Re: Am I being scamed? (Dealer: Tonelli?)
Hi Gus, thank you for reaffirming what I know about sniping and such. I also consider sniping to be a bit more expanded than just a last minute action. How and why I came to that belief is simple. I learned the "patterns" of participation with those I usually go up against as well as I learned their practices of posting bids at an exact certain amount everytime-against someone else. One guy I also have easily figured out his bidding habits very easily be watching what kinds of pics he goes for and such. Really no brainwork involved ;-)) I also know when certain bidders are always online and their Methods of Operation-against other bidders. You can almost set the exact time on your watch with some of these bidders.
Also, as I know exactly how much certain bidders over-bid on items-I know precisely when I can log on-and then start over-bidding those who overbid exact amounts. Also, I know that some of these guys wait till the last minute to log on and place a bid-and not bidding hours and or days earlier on certain items knowing that if there appears to be a lack of attention paid on a certain item-that usually makes the other guy (the first or most current bidder) get lapse in paying attention-therefore-he is easy to beat.
Shill bidders are easy to spot as well-partly as is like what you mentioned above-and partly in other ways. Also, sometime people bid as a "group" in order to make sure a particular item becomes theirs. These bidders are also easy to spot and many often have somewhat similar user-names.
With friendly greetings--C.
05-12-2009 02:02 AM