#26 bad sorting of auctions (2)

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nobody
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2009-11-05
2009-11-05
Anonymous
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Thanks for your reply but I don't agree with you. There are many reasons why I could want to place an early bid: one is BIN smashing as you've guessed but it isn't the only one. It often happens that you ask the seller if he/she was willing to post to your country, he/she agrees and when you snipe the auction you discover that it has a requirement on the country that prevents you from bidding (it often happens that the seller doesn't even know of the existance of that requirement, many of them don't even know how to remove it). The result is that you've lost an item that you were interested in.
Apart from this I don't see why the auction that I'm the best bidder for might be placed on the top of the list making me lose all the other auctions that end before it. Maybe there has been a misunderstanding because that couldn't be a feature. Let's say that I have three auctions (1, 2, 3) ending in that order and that I'm the best bidder for auction 3 that's also the last one; I'm the best bidder for it and according to the actual sorting policy it would be placed on the top of the list. I would lose auction 1 and 2 without even trying to place a bid for them. Is this what you expect? I don't think. I hope that I've succeeded in explaining better the situation this time. Thank you.

Discussion

  • Scott Nicol
    Scott Nicol
    2009-11-05

    If esniper were to bid on auction 1 and win, what if auction 3 also wins? What if you have auctions 1 through 50 instead of 1 through 3, and 25 of them win? Might not be so important if you are bidding on a $10 memory module, but quite painful if you are bidding on a $10,000 car. esniper is designed to make conservative assumptions, so a user can't blame esniper for winning too many items.

    There have been proposals for a non-conservative mode. Nobody has stepped up to code it.

    A modification to how auctions are queued is at the top of the TODO list. That would also help somewhat in this situation. Again, no time to code it and nobody has come forward to do it.

     
  • Scott Nicol
    Scott Nicol
    2009-11-05

    • status: open --> closed-duplicate