You are right bill . The fees ebay charges for reserve are alot and sellers are allowed 12 hours before end of auction to remove the item listed. There is a stratagy for buyers to wait till the last 30 seconds to bid and there is the option for the seller to end it early if he sees no bids. When I want somthing on ebay I bid right from the start. I really dont know what is a good method for the buyer or the seller. People get mad either way if they get sniped at the last second or the seller pulls it . Ebay and paypal fees are around 11 percent of the total sale .