Delete....I don't feel like battling over Ebay correctness.........
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come to think......I think I still owe some money to Esnipe. It's been at least a couple of years since the last time I used them.
dont bother with them, they arent even worth it
Unless the software is specifically written to be slow, e-bay can easily catch it if they're willing to.
I've written similar software, not for e-bay but other things.
Sniping is perfectly OK on eBay, last time I checked. I've seen software to snipe bids written for PCs, Macs, UNIX machines, Blackberries, and Windows Mobile devices.
I don't bother using it, because some of the seedier software advertised I've seen ends up being a Trojan horse to steal ebay usernames and passwords. There are definite legit programs, but I have not heard about any that are head and shoulders above others.
because sniping on bids doesnt really make a difference unless your bidding on an extremely important item that everyone is bidding on... 10+ bids in the last few minutes. Most of the time you can put in an amount with a minute or two left and youll get it. ebay works great with bidding, but a lot of people dont understand the way it works. its quite simple. say theres a bike selling for $400 with 5 minutes left. if you wait until 1 minute left, and then put in, say, the max i want to spend is $500. even if someone were to put a bid in, for say $420 within that last minute, the bike would be sold to you for only $421. it takes the next largest digit after the second highest bidder. so technically sniping a bid is rather useless in almost any occasion. dont waste your time with them, they arent worth it. especially if you paying for it.
I have used gixen to snipe. I use it if I will be away at the end of the auction.
"harder" is not a very good safeword.
I am surprised there is any debate on this. Sniping is definitely the best strategy on ebay auctions. If you post a bid too early you run the risk of heating up the bidding. By bidding yourself this has the effect of encouraging others to bid. By sniping you can often catch other bidders by surprise. I think that it would be better if ebay auctions were more like real auctions in that they shouldn´t have a fixed end point. When a bid is put in the auction should automatically be prolonged by 5 mins. This would be better for sellers but would make it more difficult for snipers. However the ebay system practically make sniping the only sensible option.
only the dead have seen the end of mass motorized stupidity
(well if he was alive today he would have written it)
Is there any other way to bid if you really want something on eBay?
And I mean manual rather than automated sniping.
Apart from anything else, there is a buzz from sniping at the end with other similarly minded bidders. Even using "my highest bid" doesn't guarantee you will win, coz someone might just work out your cost strategy, and post a higher "highest bid" amount right in the last seconds, too.
I find the thrill gets the heart rate to the levels of a flat out uphill sprint for 15 seconds.
Dream. Dare. Do.
Try out AuctionSniper.com - you get 3 or 5 free snipes when you start