Re: Sniping, and anonymous posting

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Posted by Marc Kahn on November 14, 2002 at 17:44:28:

In Reply to: eBay - One Seller's Experiences posted by Call me D. on November 12, 2002 at 17:28:41:

As both a buyer and (in the past) seller on ebay, I've seen the matter of sniping from both sides. When I'm really interested in buying something on ebay, my bid goes in at the last second. That's the only way that makes sense to me.

However, the practice of sniping doesn't always work to the detriment of the seller. Let's say that 2 collectors are friends, both of whom are snipers. If one were to bid early, the other may feel constrained to withhold his bid, deferring to his friend. If they both bid at the last second, the seller wins. I know that this is true because I've seen it happen many times.

On the matter of anonymous posting:
If you look back over the history of this bulletin board, you will see that the great majority of posters use their own full names. It is no coincidence that when people use their own names the atmosphere is collegial and respectful.

"Call Me D." made an anonymous posting, trolling for a reaction. When he got his reaction, he denied what he had said in the first place, maintaining his anonymity. The history of this interchange is right here for everyone to see.

I have seen many collegial and respectful dialogs become quite ugly due to the irresponsible postings of abusers hiding behind anonymity. To me, it's an incredible shame. I sincerely hope that it doesn't happen here.

Marc Kahn

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