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    Default Why do people just watch a item on ebay and not hid or buy?

    I have had several items in the last month that people have just watched but never bid on right til the end?Are they selling a like item and just want to see if yours sells,I just don't get it,esp. on a buy it now auction???

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    Lots of possible reasons, but interest in knowing the value of the item is the most likely.

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    Also, if they bid at the end, they are most likely using auction sniping websites or software.
    ‎"Trust, but verify" - Russian Proverb, as used by Ronald Reagan

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    I often follow (watch) items on Ebay for all of the reasons mentioned. If the price is higher than I want to pay as the auction nears the end, I don't bid on it. Following an item on "My Ebay" makes it easier to find the item as the auction progresses.

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    Thomas, It's a game we play to get your hopes up. Not really. I sometimes watch items and bid if the price doesn't get too high for me. In the case of buy it now I watch to see if it sells for the asking price. I have been looking for a 67-68-69 or 70 chevy SWB pickup. for a few months. I have a half dozen on my watch list but have only bid on one. Mainly I'm seeing how much they are going for because if you're not watching it, and it sells you can't get back to it to know what it did sell for. Jim
    I'm either going to, coming from or thinking about fishing. Jim

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    I listed an item a while back that had 35 watchers and not one bid.
    There have never in history been so many opportunities to do so many things that aren't worth doing. - William Gaddis

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