"Bidders:5 Bids:31 Time left:2 days 14 hours 1 minDuration:7 days"
...so much for "31 bids" then (bold and bigger font my addition)
This is the screen shot I get, with the stated "31 bids". not the one you get with another bidder and well over the stated "31 bids". Of course, if another bidder is involved (and not a shill or the same bidder using a second computer/account) then there is an actual bidding war going on. But this is not what my screen shot shows and that is what I based my conclusion on.
Originally Posted by starshipvelcro
You can't just keep upping your bid if you're the highest bidder, it will keep it at the same point (which is $1 or whatever over what the previous higher bidder posts) until someone challenges it, then it will use your higher bids as reserve up until someone goes even a penny over that.
This is why at the end of auctions you can input an outrageous amount and it'll keep it at just over that of the next lowest bid, if you really want something that bad.
So, if you decide you want to bid higher you can't until someone else overbids you? That would require you either continuously monitor and place higher bids over a long time period until the auction ends or else be required to place a maximum bid. I was of the opinion you could always up your bid anytime you wanted to, regardless if you were bidding over your last bid, by placing another, higher bid. You are not really bidding against yourself, you are placing a higher bid perhaps so other bidders will give up. Ebay bids are not required to be only the minimum advance. I could bid on an item that required a minimum up bid of $1.00 with a bid of $100.00 over the last bid and it would register as a $100.00 increase in bid price, not the minimum $1.00.
Ebay is in it for the $. A higher bid equals more for eBay AND the seller. If the buyer is motivated or crazy enough to bid well over the previous bid eBay owes it to the seller to maximize his money. I cannot believe that eBay would reduce or hold the next bid to a minimum if the bidder bid a higher amount not constrained by automatic bidding toward a maximum.
"Only actual bids (not automatic bids generated up to a bidder's maximum) are shown."--This from eBay right on the bid page shown by insomniac
Originally Posted by NewHaarlem
There was not a single other bid registered (within $134 to $290) by other bidder(s) because he (e***g) outbid them with his maximum bid.
Without a competing bid showing on the bid sheet in effect there has been no competing bid to outbid.
This whole eBay event stinks like rotten fish.