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View Poll Results: How many days do you post your ebay auction for...and why?
3 days 5 10.64%
5 days 19 40.43%
7 days 21 44.68%
Other 2 4.26%
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Old 2007-07-20, 4:55pm
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Default How many days to put your ebay auction on for?

and why? Do you have better luck with 3 days vs. 5 or 7 days? or visa versa?

Just curious! Thanks!
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Old 2007-07-20, 5:09pm
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I like the three day deals for low end sales.....seems most bidders have short attention spans
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Old 2007-07-20, 5:12pm
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What I do I would NEVER reccomend anyone do. I start each auction at 69 cents (I like that number!) and 99.9% of the time I list for three days. This is insanity at it's best, but it works for me. I found that most bids on MY auctions were on the first and last day so I figure why torture anyone with all those days in between, BUT I have people who check my auctions regularly, just for a laugh and an occasional bid.

I think when starting out and until you get a following you need to start with the 7 day auctions. You'll have the paid for exposure. In the past I have done the featured thang and when I do that I go for 10 days, bang for the buck so to speak.

I really think it's important for people to start with 7 days and continually assess what works for them... OK OK so I know it works better FOR ME (as well as most everyone else) to always have auctions listed, but I was in a rut and didn't want to. Therefore I suffer because of it! Bwhahahaha the consequences of my actions pay off... or not....
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Old 2007-07-20, 6:48pm
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I usually do 3 days for the first list and then 7 days for the relist. That's been for the last couple of months, since my sales tanked so badly. This week they seem to be picking up again a bit, and I've actually done a featured for 3 days, and am doing one now-finally happy with the prices I'm getting off of them and reasonably sure they'll sell-plus I'd be ok with a minimum bid sale on them.

It's hard to figure out how to do it, that's for sure.
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Old 2007-07-20, 7:17pm
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I list for 5 days. I know I have a short attention span when I want something too. And if I'm really desparate for an Ebay fix, I head right to the "buy it nows". I used to start my listings at .99 which makes for cheaper listing fees and also I think it catches eyes when things have lots of bids and starting at those low, low prices the bids tend to really add up. But I start all of my beads at $45.00 as a rule.
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Old 2007-07-20, 7:35pm
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Three days is too short and seven is too long. Five days works well for me. The most important thing is consistency - however/whenever you list, just keep doing the same scheme. Changing times/days/length of listings will confuse folks who are keeping an eye on your auctions.


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I list for 5 days. Most bids come on the first and last day for my auctions. I've thought about listing 3 day auctions instead since nothing usually happens on the in-between days, but I've been too chicken to try it yet
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Hey Evil...what's that little squiggly thing in your auction heading?
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Hey Evil...what's that little squiggly thing in your auction heading?
LOL, some squiggly thing my husband or daughter found. I can't decide if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I like being strange, so I keep it.
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I like it...it fits your name and it does make you stand out in a good way...it's cool!
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I list for three days. I usually get a bid at the beginning, but not always. Over the three days I usually get 16 to 25 people watching. The majority of the bidding happens in the last 20 seconds of the auction.
Edited to add. I thought five days might improve my end prices, but it had absolutely no effect. I guess once you are in someones favourite sellers list, it doesn't really matter how long you list for.
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Old 2007-07-21, 9:04pm
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I list for 7 days. No reason really, just always done it that way. -Jay
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Old 2007-07-21, 10:49pm
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I list for 7 days cause it is the most convenient for me. I like it ending on a Sunday it is the easiest day to get the auctions ready. If I had it ending during the week I would be doing even more computer work after a long day of staring at the computer, icky poo.
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And I tend to think that ending on a weekend is a bad thing (lower prices for me), so I try to make sure most stuff ends on Mon-Thurs, LOL.

Of course, I have two ending today-with bids!!!-so no rule is hard and fast for me with this stuff.

If what I'm doing stops working, I change it.
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Old 2007-07-22, 9:22am
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I like it...it fits your name and it does make you stand out in a good way...it's cool!
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LOL, some squiggly thing my husband or daughter found. I can't decide if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I like being strange, so I keep it.
It's called a "Section Sign" -

PARAGRAPH SIGN, SECTION SIGN (SECTION SIGN) U+00A7 § octal: 247 help

This character () is used as a section sign especially in the US, and as a paragraph sign in some European usage, especially when referring to paragraphs in laws, contracts, rules, etc. (For that reason, is sometimes used to symbolize law in general.) The varying names reflect the variation in usage. Cf. to pilcrow sign ().
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Thanks for the explanation Lara!
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