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Delicious and eBay

When you're stressed because of deadlines, avoiding work is probably not the best strategy.

Anyways because I'm still thinking of doing that whole rec list idea and because I was reading that fic length is a factor for many people I spent last night and some of today retroactively going through all my Delicious links and adding word count or time tags to all of the fic and podfic.

It did get me kind of excited about the actual rec'ing though. As I was sifting through them I kept being reminded of how much I liked some of the fics.

In other news, I'm trying to buy something for my Halloween costume on eBay and I find the whole reserve idea incredible frustrating. Why would you have bidding start at $10, if you really want people to pay $400! I know that lower priced items catch people's eyes but it's really annoying.

Also, I bit on the stupid thing and it says that my current bid is $10, but I said I'd pay $100 and it's telling me the reserve hasn't been met. Does that mean that $10 doesn't meet the reserve? Or that $100 doesn't?

I found one outfit that is perfect and has a Buy Now within my price range and I *want* it. However it's currently in China, and I really doubt it'll get here in time if I do buy it. :(

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equusentric
Oct. 21st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
+ People are more likely to bid if they think they can get a deal, plus the listing cost is less if the starting bid is low.

+ If it says the reserve isn't met, then the reserve is more than the $100 you bid, which is why your bid is still at $10. If the reserve had been, say, $75, then your bid would have been set at $75 with "reserve met."
paraka
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! So, I'm currently being shown as the highest bidder but I'm also below the reserve amount, does that mean that if, by the end of the auction I'm still the highest bidder, nothing happens? I've reached the limit of what I'm willing to pay and haven't surpassed the reserve so I'd like to start looking at other items but I don't want to be on the hook for this item...
equusentric
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
does that mean that if, by the end of the auction I'm still the highest bidder, nothing happens?

That's correct. The seller isn't required to sell under reserve, so if you don't meet the reserve, the auction is a no sale.
paraka
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
The seller isn't required to sell under reserve
I saw that, but what throws me is that they aren't required to sell. That sounds like the option to sell is still there. Can they decide to ignore the reserve and sell it to me anyways? Can I choose not to buy if they decide that my best offer is enough despite not reaching the reserve?
equusentric
Oct. 21st, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
The seller has the option of accepting your maximum bid if they want to, but they're not required to accept it. Conversely, if you decide you don't want it after all, you're not required to buy it even if they say they'll accept your max bid.

Reserve auctions are a pain sometimes, but they do protect both the buyer and the seller, so no high dollar items they're kind of a useful thing.
paraka
Oct. 22nd, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Thanks again for explaining this all to me. I only use eBay once in a blue moon and it can be kind of intimidating. I think I'm just going to give up on buying what I was looking for. It would have been cool but it was going to be expensive and it's just too frustrating.
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