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07-02-2015 01:44 PM
The same thing just happened to me- the countdown clock did not work and then the screen eBay put up had several different maximum bid prices that you could click on; neddless to say I was suprised and of course didn't click on any of the options presented- what in the world will they think of next ? I am frustrated to say the least- why do they make a change without notifying the buyers and sellers ? My thoughts on this is that there is no better way to discourage bidding.
09-06-2013 10:08 AM
rectification to my previous post.
it has to do with being logged in or off
On my computer for the same auction:
Countdown timer DOES work in Firefox version 23.0 and Google Chromium Version 28.0.1500.71 if you are logged off
Countdown timer DOES NOT work in Firefox version 23.0 and Google Chromium Version 28.0.1500.71 if you are logged in
09-06-2013 10:01 AM - edited 09-06-2013 10:01 AM
I think it has to do with the browser used to view the auction.
On my computer for the same auction:
Countdown timer DOES NOT work in Firefox version 23.0
Countdown timer DOES work in Google Chromium Version 28.0.1500.71
09-02-2013 11:20 AM
All of the foregoing discussion points to eBay changing the way the bid function works (does NOT matter if you have clicked on "Bid," the clock will not count down) in an attempt to force the final price higher. This benefits them in their fees but does nothing for the buyer. So, if I am not selling, I am NOT buying anymore with this change in effect.
09-02-2013 06:46 AM
Rather than devoting effort to keeping useful things like the countdown clock working as it should, eBay seems more interested in introducing "innovations" like the new notifications bell - a distracting and, frankly, idiotic feature that continually prompts me to increase my bids for items I've already won and, in some instances, already received. It's the latest incarnation of the even more annoying pop-up that, thankfully, was removed after so many voiced their dissatisfaction.
08-31-2013 10:32 AM
03-29-2013 10:49 AM
if the item still has a bin available, the countdown doesn't run because technically it could end at any time with someone pushing the bin button.
the countdown timer has been off in some categories so don't depend on it. Most times I time it about 7 seconds slow but one category it was running about 4 minutes off. I would watch the listing at a different site and watch the bidding and the ending and reclicked over here and see minutes left and just chuckle at the snipers that are losing out because the clock is off.
03-26-2012 12:27 PM
No...countdown clocks should always work and you certainly don't have to place a bid to view it...but at the moment most clocks are not working....logging off and back on
did not help...it must be an Ebay internal problem
03-22-2012 06:54 AM
It only works if you are a buyer. If you were planning on buying the item you should have placed a bid. I know sometimes the thing is to place the last bid so no one bids over you, but you never know if the high bidder placed a bid just high enough to go over you.