Hmmm...you appear to have trouble thinking clearly...let me
explain the idea differently...
The following trivial enhancement to eBay
would eliminate "sniping", and improve the bidding process for the
seller and the vast majority of bidders.
Placing a bid should extend the closing of the auction by 5 minutes.
A simple idea, exceedingly easy to implement. Yet, it provides
for fairer auctions. With this system, a last-second bidder (attempting
to get a bargain basement price) would cause an extension of the
auction for another 5 minutes, providing plenty of time for the
prior high-bidder (or others!) to bid again.
- It benefits buyers, because it provides a fair bidding environment;
- It benefits sellers, because it provides a fair competition for
the items they are selling;
- It benefits eBay, because it can lead to slightly higher commissions for them;
- It eliminates sniping.
Note: the slightly higher average price isn't a drawback, because *YOU DON'T HAVE
TO BID IF THE PRICE IS TOO HIGH*. And, this doesn't mean that the average
bidder pays higher prices. Why? Because we're discussing eliminating
*sniping*...the average bidder already lost the auction and *isn't* paying anything!
- It deprives snipers from unfairly winning an auction;
(Ok, that's a drawback only if you like to snipe :)
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