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These are good points.  The auctions on eBID Storage Auctions have live data in the page, no refresh needed.  Maybe a 15 second "Going Once..." period if a bid is placed within the last 15 seconds would by a good compromise.  I'm not sure how much very-last-second bidding takes place.  Obviously SB has data that shows it happens enough to try and capitalize on that action for their sellers.

Who knows if the long extension time would cause an auction close to bleed into the next one.  My guess is this would be rare.

It will be really interesting to see if eBID's upcoming mobile app creates more last-minute bidding.

I refuse to sign up to your site, until you allow guest to view active auctions on your site. I'm also guessing you conceal that information, because you most likely don't have very many active actions.

We're not trying to conceal anything, we're just using a different strategy to present only auctions that are relevant to each user.  We're requiring users to login so we can show them auctions close to them, and only those auctions.  We think it makes for a faster, cleaner, and easier user experience instead of showing auctions in Colorado on the homepage to a user in Miami.  We're just localizing, that's all.

But we appreciate your feedback and respect your opinion.

Does SB have live, in-page updates if you're viewing the auction and someone else bids?  How do you know the soft-close has kicked in, unless you refresh the page?

Company News / Re: Forum's new look - What do you think?
« on: October 24, 2014, 03:31:57 PM »
Sorry, I didn't mean to violate the prevailing vernacular.  I merely proffered my opinion about the protracted topic summaries in lieu of more succinct prose.  Now that I've had time to ruminate, I see that a more redneck approach might have been more apropos.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: eBID vs. iBid
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:58:19 AM »

Company News / Re: Forum's new look - What do you think?
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:31:49 PM »
On the main forum page, the long descriptions for each section (category?) really make the page long.  Normally, the recent unread link is the quickest way to new content, but when browsing from the top level those descriptions R E A L L Y stretch out the page.  Maybe sacrifice some SEO value and shorten them up?  I miss the succinctness of the prior theme.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: eBID vs. iBid
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:22:58 PM »
The name eBID Storage Auctions was drawn up with no consideration of ibid4storage being a similar name.  I think we were aware of their existence, and also of the existing eBID site, but we wanted to capture the notion of online/electronic bidding for storage auctions, so we landed where we did. 

No affiliation whatsoever with the other auction site named eBID.

It's also a plus that when talking to customers / operators, we can just say "eBID".  Short.

It's funny, I don't know why, but I still have trouble remembering which way ibid4storage goes.  ibid?  ubid?  who bids?  I can never keep it straight.

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: So how's everyone doing?
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:01:26 PM »
"Hands Dirty".  Yes, lesson learned: Bring Gloves!

Stories about Storage Auctions / Re: So how's everyone doing?
« on: October 23, 2014, 03:30:29 PM »
Picked up a unit this morning, bid on one of those online storage auction websites (SB).  Got a pretty nice BMX bike and some other miscellaneous that needs to go out back to the dumpster.  It was my first storage auction buy.  I'd say I did pretty good for $20.

Legal Issues / Re: Are Online Storage Auctions Legal in Minnesota?
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:28:07 PM »
Online sales are permitted. Owners shall require all bidders, including online bidders, to
register and agree to the rules of the sale.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Battles Raising Buyer's Premium To 15%
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:11:23 AM »
Travis's strategy confused me some. also.  I see the real value of this site is in the discussions that take place on these forums, and the incredible breadth of topics discussed here.  And with the dominance in google for "Online Storage Auctions", why not take down the Ad Choices ads, pivot to accept direct advertising from the growing list of sites offering online storage auctions, allow us to flagrantly promote our sites here, and make this the "#1 Community Resource for Storage Auction Enthusiasts" or some such.  The unique value proposition here is the community and discussions, not the auctions themselves.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Battles Raising Buyer's Premium To 15%
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:21:41 PM »
This sure is an interesting thread.  I like Travis's Easy Button analogy.  What we are building at is much more an Easy Button than a BMW.  It will be interesting to see how well received it is among buyers.  I do think some of these comments represent some really good insight into the online storage auction space.  But doesn't Jim deserve some respect for growing the market leader and pioneering the online storage auction trend?  He wouldn't be doing 5000 auctions a month if he was the Kramer of OSA's, would he?

Online Storage Auctions / Re: Storage Battles Raising Buyer's Premium To 15%
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:40:49 PM »
I win at 300 and each other name is a link that I can click and talk to the other bidders.

Now, that's a killer feature.  Innovative and forward thinking.  As long as you clean out the unit as required, any resale arrangements facilitated through the site, after the fact, must be 100% legal - the transaction's long over at that point.  Perhaps SB/ST misconstrued how you wrote the question.

Online Storage Auctions / Re: Lag Time
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:14:09 PM »
I just looked at the code for how they do the timer.  The technique being used is susceptible to drift and never corrects for it.  It accumulates the drift component for each second over time.  But of course, you know that based on the experience you just had!

Company News / Re: What happens in Vegas won't stay in Vegas
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:28:47 PM »
Travis with his murse.

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