By Kirsten Hawkins
eBay isn’t just an auction and a marketplace: often it can
quite a lot like a game. Like any game, you can get ahead if
think strategically, using your head to outwit the other
and get the best price. Here are a few things you can try.
Shop in the Summer.
This is simple, but effective. Summer is the quiet season on
eBay – almost everything sells for less. While everyone else
out enjoying the sun, invest a little time to find some real
Beat Them by a Few Cents.
Outbid people by a few cents instead of a few dollars – if
don’t check back before the auction ends, then you will be the
winner. To avoid people using this tactic on you, though,
always bid strange, hard-to-guess amounts instead of round
If you know when the auction ends, you can get in there at the
very last second and outbid your rivals. The chances are that
they won’t have the time to sit in front of the auction
for it to end – as a rule, he who stays wins. If someone else
does retaliate at the end of the auction, though, try not to
get carried away in those last few seconds and end up paying
This is a strategy for the braver eBay buyer. All of the
you will see for eBay beginners tells you to buy items that
good pictures, clear descriptions, trustworthy sellers and all
the rest. If you’re brave, why not take a risk and do the
Many buyers won’t want that item from the seller with a
feedback rating of 5, no picture and a one-line description.
you take a calculated risk and bid anyway, you might be able
make a tiny bid and win by default. There are people on eBay
who make their living from winning auctions like these, taking
good pictures of the item, writing a good description and then
reselling it at a huge profit. Be careful, though: do this for
long enough, and you will inevitably lose your money at some
point. It’s especially unwise to try it with very high-value
Avoid Bidding Wars.
There are few things on eBay that are so rare that you’ll only
see them once and never again. There are usually quite a few
sellers who have an item. What’s more, they will generally
more than one to sell, even if they haven’t listed them all at
once. Always check your seller’s history to see whether they
sell your item all the time – and if they do, then wait for
next one instead of bidding to the skies.
Now, there may come a time in your eBay life when you realise
that you’ve screwed up your bid, and you wish there was an
‘undo’ button. Here’s the good news for you: there is! The
email will be all about withdrawing your eBay bids.
About The Author: Kirsten Hawkins is an Ebay and internet
auction enthusiast from Nashville, TN. Visit
www.auctionseller411.com/ for more great tips on how to
make the most from Ebay and other online auctions.