I am looking for someone either full or part time to automate below process to search online auctions, come up with the range each piece of equipment sells for, and then automatically place a bid at pre-determined discount below probable selling price.
I am not a techie. I am a equipment trader. So, I'm not even sure what skills are needed. Just read through below scenario that I want to automate and scale.
BTW, if you can't help, but you can advise me on what skills or type of person I'm looking for that would be helpful and appreciated!
BEFORE: Earlier this year, I was scanning different online equipment auction companies offerings. I found 2 pieces of railroad equipment up for auction on the New York Metro Authority website. I manually went online and found that refurbished pieces of equipment like this sell together for $150,000+. So, entered a bid of $25,000 for the pair. I didn't figure I would be high bidder. BUT, if on the odd chance I did win, I figured there was room to make some money just given the spread in the my bid and what they sell for. I knew NOTHING…zero…about the two pieces of equipment. I was simply bidding on the spread.
AFTER: Turns out I was the high bidder at $25,000. It took me a couple of weeks, but I found a buyer who refurbishes these pieces of RR equipment. He bought the 2 units for $50,000.
Is my very manual process something that could be automated?
The 3 steps involved are: 1) Seeing what equipment is for a sale on a given auction site; 2) Finding out the range each unit sells for on average (there a several websites that hold this information you just have to manually search), 3) Then placing an automatic bid at a sufficient discount that if you win you should be able to sell for a profit.
This project could be full time, part time, contract, &/or remote.
Please send me a resume and write-up on why you would be the person to design and implement such an automated system.
Damon at 303.321.1471