things that aren't worth 1/4 of what they are bidding (like the 1 stamp from Alphabits going for $33!)
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If your maximum bid is going to be $10.50 (or whatever), use $10.51 instead ... yes, sometimes that extra penny will help you win the auction. I've done this a few times and it can work!
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By the way, know the stamp set! That's the key too! Sometimes,
you bid, and then you look at the stamp set, and hey, it's
missing one or two pieces! Bummer to you if you won the set!
I've done that a few times too much...........
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LOOK at the seller's feedback -- that's what it's there for! A surprising number of buyers leave a 'positive' feedback (possibly for fear of getting a negative in retaliation) but say negative things in it. If it looks like the seller is a non-responsive, slow shipper and this is likely to bother you -- look elsewhere for the item. I also look at the feedback the seller has left for others -- some can get really nasty at a slight criticism -- it will give you an idea of the kind of treatment you're likely to receive if you have a problem with the transaction.
AMEN, and AMEN!! This is a good way to determine if the product you get is okay OR if you will actually get it. Although it doesn't always help. I bid on a set from a gal in Hawaii with a 100% feedback. BUT her feedback was all from sellers. She had just started being a seller herself and was not ready for the bother. I got three sets from her....one was not the right set. I returned it but never got the correct set in place of it. She claimed she THOUGHT it was sent but never had proof. After a few e-mails where she gave a lot of excuses, I've gotten nothing and heard nothing. She must have done it to others as well because Ebay took her off as a seller. So, if any of you know G Silva in Wahiawa.....don't get anything from her!!
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