Wow. I feel like I'm about 80 years old right now. I just had no idea this is how people felt.
If you just do a decent search of your item you can set a good buy it now price.
How can you do that when the listings range from $10 to $70 and you have no idea how long they've actually
been up? Sure you can see how long that particular
listing was there, but that item could have been up for months and you wouldn't know. There could be three listings for the product you're selling, each of them at $40, and you have no idea whether that means your item will sell for $40 or won't sell at all. There is no way to tell, because if it did sell, the listing obviously wouldn't show up. So what should you do? Put yours up for $40, too?
At least with auctions you can monitor bidding to somewhat accurately gauge interest in the item.
It is a signifigant time investment to get a good deal on auction and require a ton monitoring.
I thought it was just a matter of typing in your maximum bid and then checking to see if you won. I guess I'm missing something.
From a buyers perspective, the entire point in eBay for me was to get the best deal possible. Now it's just pay what the seller wants. In other words, it's like any other online store. Except with a greater chance of getting screwed.