6 auctions in 5 days!
3 lost when someone beat my bid within the normal course of the auction...no problem there, it's how things should work. I had a maximum I was willing to pay, if someone is willing to pay more - and is willing to compete for it - more power to ya!
But the last 3 were won (by $1) in the last 5-10 seconds (twice by folks who had not taken part in the bidding until those last seconds) on auctions that had had no activity in days. That is a sleazy chicken-sh*t way to win an auction. If you want something, risk raising the price by participating but paying $1 more in the last 5 seconds on a $100+ auction is simply ripping someone off (in 2 cases, I was sitting with my finger ready to click my new bid just in case, but didn't have enough time for it to register.
Now some may accuse me of whining, or being a sore loser (and yes, I could have had a higher max bid), but a REAL auction ends when bidding ends, not at a specific time...and ebay could easily implement this by adding an extra minute to the auction for the most recent bid in the last minute. That would at least ensure that no one loses an auction as a result of a less than ideal bandwidth speed (which is what happened to me twice). And since an additional minute would be added for every last bid, it would operate more like an actual auction (going once, going twice...).
Now it would be nice if community members would use the Marketplace sig in these forums to try to sell their wares before going the ebay route, but for some reason TI folks are less likely to do so (I often wish my hobby was an Atari 2600 - those peeps make so much use of Marketplace it makes me cry). But regardless, c'mon folks, if you want something being auctioned on ebay grow some balls and participate in the auction instead of sneaking in in the final seconds!
Two of the losses broke my heart when someone got em for $1 more than my max bid, after nearly a week of no activity by people who had no previous bids on the item.
Anyway I'm done...if it doesn't have a "Buy Now" or "Make an Offer" I'm not even looking anymore.
We desperately need an alternative to eBay for international buy and sell!