Everyone likes a bargain and Ebay is a great place to get one.
When times are hard, it can be a great place to buy stuff and save money.
But a lot of people spend more money than they need to.
There are various strategies to buying items on Ebay and getting it cheaper.
Conversely, there are loads of ways of getting people to bid MORE on items that you're selling.
However, let's just assume that someone is selling something that you're interested in buying - cheap. Here's a tip. DON'T BID ON IT!
Many people simply see something they like and then put a bid on it and keep bidding until the end of the auction. Stupid!
This pushes the price up because of course other bidders will want the item too. Additionally, listings with more bids get more searches and consequently attract more
Plus, when you start in a bidding war, psychologically, you'll find it harder to let
go and very often bid more than you had intended - meaning you'll spend more.
What's the alternative?
Well, in my opinion, it is far better to evaluate the maximum price that you'd be prepared
to pay for the item at the outset and then simply bid once.
At the very end of the auction! Right at the very end - a few seconds before so that
other bidders will find it a lot harder to outbid you. It's called "sniping" and you can bet your competitors are doing it.
However, the disadvantage of this method is that it can be very time consuming to stay up all night looking at how the bids are progressing and then waiting till the last second to place the killing bid which can sometimes be late at night or early in the morning.
Additionally, other "Snipers" may have a better internet connection and pip you to the post.
So you can automate it with software. We use powersnipe - checkout my affiliates tools page at http://www.mklink.com/tools.php but of course there's loads of other software out there you could use - some are free and paid for by advertising. Anyway, It's saved me a fortune.
You don't even need to have your pc switched on as it all runs from a third party website.
Is it a Dirty trick? Maybe. Does it save money? Definitely! Your call...