BAM eBay Buyer Blog

Posts for eBay buyers about buying on eBay

Rob's First Blog - Introduction and Background

Introduction

Hi. My name is Robert and I'm a programmer. In the early 2000's I used to sell on eBay small value items (around $10 each). I've sold over 13,000 items and after couple of years, after seeing my fees going up and my sell through rates going down, I decided that it's not for me. In 2007 I sold my eBay business and got a job as a programmer.

How Buyer Auction Manager (BAM) was born

One day in 2011 while looking at ended auctions on eBay, I've noticed that sometimes there were items that sold for below what I was willing to pay for them. I've noticed that those were mostly Buy It Now items and they ended very quickly (few minutes after being posted). That gave me an idea to create a program that would search for newly posted Buy It Now items.

Originally I created BAM for myself and after using it for a while, I saw that it provided value and I released it as original Buyer Auction Manager (now re-branded to Lite version). I offered it for free, hoping that people would start using it, save money on eBay and share some with me by donating. That didn't work out too well because not many people were using my software and nobody was donating. It was time to change strategy.

Split between original BAM and Full version

At the end of 2011, I decided that I wanted to make my software better but I also wanted to make some money along the way. I froze new development on the original version (Lite) and created new version (Full). I put all the improvements and additions to that new version. I've added eBay Sniper and released Full version for beta testing in December 2011. Since that time, I also added Ending Auction scanner (which was an idea I got from somebody using the software) and I officially released Buyer Auction Manager (Full) on February 24, 2012.

Purpose for this blog

I'll use this blog to post some of my thoughts related to eBay geared towards buyers, how to save money and "how to eBay".

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