Are you going away over the next couple of weeks? Then think on whether you should bid on an item. As it can effect your feedback. Why? Its because if you go away the seller doesnt know if you dont tell them. Which may make them think that your just scamming them and start proceedings against you if they havent heard from you within a reasonable time frame. No one wants unnecessary trouble and if it can be prevented by either A)dont bid if you are going to "Sweden" on a skiing trip (eg!) and will be away for 2 weeks B) bid if you reallllly want to but allllways inform the other party out of courtesy your situation. Even if its straight after you bid. That way the other party is informed of whats going on.