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maxcrusha (aka Greg)
Just gathering opinions here:

On ebay, do people feel that 7 day vs 10 day auctions are better?  worse?  more time for people to see it?...  or, seems so far out in the future that people lose interest?

Thanks!



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Dan Cong
I think starting and ending on a weekend is better than starting or ending in the middle of the week. Obviously, it depends on how "searchable" your listing is and how lost it could become with other listings. I use auction sniper so to me it doesn't matter when it ends, my bid has been set for a long time before. But to find a listing I like to look at ending soon and newly listed. For something, which have very specific and little used names, it might not matter as a search will fined it. (like a National Bank title),  
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Numbersman
If you start your listings at 99 cents and let the chips fall,I'm thinking the 10 day may possibly get you more bids.If you start the listing at let's say the least you're willing to take (of course, hoping you do better) ,then I like the 7 day option.That's just me.
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maxcrusha (aka Greg)
and for during the week auctions, your thoughts as to what time of the day is the best to have them end?
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Scooter1
I think a 7 day auction reduces the chance of something else sparking a buyers interest before your auction ends ( limited funds & possibly a different note to spend it on ) 
As to ending time for Weekday auction, early evening after dinner time. Time to sit down, relax, and throw in a bid.
Weekends are too busy to watch for auction to end. 
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jhodgson
For me, it doesn't matter when auctions starts or ends.  My searches on my phone only shows items I have not seen before.  I bookmark them, and then wait for the ending notification to determine if I bid or not.

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MaineJoe
I run all my currency auctions for 7 days, start and stop on Sundays at midnight (9 PM Pacific time). Depending on what the items are for you, I start 95 % of my listings at face value and let them go from there. The remaining 5% is a fair opening bid for an item of value.
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luca
I think for Small Size, 10 days usually seems excessive -- However... if these are unique serial numbers we're talking about... then 10 days covering two weekends could be useful.

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synchr
Half and half to get the most draw from exposure but all ending within minutes of each other
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TookyBandit
10 day listing ending around 10pm EST on any evenings except Fridays and major holidays.
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MaineJoe
I have had mixed reactions with a 10 auction. Seems if items are of real interest people will enter their limit bids and go from there. If the items are more "run of the mill" types (which many of mine are) bidding is lax on 10 day and gets mostly the last minute "snipe" bids. This would be my reasoning for only doing 7 day auctions: Serious collectors, buyers and dealers generally don't follow on the weekends, individuals likely do. 
 I will say that I have followed and catalogued my sales over the past few years and see the benefit of 7 day. I have tried many different methods and day trials from 1 day, 3 day, 7 day and 10 day. Bar none my most beneficial has been 7 day starting and stopping on the weekend. Though I am a more "low end" seller, I keep and have kept my margin at or above 10% consistently for several years. I say that margin which includes free shipping, holders, fees and any additional overhead incurred. As any consistent seller knows, bottomline can fluctuate up and down, end margin is what you look for to be consistent. One example I use week to week is my shipping costs. If my total sales for the week is X amount, my shipping should follow as 10% of the final sales. Mind you I do ship with tracking and also do Priority for many cases due to the break on insurance, it offsets the shipping cost in many cases.
 Do keep in mind that my comments of my eBay selling are based on my individual status of Top Rated Plus and 100% feedback over the term of several years of selling. There are small and certain benefits that eBay forwards to sellers of given status that do help curb some costs that come with selling. 
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Steve in Tampa
I am only able to speak as a buyer, and the auction length or time it ends makes little to no difference to me. 
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tigertrader
7 or 10 day, end Sunday around 9PM CST. 10pm on east coast before people go to bed. 7pm on west coast, hopefully late enough that people have time. If you have something specific to an area adjust end time tailored to most likely bidders but don't get to far outside of the times and lose someone who has interest in the area but doesn't live there. 


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tigertrader
MaineJoe wrote:
I run all my currency auctions for 7 days, start and stop on Sundays at midnight (9 PM Pacific time).


I am CST. 11PM CST is usually to late for me... I have bid on your auctions but usually just set a snipe or bid and walk away...
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