What an eBay Bidder Search Can Tell You about Other Bidders
When you’ve shopped eBay in a specific category for a while, you may recognize many of the people who win against you in auctions. Of course, even if that gives you something in common, you may come to dislike their behavior if they outbid you often enough. It’s a wretched feeling, being outbid, especially when it happens at the last few seconds.
Take a look, by clicking the Bids, and see if the name of a particular bidder shows up repeatedly. If the high bidder has lots of feedback, he or she may know the ropes — and be back to fight if you up the ante.
eBay has made this tactic difficult by changing the Bidder’s ID to a symbol.
You can find out the following information from the Bid History Details page:
The categories 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 makes a habit of bidding in the last hour and use this information 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.
Bidding in odd increments is just one of the many strategies to get you ahead of the rest of the bidding pack without paying more than you should. Many of the strategies you see here are for bidders who are tracking an item over the course of a week or more, so be sure you have time to track the item and plan your next move.
If you suspect you know who is bidding against you, you can run a bidder search. To see a rival’s bidding history, do the following:
Click the Advanced Search link, which appears next to the Search box you find on almost every eBay page.
In the Search links area on the left, click the By Bidder link.
Enter the User ID of the bidder you want to check out.
To check the bidder’s previous purchases, click to add a check mark in the Include Completed Listings (Last 30 Days) check box.
By studying the bidding history, you can see how high the bidder is willing to bid on certain items. This is invaluable information if you want to get a drift of how high you have to bid to win the next auction.
Tell eBay whether you also want to see the person’s bid even if he or she is not the high bidder.
By not selecting the As High Bidder Only option, you get to see the bidder’s activity in every transaction, even if the person is not the current high bidder. Check all the bidder’s auctions to see how aggressively he or she bids on items. You can also see how badly a bidder wants specific items.
If the bidder was bidding on an item in the past that you’re both interested in now, you can get a fairly good idea of how high that person is willing to go for the item this time.
Choose the number of items you want to see per page.
Click the Search button.