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Old 12-05-04, 11:50 PM   #1
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E-snipers out there?

I have decided that "babysitting" auctions is too much of a waste. Anybody use the e-sniper? Also how close can I place my bid at the end of auction and still have it work? I'm thinking 4 seconds should be fine?
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Old 12-06-04, 01:33 AM   #2
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whatcha buying.
nevermind.

oh ive heard not to use a free sniper because basically you are giving them your ebay password and username. 9 times out of 10 Joe schmo doesnt realize that their paypal password is the same as their ebay password. be careful.
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Old 12-06-04, 11:21 AM   #3
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I use www.auctionsniper.com and really like it.
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What's with the new "maskless" avatar 53-11?
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Why not just bid the maximum you're willing to pay and then come back a week later and see if you've won the auction? If you didn't then it was more than you was willing to pay anyway and if you did then you're happy. People, including my wife, just don't seem to understand proxy bidding.
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Old 12-06-04, 11:38 AM   #6
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Why not just bid the maximum you're willing to pay and then come back a week later and see if you've won the auction? If you didn't then it was more than you was willing to pay anyway and if you did then you're happy. People, including my wife, just don't seem to understand proxy bidding.
have you used Ebay much? Why show your hand early and let someone outbid you or even know you're interested. Waiting til the last minute is definitely the smartest move.
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moved to where?
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I snipe auctions regularly. Four seconds may be OK for a snipe, but it depends on the speed of your connection. Dial up may need more time, say up to 12 seconds. I have dial up now. I use a 7 second snipe. When I had a high speed connection I was able to use 3-4 seconds.
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whatcha buying.
nevermind.

oh ive heard not to use a free sniper because basically you are giving them your ebay password and username. 9 times out of 10 Joe schmo doesnt realize that their paypal password is the same as their ebay password. be careful.


Where did you get that pearl of mis-information!?!?! Your eBay and PayPal passwords are independent of each other.... Unless you're a stunod and set them the same.

Sheesh!
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Why do you need sniping software? On a BAD day I can pull a 4 second snipe manually with my eyes closed. 2 second snipes are a cakewalk. I did get lucky one day and got my bid in just as it was closing and my bid time was exactly the same as the closing time... HONEST!
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Why not just bid the maximum you're willing to pay and then come back a week later and see if you've won the auction? If you didn't then it was more than you was willing to pay anyway and if you did then you're happy. People, including my wife, just don't seem to understand proxy bidding.
Exactly. The only people bid snipers really beat out are...other bid snipers.

If you bid your max you either get it somewhere between the most you are willing to pay and the most someone else is willing to pay, or somebody bids higher and you keep looking. Max bid beats max bid, regardless if the max bid was put in 4 seconds or 4 days from the end of the auction.

I used to do the whole sniper thing and found that in reality I'd sometimes end up paying more than I really would have otherwise. Now I just figure how much I think I'd like to pay and throw that bid in.

323 transactions later and I'm pretty happy....
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Old 12-06-04, 09:10 PM   #13
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I generally do the proxy vote thing. I bid what I think it's worth, which may be less than what I'm prepared to pay. If the bidding goes over that, I'll reconsider closer to the end of the auction. If it's too high I let it go.

For certain items, like the digital camera and mp3 player I bought, I look for auctions with a reasonably priced buy-it-now option (and check that the postage isn't extortionate) and use that.

Another auction site I've seen (but never used) doesn't close bidding until ten minutes after the highest bid. This wipes out all sniping. I kinda wish Ebay would adopt this practice.

In all honesty, I think Ebay is a far better place to sell things than to buy them. My wife scours garage sales for old Lego or Brio and we clean them up if they need it and sell them on ebay for a very tidy profit thankyouverymuch. Not enough to make a business out of it, but it's a hobby.
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Why do you need sniping software? On a BAD day I can pull a 4 second snipe manually with my eyes closed. 2 second snipes are a cakewalk. I did get lucky one day and got my bid in just as it was closing and my bid time was exactly the same as the closing time... HONEST!
I think that's great, but it's rare that I have time to be at the keyboard when an auction ends. Also, I like the sniping option because I can change my mind at any time about a snipe I've set. I can cancel at anytime before the auction ends, instead of being locked in with a bid. That way, if a better item pops up the day the auction ends, I just delete the planned snipe and add one to the new auction.
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