>>> I am talking about ones who have > 50
or more auctions, and have done
it on other auctions. .... I used that term to keep
this nearer to a family
Errr, okay. That's quite a big asterisk after "idiots", but okay.
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To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Subject: Re: bogus auction for Altair system on eBay
I know what I am talking about when I speak of idiots here. I am talking
about ones who have > 50 or more auctions, and have done it on other
If you want to buy something, put in a reasonably large bid and take it.
someone enters a large number $10 bids on an auction that eventually closes
at 150 or so, they are either trying to run up your bill or are in cahouts
with the seller.
I excuse 0 feedback people and so forth, and have actually had very little
problem with them, and never in this way.
When an item that should go for $40 or so sets around with your maximum bid
of say $200, and after a couple of days someone comes in and runs it to
$150, the only one who can possibly be happy is the vendor. I'm not because
the person ran up my bill, and the person is not because I got the item.
So I stand on my calling those sorts idiots. I used that term to keep this
nearer to a family readable format.
On 2/22/06, Computer Collector Newsletter <news at computercollector.com>
>>> due to idiots who bid up auctions
needlessly with small
Just because someone is a novice user or and unaware of sniping
doesn't make them an idiot.
The sniping is not the problem, It's my solution. I hate that I can't put a
in on something when I find it and find the above happened
Plenty of normal and educated people who aren't technical like us understand
"auction" to be "you bid this, than I
bid that plus a little more, and we
back and forth until someone stops bidding."
the bids that were put in were over a short period and were small increments
that were never answered by another bidder, only my reserve. that made me
Your statement is just another example of why we nerds are often considered
rude and socially clueless -- saying things like
"you don't know how to do
it, so you must be an idiot."
not my point at all, sorry if you took it to be so.
Jim, I know you and I know you are not an idiot (plus I'm not a fan of
name-calling), but that * statement * was pretty
ok, but I stand by the example. I didn't intend for this to take up so
words to make my point, and apologize for my lack of being
able to express what I meant the first time and with less verbage.