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Getting good deals on eBay- The sneaky way!

I do quite a bit of buying on ebay. It is often the first place I look to find a good deal. I have known for many years about people using sites to bid in the last few seconds for them, but never really went to that extreme. But now I have. I was looking for a good add on to firefox for ebay when I found one for the site myibidder.com.

The program is actually called an “auction sniper” So this add-on adds a little icon in every ebay page that says “snipe this”, and when you do so it has you enter a bid. Six seconds prior to the end of the aution it will put in your bid. By then it is too late for someone to outbid you.

Ebay logoOf course, if other people used ebay the way ebay wanted them to, the program won’t work. Ebay says to put in the highest amount you are willing to pay, and it will automatically bid up to that amount for you. So if your co-bidders put in their max bid, and it is higher than your snipe, than you still won’t get the item. However, a large portion of ebay bidders just bid the minimum bid and hope it will stay. If they get outbid, they may increase their bid. These are the people this program will outsmart.

I have used this for a day so far, and it has been working great for me!

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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Computing, Hobbies

 

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I Like Statistics

If you ever were to ask me what my least favourite school subject is, you would always receive the same answer. Math. I never could enjoy math, whether it be multiplying three digit numbers or extracting square roots. However, for some reason I cannot get enough of statistics.

Just looking at this chart makes me happy.

I think it may have started with my interest in politics. During the 2008 elections I would check the latest polls on the Senators and Presidential candidates daily. Even since the daily tracking polls keep my interest. I also liked looking at charts of how global warming is a fraud. I am excited to see information from the 2010 census, now that’s entertainment.

Charts and graphs are two of my choice ways to view statistics. Since I was 10 I have filled notebook after notebook with line charts detailing the rise and fall of non-existent companies (with captivating storyline taking place in my head.) I have made a few programs that generate charts based on data entered in them. I made charts showing who won more games in Uno with my sister Amber, along with average cards left in opponents hand, and number of cards played each game.

When it comes to the internet, I have always liked looking at statistics of websites. I like checking the stats here on my blog, as well as the stats of the Times-Script website. I also like to check out the most visited websites on the internet, and the top browsers by market share.

When it came time for me to get a Christmas gift, there was one book I requested (and loved.) The top 10 of everything. Now as for what I will do with my interest in statistics, I am not sure. Careers in statistics seem to involve an awful lot of math…

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Hobbies

 

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eBay is fun!

I recently went to eBay to buy some photo paper. While I was waiting for the auction to end, I decided to do a search for everything 50 cents or less with free shipping. Then I bid on several items ending soon. I won eight of them, spending less than two dollars. For less than a quarter each, I got two USB SD card readers, A headphone extension cord, a headphone splitter, and a USB extension cord. Suddenly though, somebody outbid me on my photo paper with six minutes left. So then I bid again with 15 seconds on the clock and won.

I have done these low price bids before, and the interesting thing I have always noticed is that the items often come from Japan, Taiwan, or China. I can understand how that it may be inexpensive to make these products there, but I wonder how 19 cents gives them international shipping and a profit.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Computing, Hobbies

 

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Latest Times-Scripts now available online

Issues 117, 118, and 119 are now available at the Times-Script website

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2010 in TImes-Script

 

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