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September 07, 2007


There's this seller on eBay who always times his auctions so that all of them are ending at the same time, at 7:00pm CET. I came across him yesterday, when I wanted to get one of the CDs he was offering. And then something happened that has never happened to me before. I placed a bid at 6:59:45. Usually the eBay server takes about 1-2 seconds to respond. In this case, the eBay server did not respond for more than 15 seconds. In fact, it responded at 7:00:03, and instead of telling me whether I had won the item or not won the item, it told me that the auction was over and I could no longer place a bid.

The most frustrating thing about the whole story was that my bid would have been $20 above the winning bid.

My guess is that so many auctions ended at that time, with so many people placing bids in the last 10-20 seconds, that the servers were overloaded and didn't respond. On the other hand, if that is true, then the seller is a very stupid person for timing his auctions in this manner. I don't know how many other people were locked out like I was, but on that item alone he could have made twice as much money as he did, just by letting his auction end one minute later.

Posted by Horst on September 7, 2007 07:03 PM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend
Jann said on September 17, 2007 06:55 PM:

Oh, but this person has Germanic genes, which means that he starts his four mile walk at *exactly* seven PM in order to be back at eight PM to watch his favorite television show, and will tolerate no deviation from this schedule. I would say more about this, but I'm at the public library here in Wolfeboro, NH, and my time is running out.

Alexander Falk said on September 24, 2007 02:47 AM:

That's what ou get for trying to snipe... :)

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