OK, first I want to say that I routinely try to help people out on this website and I love to answer questions for people. I am a firm believer in the old adage that knowledge is power, but I also believe that if you have information that will help someone you need to share it. As a result, when I learned how to make avatars I noticed a lot of other people didn't have them so I have been trying my best to make as many as possible. Also, if someone has a question about something and I can help them I will reply to their thread, and I appreciate all the people who have done the same for me.
Having said that, I now want to talk about ebay. I recently received an email from someone telling me to stop sniping auctions on ebay. In fact, here is the email (minus the user's name):
Dan, I've noticed you have been bidding a lot at the last second on auctions that I have also bid on. I'm just going to say this once, but, not cool. I have a very long memory and more importantly, a reputation well in advance of yours in the community. Two can play that sniping game if you want to play that way. Otherwise, cut it out and bid ethically.
I just want to say that he is right in that I do routinely use an auction sniper for auctions I am interested in. I use the sniper for two reasons:
1) I work weird hours and I don't have time to sit and watch auctions; in fact, I've been outbid while I was at work on several items I really wanted and that is why I started sniping in the first place.
2) Generally, I pay less for the item than if I get into a bidding war with someone else. I have seen auctions go for three times what they are actually worth because two people got into a bidding contest.
I'm not making excuses for the sniping and I am going to continue doing it. I am also going to continue helping as many people as I can with whatever I can. So far, I have filled every single request for avatars I have received. Does auction sniping make me a bad person? I don't know, but if you collect paperwork or other licensed collectibles you may have been sniped by me on ebay before and I apologize in advance for the future snipings to come. For those of you that have a problem with it I invite you to find an auction sniping service of your own. Just do a search at google.com and you will find several. Auction sniping isn't illegal and everyone can do it so jump on the bandwagon! I do regret bidding (and sniping) against other members on this board but please keep in mind that a lot of the items I bid on are fairly rare and I don't want to pass them up. If these items were listed every week or even every month I wouldn't snipe them.
This is my philosophy on it--what do you think?