It's called sniping, and one who does that (I have, upon occasion)
is a sniper...in the US, at least...
I call it common sense. Same goes for any auction where you’re
interested in buying something. Bid early and if you’re battling
with someone else, you pay more for the item in the end. Decide on
your top price and “snipe” in the last few seconds. It’s in my best
interests to pay as little as possible for something and so
expressing interest by bidding early is counter intuitive. Besides
which, I’ve learned the hard way that if you don’t snipe yourself,
you NEVER win the item you’re after because someone else does the
sniping. So it’s a case of “if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em”.
If ya get serious...there are automated sniping programs available
to do it for you...
Yes, I was kindly informed of such a service yesterday, but I’m
loathe to pay another agent to do something as simple as placing bids
on my behalf when I work from home and so have access to my computer
at all times. If I really don’t want to miss out on an item, I set an
alarm on my mobile (cell) phone to go off a few minutes before the
auction ends. You know how it is, the less middle men in the chain,
Incidentally, I buy almost all my gems from reputable stores on ebay
(and yes there is such a thing), from Thailand, China (turquoise),
the States and UK. I won’t buy rubbish and so there is always
competition for the gems I want to buy, hence the reason why sniping