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Found it. Thanks for the help. As has been mentioned it is very clunky to work with. Will have to contact RB.

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Another change they apparently made while I wasn't paying attention was to the timed auctions.

Used to be the posted closing time was the closing time, now, if someone bids in the last minute(ish), the closing time extends another couple of minutes. And repeat again and again if there is another bid within that time.

Apparently it works well for them and for the sellers, since the items I was bidding on ended up selling quite a bit higher than what they almost closed at. I was the high bidder when the first item closed, but ended up losing after a few rounds of extensions.

But now the item closing times overlap, if you are watching multiple similar items, and have a first, second, third preference, can't plan around the successive closing times. Plus you now have to keep track of multiple items at once, since they could all end up closing at the same time.


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It's funny. RARELY does a site "upgrade" seem to actually improve the site. It seem like any time someone changes their site, it goes backwards.
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Another change they apparently made while I wasn't paying attention was to the timed auctions.

Used to be the posted closing time was the closing time, now, if someone bids in the last minute(ish), the closing time extends another couple of minutes. And repeat again and again if there is another bid within that time.

Apparently it works well for them and for the sellers, since the items I was bidding on ended up selling quite a bit higher than what they almost closed at. I was the high bidder when the first item closed, but ended up losing after a few rounds of extensions.

But now the item closing times overlap, if you are watching multiple similar items, and have a first, second, third preference, can't plan around the successive closing times. Plus you now have to keep track of multiple items at once, since they could all end up closing at the same time.
Itís been that way for a couple years now and itís annoying. Especially when your trying to bid from your phone while your sitting in a truck/tractor.

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The timed auction idea is that you set your max bid... and let the computer take care of your bidding...
I welcome the time added feature because unless you had a gaming computer with fiber optic internet... you would get left behind.
Also if in the time it took you to click a bid if 3 other people bid a millisecond before you... all of a sudden you just bid a WHOLE lot more than you thought....

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I understand the concept of computer bidding for you but how does one trust this arrangement. Whats to say someone isn't hired in a back room who knows your max bid and can make sure the most money is achieved. Sounds like a liberal scheme lol.
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I understand the concept of computer bidding for you but how does one trust this arrangement. Whats to say someone isn't hired in a back room who knows your max bid and can make sure the most money is achieved. Sounds like a liberal scheme lol.
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Still better than bid spotter. I put in a maximum bid on something, thinking that they would bid up to that on my behalf. Nope, they started the bidding at that price(and finished at that price too, I was the only bid). So, like dookiller says, it can and does happen. I'd rather make the real time decision, than put in a max and then ignore it. Even though I already have a max in my head before I started.

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We just drink the Kool aid lol. Everything is being done for our best interests always lol. I do like the bid history feature and Ritchie Bros is king in the auction world IMO. Convenience of online bidding is nice for some who can't be bothered going to the sale. I know of many guys who drink coffee at home and just buy anything if the price is right sight unseen. Pictures say lots and they take lots of them. They have led the way in auctioneering.
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It's funny. RARELY does a site "upgrade" seem to actually improve the site. It seem like any time someone changes their site, it goes backwards.

God, isn't that the truth! Kind of like my banks idea to upgrade it's online banking. What a screw up that was! Nothing was working right, all the people we had entered as payees and other bills we paid online were lost, the layout is completely messed up and confusing, and not to mention, it was all done about the middle/late December! Really nice for trying to get things done up before year end! A lot of people were pi$$ed right off at them for this, myself included. You could barely get through on the phone lines because they were bombarded with calls from people trying to get things working. Must have been horrendous for businesses that do all their stuff on-line. Even the staff was frustrated because of all of it. I don't know why they wouldn't have put more effort into making sure it was working right before implementing it.


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