How British Summer Time impacts eBay auctions

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If you’re anything like me, in today’s digital age the start of British Summer Time almost passed me by. My mobile phone, TV and even British Gas Hive heating all updated themselves and there was just one clock in the house that needed adjusting.

Pleasant light evenings are back again and having passed the Spring Equinox the days are now longer than the nights making the world a pleasanter place to live and hopefully the end of snow and beginning of Spring. Sunday evening pub dinners will be more enjoyable as beer gardens stay occupied for longer and for keen gardeners you’ll be able to start mowing the grass and weeding the flower beds in the evenings once again.

British Summer Time and eBay Auctions

On eBay however, every time the clocks change it catches out a few people who still run auctions. Fixed Price listings aren’t impacted too much as the end time doesn’t really matter, but for auctions eBay will still run them for the same number of hours meaning they’ll finish one hour later than you started them.

For instance a seven day auction started last Sunday at 7pm and ending this Sunday will close at 8pm. Your auction will have run for exactly the 168 hours you paid for but, because the clocks leapt forward an hour last night, that means they’ll finish one hour later.

If you’re relisting auctions make sure that you schedule them to start at the time you’d prefer them to, although in these days of mobile internet and the eBay app buyers will always receive alerts if they’re bidding or watching your items so even here finishing times aren’t quite as important as they may have been in the past.

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