EU [eBay] Super Micro X11SCL-F

Discussion in 'Great Deals' started by Miguel Antunes, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. Miguel Antunes

    Miguel Antunes New Member

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  2. ullbeking

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    Seems too good to be true?
     
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  3. nikalai

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    I don't know if it was true but fore sure something is strange.

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    I thought that i was the last bidder but in the last seeconds i was outbided.
     
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  4. Wasmachineman_NL

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  5. pif43

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    Actually retards just bid and boost auctions, 30 bids, 40 bids, 50 bids and counting...BOOM, 100$ deal becomes 400$ 90% of MSRP.

    Sniping seems to be more clean.
     
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  6. lhibou

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    eBay sniping is an interesting topic. The psychology of bidding does indeed seem to artificially inflate the price, so if you're a deal hunter (well, you're in this forum aren't you? hehe...) I would argue you should get on board the snipe-wagon if you haven't already.

    The conclusion I came to after getting sick of losing auctions where I was placing an honest decent bid is that
    a.) eBay allows sniping automation tools [they are aware of it and expose the API (I think?), and it's not against the TOS]
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    b.) however I feel about it, I guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. It seems that most serious eBayers use them, and while I don't consider myself an eBay expert or fanatic by any means, I really was sick of it happening.

    PS I've been using a web app called "Gixen" for it, for the past year or two. Don't know much about others but it's free and straight-forward to use (copy/pasta the auction ID# and put in your desired max bid and it does the rest).

    PPS(edit): I wasn't bidding on this item btw, just popped by to drop this comment and my $0.02 on sniping for anyone reading. :)
     
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  7. Patriot

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    In this case the seller appears to be using an automated tool to boost his revenue which is against tos... given amount of rescinded bids.
     
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  8. rootgremlin

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    all you really need is a ntp-synchronized client for bidding, no tools necessary.
    If you input the maximum price you are willing to pay for the item, 5-2 sec before the end of the auction. (which is always mentioned to the second in the Auction)
    You can win the auction 95% of the time.
     
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  9. lhibou

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    Oh yikes. Didn't catch that. That's shady. Bummer!
     
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  10. int0x2e

    int0x2e New Member

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    Just since the subject of sniping came up, I wanted to add my two cents...

    An ideal auction is one that guarantees that the highest bidder will win, and they'll pay the correct price, meaning that they'll pay a price that captures the market rate in some fair way.
    Ebay uses second-bid auctions, which is a great auction mechanism in theory - bidders make their bids, highest bidder wins, but only pays a single increment over the second-highest bid.
    This means that for rational actors, the best strategy would be to always bid exactly as much as they value the item (make their first and only offer for as much as they're willing to pay), since they will pay only as much as others value that item.
    The issue is that humans aren't rational, and they get emotionally invested in the specific auction and make our decisions based on sunk cost and FOMO.
    This is intentionally made worse by eBay sending notifications whenever you're outbid and other tricks...

    In my view, sniping actually fixes the flaws that come up when humans bid on eBay.
    Just set a snipe for your one and only final price, then walk away - don't check up on the auction, don't change your snipe price, don't do anything.
    It might be a lot less exciting and might not make sellers happy, but it's a lot more efficient and fair for everyone in the long run...
     
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