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Timing Your eBay Auction for High Returns

The only way to figure out when to end your eBay auction is by planning when to start it. An auction beginning at 12:00 will end at that same time on the ending day.

eBay time is military time in the Pacific time zone. (Even after all these years, it still takes too much time to decipher eBay time without a printed chart.)

Always check your time zone and know exactly what time it is in eBay-land.

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eBay Time Pacific Mountain Central Eastern
0:00 12:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. 3:00 a.m.
1:00 1:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m. 3:00 a.m. 4:00 a.m.
2:00 2:00 a.m. 3:00 a.m. 4:00 a.m. 5:00 a.m.
3:00 3:00 a.m. 4:00 a.m. 5:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m.
4:00 4:00 a.m. 5:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m.
5:00 5:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
6:00 6:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
7:00 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
8:00 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
9:00 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
10:00 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
11:00 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
12:00 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
13:00 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
14:00 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
15:00 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
16:00 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
17:00 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
18:00 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
19:00 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
20:00 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
21:00 9:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.
22:00 10:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
23:00 11:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.

Here’s the consensus of some experts in order of ending-time preference (in eBay time):

1.    18:00 to 22:00

2.    21:00 to 0:00

3.    15:00 to 18:00

4.    13:00 to 16:00

Here are the worst eBay times to end an auction:

1.    2:00 to 6:00

2.    0:00 to 3:00

This information should give you some good ideas for your own auction sales.

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