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  2. I think it was strategically coined to avoid the term "second referendum", which is actually what it would be. However, for those who cry "foul" or "undemocratic" you could quite realistically say the first was a simple binary choice, "Leave" or "Remain"? There was no explanation of what this would actually involve, i.e. customs union, WTO rules, Irish borders, effect on businesses, and - today - the news that security forces were being put on alert to deal with the effect of a 'No deal'. Quite early on it was decided that Parliament must have the final say on any future relationship with the EU; now that we know that Parliament will reject May's deal, leaving a choice between No Deal or No Brexit, it makes sense for the people who voted in the first, to have a say on how things should go from here. Personally I blame the 1975 referendum, as it established it as an acceptable procedure to decide on Europe (but nothing else, unless you're Scottish).
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  4. Peckris 2

    Old Coin for Son

    Yes, definitely Roman, and definitely one of the Constan... group of emperors - not rare but fascinating, especially for a 10-yr-old.
  5. rpeddie

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    bout some hammered for you civil war lovers
  6. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Ahhhhh!!! You have learned well, Grasshopper....
  7. PWA 1967

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Yes by using someone elses account. Put a bid in for £1000 so you know it will be higher ,it will then show the £140 then just retract the bid as entered the wrong amount in error and put in £139 a day or so after.
  8. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Oh..I didn't know that a seller can see a bidder's maximum....
  9. PWA 1967

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I dont think the seller had any idea what it was and wasnt intending to deceive. There does not appear to be any shilling just listed at 99p and they have not sold a coin before. On the other subject of sniping it has the benefits rather than leaving a bid a few days before at the highest you want to pay ,on a coin worth a few quid its to easy for the seller to see your maximum bid. I.E. You leave a bid for £140 a couple of days before ( that shows a lot less ) the seller has a look on another account and puts in a shill bid of £139 😟 You see some accounts that have retracted loads of bids and doubt they have made that many mistakes.
  10. VickySilver

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Good spot there - 16 bids, no less! Yikes, that is a bit of trash....
  11. Coinery

    Old Coin for Son

    Thank you, gents, very much appreciated! An old Roman coin it is, then, much obliged! 😊
  12. ^^^ and what did you think? I like: The Moneymaker, Smoke Detector, Dejalo and 15 the best, I think. Some would say the music is formulaic and there are certainly lots of pretty obvious influences in there, but so what, it's well done. I also have her solo album 'The Voyager' - my favourite on that one is You Can't Outrun 'Em. I don't have any Megadeth, despite having seen bands such as Iron Maiden and Motorhead in concert several times each!
  13. Coin#addict

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Here is a corker that just sneaked through ebay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANTIQUE-VICTORIAN-QUEEN-VICTORIA-1900-VEILED-HEAD-SILVER-CROWN/352539182757?redirect=mobile
  14. DaveG38

    The Mystery that is eBay

    You are probably right, although quite what the algorithm is that could make such a prediction is a bit beyond me.
  15. Ukstu

    Old Coin for Son

    Think your correct paddy. I have one very similiar of Constantine I Details as follows for mine Roman Follis Constantine I as Augustus Reigned 307 - 337 AD struck c.Mid-310 AD Londinium mint ( London) Obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG Laureate, cuirassed bust right Reverse SOLI INVIC_TO COMITI Sol, radiate, standing facing, head left, chlamys across left shoulder, right hand raised, globe in left T | F across fields PLN in exergue
  16. Paddy

    Old Coin for Son

    You are safe with Roman - I can read "IMP CONSTAN...." on the obverse. Thereafter it becomes more difficult - Constantine... Constantius... Constans... and which number...? A Roman specialist may be able to nail it down exactly.
  17. Paddy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The usual reason for sniping is to avoid attracting other bidders to the item you want and so reduce competition. As soon as an item starts shooting up it becomes obvious to others that there is something interesting there. If this happens early on, people have a chance to investigate and also test how high others have bid by putting in bids of their own. All this is impossible if it is all happening in the last few seconds of bidding. That is the only way you save money by sniping - you hope to reduce competitive bidding.
  18. Coinery

    Old Coin for Son

  19. Coinery

    Old Coin for Son

  20. Coinery

    Old Coin for Son

    Hi anyone ( @Peckris @Peckris 2 ), an old coin I’ve had for years that I want to put on a leather necklace for my 10 year old son. Question is, I know so little about these coins that I don’t want to disappoint him with a lie from someone he believes to know a thing or two about coins? Namely, I don’t want to tell him it’s roman and one day, long after I’m gone, he discovers it’s Greek or something! Is there enough info here to give me a broad ID?
  21. 1949threepence

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    It doesn't, except in the sense that you are normally paying a lot less than you bid. For me, this is the method to more or less guarantee success when there is a coin you really want.
  22. Ukstu

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I use Gixen to snipe. Costs i think £5 to use for the year paid via PayPal. It drops two bids in for you from different servers in case one fails. Can have it strike at 6 or 3 seconds. I usually just put in what i am willing to pay , if i get it for less it's all good. It takes out the frustration of sitting and physically waiting for the auction to end then fumbling around last minute to drop the bid in , that's too stressful for me.
  23. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Yes...that makes sense. But how does it make your winning bid cheaper? Is it simply you being the only one willing to take the risk of paying more when you leave an unrealistically high bid, and hoping it doesn't backfire, as you say? Like a form of brinksmanship?
  24. 1949threepence

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Sort of. Although in a literal sense, what you said above is absolutely correct. Sniping on e bay is waiting until the last few seconds of an auction and making a bid at an unrealistically high level, safe in the knowledge that you will most likely win as no-one else has bid such a high amount, and that you won't pay that amount, only the next bid point beyond the highest bidder behind you. Given that in the "confirm bid" box you see other late bids in real time, you know where you stand up until those last few seconds. I will admit that on occasions this can backfire when somebody else has the same idea as you, and you will either be pipped at the post, or else win at a higher amount than you would ideally have paid. But this is rare. Most of the time it works very effectively. Of course, you have to make a strong mental note of the time and date of the auction end, or set your phone to remind you at the time (best practice), as it's very easy to forget on the day, and only remember a few hours later when it's too late. Also arrange to be in at the time. ETA: I should just add that the above is how I snipe - manually. There are other methods involving software and proxy bids. This link explains all.
  25. terrysoldpennies

    1860 D* 2*

    Well, It is '' Free for all to see '', But your right , I was so wrapped up in it I failed to notice. Smacked wrist.
  26. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Can anyone explain the sniping system? I leave the price I am prepared to pay, at any time, and if I'm outbid, no matter, since to win it I would have had to spend more than I wanted to... or am I missing something?
  27. secret santa

    1860 D* 2*

    Should this be in "More Pennies" rather than "Free for All" ???
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