Snipe S/W?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Thu Dec 21 10:51:36 2000

On Thu, 21 Dec 2000, John Foust wrote:

> One man's snipe bid is another man's bid. How do you determine
> a sensible period between "going once" and "going twice"? In a
> real-world auction where they're in a hurry to move to the
> next item, N seems to be between zero and two seconds.

In the newsgroups, N is between 1 and 2 days. Sure it draws it out, but
this is the Internet. We can get away with that.

> In your system, would I not be able to join the bidding
> between "going once" and "going twice"? Why not? Because
> I'm morally flawed for finding the auction at the last minute?
> Maybe the only reason I saw the auction was because it was at
> the top of the search results because it had five minutes to go.

I think the way some newsgroup auctions work, the sellers only allow
previous bidders to participate in the "going" phase. But I've also seen
the bidding stay open to all until it's "gone".

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger
Received on Thu Dec 21 2000 - 10:51:36 GMT

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