quote:Originally posted by corona:
Why bother stating a reserve...just adjust your opening bid. If it's good, it's good. If not, you'll know in 7 days. Why play games?
All auctions are games, whether you place a reserve or not.
In my opinion, if you've got a relatively scarce item that is in demand, using a reserve won't affect bidding. I sold an old laptop with a high reserve, and started the bids low ($9.99). It did better than any of the other similar laptops that sold previously.
If the item is readily available from other sellers, reserve will probably hurt you.