I'm a newbie when it comes to eBay. I have a few questions I was hoping people out there in BCSBland who are experienced eBay users could answer for me.
1) Situation: There are two different listings for the exact same item. I mean the EXACT same item. The items are listed in the same category. (So, anyone searching for this item in that category should find both auctions.) They are being sold by two different sellers who, coincidently, just happen to be located in the same city so there would not be any difference in shipping costs (in case this might be a factor). The only difference is that the auction for the first of these two exact same items closes approx. 5 days before the auction for the second one. The current bid on the first item was over $100 yet no one had even made a bid on the seond one, even though the opening (asking) bid for the second item was 1/4 the current bid for the item that was listed first.
My question: Why is that people place increasingly higher bids for the first item that was listed without any of the bidders even bothering to bid on the other item?
I don't get it. Wouldn't it make more sense to bid a lower amount on the second, less expensive listing, rather than a higher amount on the first listing?
2) If you are selling an item is it considered bad etiquette to contact bidders on a similar item to advise them that you have the same item up for auction? (Not to cut them a deal or make a private sale, which are against eBay's rules. It would only be to advise them that there is another auction for the same item, just in case they were not aware of this.)
3) Further to question #2, if you feel it is inappropriate to contact bidders on a particular item to tell them that you have the same item up for auction would it be okay to do so after the auction for the first item has ended? (There would then be no risk of "poaching" a potential sale from the first seller since their item has sold.)
Any advice/opinions to these three questions would be appreciated. Thanks.