Gosh this takes me back to my very first ebay experience. I had decided I just HAD to have an Aussie saddle for my super wide QH (mostly because when I searched "wide saddle" a bunch of cool looking two toned Aussie saddles came up. That... and I was in love with the Man from Snowy River.
Anyway, I placed a bid on said saddle and thought, "Yay, I'm winning!" I checked on that saddle every day ("Yay, I'm winning!") As it ended, I sat there hitting "refresh" every seven seconds. ("Yay, I'm winning!") I hit refresh just as it ended, preparing to change my mantra to "Yay, I won!" when suddenly I realized... I hadn't won.
Someone swooped in at the last second and outbid me.
It happened to me a couple more times before I wised up and learned the key to successful ebay bidding is to "sniper bid" at the last second. I'm half proud/half ashamed to say that I've been successful in "stealing" ebay items away from clueless newbies like I once was plenty of times since then.
I never did buy that Aussie saddle, though.