'watchers' on ebay - huh!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by e-rider, 30 Apr 2010.

  1. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    South West
    So what's it all about?

    I've had over 100 watchers (not pages views; that was 1000+) on a single item (bike frame) and only 3 people placed bids.

    I've had 10+ watchers on some cheap (£5) pedals and no bids were placed and item didn't sell.

    I've had 20+ watchers on a very cheap set (£7) of brakes 'buy-it-now' and item didn't sell in 30 days..

    Can anyone explain why people 'watch' items - is it like TV for some people?
  2. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    I have done this when I have had something similar to sell to see what price they go
    for and judge what to use as a starting price

    Also decided to watch something and then changed my mind
  3. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    If you watch it, it puts it in my ebay so it's easy to see it. I often stick several things on my watch list and buy the one going at the right price. Sometimes curiousity is the reason it's on my watchlist, so 90% of the things I'm watching won't recieve a bid.
  4. MajorMantra

    MajorMantra Well-Known Member

    +1. Maybe more like 99% for me.
  5. OP

    e-rider crappy member

    South West
    OK, curiousity seems to be the reason. I didn't know that it was so common - I'm not a very curious person it would seem!
  6. Ghost Donkey

    Ghost Donkey Guest


    +1 also.

    I've been watching about thirty game boy advanced SPs over a week or so. Every time onegoes for aroung six quid I have been busy with the kids. When I'm there they can go for three times that so I'm biding my time. THismay be the case with you also.
  7. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Beside the road
    I've got 20/30 bikes in my watch list at the moment. I'm only going to bid if they stay at the right price.

    Two weeks ago I bought a bike for £180 new off ebay. I didn't like the bike and I have damaged the front forks, so rather than paying to get the forks repaired I put the bike back on ebay in the hope that I would get some of my money back from it. The bike has just sold for £275!! and had over 200 watchers. (The same bike is still on ebay new for £190!! )
  8. OP

    e-rider crappy member

    South West
    Yeah, but that one doesn't have damaged forks ;)
  9. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    listed a nice old racer a few weeks ago had 40+ watchers right up to end expecting rush and to take it over the reserve which with less than 24 hrs away was only short by £15 ended up only going up another £10 , so still didnt do reserve .
    but i watch a lot more than i bid on
  10. Debian

    Debian New Member

    West Midlands
    I never, ever bid on an item until the last few seconds. There's no reason for anyone to bid days, or even hours in advance.

    So my watch list is merely my way of putting all the items I'm interested in in one place so I can find them again quickly.

    Watched items also get emailed to me when they're approaching closing time so it alerts me to get ready to bid. If the price goes too high then I won't bid at all but the item will stay on my list so that I can see how much it eventually went for.
  11. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    You might know that you will be away from the PC when the auction ends.
  12. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Of the things I watch, I probably end up bidding on one on twenty, if that.

    I've been after a spares or repair laptop like the one I'm typing on, because it has a faulty screen which I'd like to replace. I've probably watched 20 over the last 3 months. Every single one has gone past what I'm prepared to pay. No probs. I'll just keep watching...
  13. longers

    longers Veteran

    I don't buy much on Ebay and did this for a bike I liked recently without realising you had to then confirm your bid and left it too late. It went for £25 and my boss would have been able to pick it up for me. Lesson learnt.
  14. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I have an item for sale on ebay for the first time...how do I know if people are watching?

    I had a Buy It Now price, and the first bid is for the Buy It Now price - what's going on there? :smile: Surely the bidder should have hit Buy It Now rather than Bid?
  15. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Sounds like the bidder understands ebay about as well as you do...:smile:
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