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Ever Lost A Watch Through Being A Skinflint?

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I snagged a nice little canvas strap mili style Citizen Eco-Drive on e.bay a couple of days ago.

The model retails at about £150, and they tend to fetch £70 or so second hand - I've chased them before.

This one popped up on a £25 buy-it-now (with box and paperwork) with offers open. Within minutes an offer had gone in, and seconds later I bought it at the £25 BIN price. Honestly, who would put an offer in and risk losing out when it's a bargain like that?

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I've missed a few as I trot off and quickly Google models, to see what new price was and work out if it's a bargain!

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But making an offer on a watch that's listed at a third of its market value. I almost felt guilty paying his asking price, let alone trying to beat him down! :D

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Many times. But not usually on a buy it now. I always used to watch auctions and make the mistake of placing a maximum bid that was too low and too late to change. I always bid right at the end if I can but I was making the mistake of making my max bid at the level that I was imagining I could get it for. Not what I should have gone to.

"I might end up getting that for about £80... it's worth £120" "Right, bid time. It's at £30 with a minute to go.... let's bid £80"

"*******!!! £82.10"

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Many times. But not usually on a buy it now. I always used to watch auctions and make the mistake of placing a maximum bid that was too low and too late to change. I always bid right at the end if I can but I was making the mistake of making my max bid at the level that I was imagining I could get it for. Not what I should have gone to.

"I might end up getting that for about £80... it's worth £120" "Right, bid time. It's at £30 with a minute to go.... let's bid £80"

"*******!!! £82.10"

I know how you feel, Trig....bloody sniping apps!

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Nope, but I've probably done the opposite a couple of times and paid full buy-it-now price when the auction wouldn't have gone that high. But at least I won - eBay said so!!! ;o)

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Several times... Including straps.... And other items... BIN Armani Chrono £35/RRP £225 being the most recent!

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I always put in the price i want to spend on a watch with my first bid and stick to it,if i win it all well and good but if i lose the watch no problem as it went for more than i wanted to spend on it

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Many times. But not usually on a buy it now. I always used to watch auctions and make the mistake of placing a maximum bid that was too low and too late to change. I always bid right at the end if I can but I was making the mistake of making my max bid at the level that I was imagining I could get it for. Not what I should have gone to.

"I might end up getting that for about £80... it's worth £120" "Right, bid time. It's at £30 with a minute to go.... let's bid £80"

"*******!!! £82.10"

That's my technique aswell ! Got lucky on my last buy though.

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I always put in the price i want to spend on a watch with my first bid and stick to it,if i win it all well and good but if i lose the watch no problem as it went for more than i wanted to spend on it

That's exactly what I do , ok you miss out on some , but at least you made the other buyer pay

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I've lost out on quite a few by being too slow, both on ebay and our very own RLT Sales Corner, but I've also had some great bargains so it's swings and roundabouts for me :D

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Yep me too.

But you could find the 1s that go for like £1 move the other person may have put a bid in alot more than thet and you would have lost it anyway.

I also tink on the rare occasion it could be the seller bumping the price up then they will give you the 2nd chance offer. sinical i know - but it does happen im sure of it.

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I missed out on a really beaten up (but in a good way) Vostok Komandirskie yesterday. Ended up going for close to what the price of a new one is so I didn't feel like I was being a skinflint but still kind of regret not winning it

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I've got a bad habit of stumbling across items on eBay with a couple of minutes to go and not getting it together in time to put a bid in.

Worse still is watching an item and forgetting to put a bid in near the end - I missed a Citizen Navitach (being Scottish I'm too cheap to stump up for the Breitling equivalent) and haven't seen any since at such a good price :wallbash:

Edited by Retronaut

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