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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 1949threepence

    The Mystery that is eBay

    Probably means what they consider to be nearest to what you are searching for, which means it won't be anywhere near.
  4. I assume it's exactly the same underlying principle as any other sort of ghosting, but more superficial in nature. Hence it is seen when the coin is lustred, but as soon as the lustre disappears, the ghosting becomes invisible, even under magnification.
  5. If we are to observe scrupulous fairness, those are the three alternatives which should be presented to the electorate. Incidentally, whatever May says, and however loud the howls of indignation from certain quarters, it's now obvious that the smart money is on a 2nd referendum. As far as the term "People's vote", I like what Alan Johnson said on This Week: "who was voting last time then, androids?"
  6. 1949threepence

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    I agree they are rare, but I'm not convinced a NVF Freeman 18 is worth £2k. link
  7. That's true. I've got a BU 1860 F13, and you can quite clearly see ghosting of the Queen's head on the reverse. But you never see a bun with any wear, which has the remotest sign of ghosting. Also, to be fair, you don't see it that often with UNC bun specimens.
  8. 1949threepence

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    The only way that could have happened is if the bidder didn't notice what the latest high bid was. True, he may not have refreshed the main page, but the confirm bid box always shows the latest high bid, as well as new bids coming in, in real time, as they arise.
  9. 1949threepence

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Ha, Ha - but actually not so on this occasion, Bob. No, something was definitely wrong with the clock. Bid history is below. Why would the other late bidder make a lower bid than mine with one second to go, when the confirm box shows the latest bids coming in? My bid was supposedly 25 seconds before the close, easily enough time for the other bidder to adjust their amount bid, or decide not to bid. Bid history on the item
  10. Gordon Bennett - no wonder so few read the Guardian, and they are reduced to holding out the begging bowl for reader donations. Just been watching Adam Boulton for Sky News, interviewing two individuals, one of whom was a columnist for the Guardian. When asked about Tony Blair's opinion on a second referendum and Theresa May's view about it, she said that it would have been better if he had come out in favour of a no deal exit, as he's destroying the Labour Project (whatever the hell that is) by agreeing with them, given his toxic association with the "illegal" invasion of Iraq. What utter tripe. Sometimes I literally am aghast at the complete illogical, unthought out garbage emerging as so called arguments.
  11. 1949threepence

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    Weird experience on e bay just now. Did a late snipe bid with just 5 seconds (apparently) left on the clock in the "confirm bid" box. Time ran out on there, but found time was still running when the page switched to the display only, saying I was the high bidder. Several seconds after that before the time there ran out and confirmed me as the winner. Looking at the bid history, there was one bid after mine, but too low. The auction end time was 23:09:59 - I bid when 5 seconds were left - and found on the bid history that I actually bid at 23:09:34. Should have been 23:09:54. Also noticed that the countdown clock was going slightly awry by jumping forward by a second every now and then, rather than back. Must have lost 2 seconds every time it did so.
  12. I never watch it, as I usually end up wanting to chuck something at the screen, or shouting at it.
  13. This is a guy who went on a motorbike holiday through the then communist East Germany and Czechoslovakia in 1974, with Dianne Abbott. So I'm not personally convinced it is wide of the mark. Corbyn is in almost as bigger jam as May. He's vacillating on calling a commons vote of no confidence in the government, because he will probably lose it, and if he does, he's then left only with option B, which is a second referendum. He doesn't want that because it means he will have to give an official Labour party policy on leaving the EU which he knows will upset many of his supporters, who, unless they're incredibly thick (a distinct possibility if you actually hear them babbling on), should already know his feelings on the EU. We do need to get this issue resolved urgently though. Currently, parliament in general (both sides) are so busy arguing that they are seriously neglecting their responsibility to the country and the population. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
  14. That's what I thought to start with, and wondered why Terry had made the remark he did. Then I noticed that Paddy had edited his post with "typo corrected - thanks Terry". So he must have typed the wrong year in initially.
  15. Technically, she can't be challenged for another 12 months. The EU have made it very clear they are not going to budge, and will clearly lose a lot of face if they do so budge. So I don't think that will happen - ergo the ball is solidly in the UK court. Unless we want the WTO route, we are totally snookered. It's just going to take a little time for MP's to realise it. We might get a few sweeteners on the backstop, possibly even a legally binding one, as opposed to a merely politically binding one. But that will be it.