eBay vrs42?

From: der Mouse <mouse_at_Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: Sat Feb 12 22:36:05 2005

>>> I want to avoid a bidding war if possible.
> Why don't you just spend a minute and think about the maximum you
> would pay, and then snipe the auction with that amount? Bidding wars
> are so 1990s.

I was talking about someone offline about this issue, and he brought up
an interesting point: the emotional value of "winning". Except for
that, you'd find auctions where everyone simply picks a maximum and
bids that value. Sniping would be nonexistent. Bidding wars would be
nonexistent. (At least on ebay. In an auction where high bidder pays
the highest bid rather than the second-highest bid, escalating bidding
"wars" would still be possible, but would simply be a means of turning
the auction something like ebay ones, where the winning bidder pays
(approximately) the second-highest bid.)

All of the ethical issues around buyer "collusion" (of any of the sorts
discussed here) would still exist - at least for anyone for whom they
exist now; I gather there are some people who see no ethical issue

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