Last night on my way home I got a text message from eBay saying I hadn’t won the item I bid on. That was a little strange. I use eSnipe, so usually if I bid, I win the item. – If the item is still below what I’m willing to pay for it, three seconds before the auction ends eSnipe places a bid for me. No human can squeeze in a bid after that so if the item is going for a price I think is reasonable, I win it. So eBay only gets a bid from me when I’m going to win the item. If the item is out of the range I’m willing to pay, eBay never even knows I was interested in it. So, if I got an email saying I lost, that meant someone had squeezed in a bid in the last three seconds of the auction! They had to be using a tool like eSnipe too. Interesting.
Then I got home and Frank said, "hey, I bought one of those shirts for Jacob!" I said "for $6.50?" He said, "yeees … the yellow one?" We were bidding against each other and I drove his bid up 50 cents! We had a good laugh about it.