What an eBay Bidder Search Can Tell You about Other Bidders
Get to know your eBay competition! By performing a bidder search, you can find out information on bidders who’ve beaten you in recent auctions. For example, say meanguy123 outbids you in an auction for a rare antique glockenspiel. You can run a bidder search on the old meany and find out what else he has been bidding on lately — and how much he bids.
You can find out the following information when you run a bidder search:
The items the bidder tends to be interested in: Might as well let your competition do the legwork of finding good auctions for the items you like.
What time of day the bidder likes to make bids: You can get a sense of whether the bidder is in another part of the country (or the world) and use the time difference to your advantage.
Other bidding habits: Some bidders like to place an initial bid at the beginning of the auction and then swoop in at the end and snipe. Or they never bid until the end of the auction. Or they never snipe. No matter what strategy your competition chooses, you can come up with a counter-strategy to improve your likelihood of winning.
How high the bidder tends to like to bid: This is a key to enable you to win the auction by as few pennies as possible. Does the bidder end with .27? End yours with .32. Also, if the bidder is accumulating items one at a time, you really have a good picture of exactly how much he or she will bid. Information is power!
Keep in mind that investigating the opposing bidder is not snooping! It’s totally legal and acceptable. (Okay, maybe it’s a little sneaky.) When you’ve checked out your competition’s shopping cart, you can swoop in and bid or snipe back if you like the other items this bidder is interested in. Isn’t it easier to let someone else do the legwork and find the bargains for you?
You may find that relying on the bidder search can give you a false sense of knowledge and confidence. Others may use the bidder search to become familiar with your habits, too. And many savvy buyers have two eBay user IDs and alternate between them to confuse those who try to follow their bidding patterns. Sniping can also help because no one will know you’re interested in the auction until you win the item. Mix your bidding patterns up a bit to keep the competition wondering!