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NEW requirement to "SHARE DATA" with Ebay to use EZSniper

Old 11-18-17, 07:02 PM
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NEW requirement to "SHARE DATA" with Ebay to use EZSniper

So I was getting ready to put in my bid with EZ Sniper, for the usual convenience reasons (easy to change or cancel bid, and no last-minute bidding needed).

I got a pop-up message stating a new requirement that I allow EZ Sniper to link to and share Ebay data.

Message reads as follows:


"Grant application access: EZsniper

Ready to use EZsniper? Great! We need your consent to share your eBay data. Don't worry, we won't share your eBay password. You can change this any time by editing your account preferences- opens in a new window or tab.

Please take the time to read EZsniper's terms of service and privacy policy- opens in a new window or tab, because these policies will apply when you use this service. Remember, we don't manage policies set by other companies.

By clicking on the "I agree" button, you're allowing us to link your eBay account with EZsniper."


Now having learned to trust EZ Sniper over the years, this message sent troubling signals.
What sort of data do you suppose they are after? And why?
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Old 11-18-17, 07:19 PM
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Send them an email and ask.
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Old 11-18-17, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
Now having learned to trust EZ Sniper over the years, this message sent troubling signals.
What sort of data do you suppose they are after? And why?
Anything and everything they can get their hands on. Even if there's not a market for the data they can collect right now, they want to be able to sell it at some point in the future. My guess is that their thinking "man we're collecting a lot of data and it might be worth something, but we don't have full rights to share it, so we should get everyone to agree to a new terms of use so we can sell it."

In the future they'll sell it to the Master Overlord AI to help it understand the bizarre human fixation with old bikes.
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Ebay bids on your behalf up to the amount you set. No sniping site or software can out-bid ebay's own system. Make a bid you can live with and let ebay outbid the others. If you lose, it's only because your bid wasn't high enough.

Point is this: you don't need sniping software at all - it's a scam. Learn how ebay works and avoid the hassle.
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Old 11-19-17, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
... you don't need sniping software at all - it's a scam. Learn how ebay works and avoid the hassle.
True, however, by bidding on eBay you reveal your intent much more visibly than by using a sniping site. In particular, you reveal your intent to the seller, who may or may not be the most scrupulous person (despite his eBay rating).
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Old 11-19-17, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
Ebay bids on your behalf up to the amount you set. No sniping site or software can out-bid ebay's own system. Make a bid you can live with and let ebay outbid the others. If you lose, it's only because your bid wasn't high enough.

Point is this: you don't need sniping software at all - it's a scam. Learn how ebay works and avoid the hassle.
You should only bid on an item once and bid at the last possibe second (using sniping software).

Learn how auctions work.
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Well, do you think the sniper sites could make money with a new site offering to ebay sellers data from their buyers sites?
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Old 11-19-17, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
Ebay bids on your behalf up to the amount you set. No sniping site or software can out-bid ebay's own system. Make a bid you can live with and let ebay outbid the others. If you lose, it's only because your bid wasn't high enough.

Point is this: you don't need sniping software at all - it's a scam. Learn how ebay works and avoid the hassle.
I don't think you understand how it works.
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Old 11-19-17, 11:09 AM
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The solution is easy, agree to share data, then set things up so you don't share anything that matters.

Namely create a free email a/c strictly for use with ebay and anything else you don't care about. Use that to create a new ebay a/c only for certain types of purchases. If you wish, use a fake name, though you will have to use your real address, or at least a real mail service address of some kind. Then feel free to share that ebay a/c and it's limited profile with anyone. After a year you can cancel or simply orphan it and repeat the process.
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Old 11-19-17, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
The solution is easy, agree to share data, then set things up so you don't share anything that matters.
I run my sniping software on my own computer, so I don't have to share anything with a third party.

An advantage of a sniping service, besides the above-mentioned not revealing your interest until the last moment, is that you can cancel your snipe at any time without having to jump through any hoops.

The software I use also allows me to snipe on a list of items, each with its own bid, and submit bids on those items until the quantity I request is won.

So, if I want a Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear derailleur, and there are a dozen currently listed in various conditions and shipping prices, I can create a list of all those items and the price I'm willing to pay for each due to condition, seller reputation, and/or shipping cost, feed the list to the snipe software, and it will work through the list until I get the derailleur I want at the price I'm willing to pay.

The disadvantage, at least for some people, is that you need to have a computer continuously connected to the internet for the entire time that the auctions you are sniping are active.
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Old 11-19-17, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
Ebay bids on your behalf up to the amount you set. No sniping site or software can out-bid ebay's own system. Make a bid you can live with and let ebay outbid the others. If you lose, it's only because your bid wasn't high enough.

Point is this: you don't need sniping software at all - it's a scam. Learn how ebay works and avoid the hassle.
May you bid on all my auctions.

I suggest a bit of ebay game theory thinking.
Key point to the game, ebay has absolute time end auctions.
If you think it through, you will understand that snipe bids are an effective way to minimize the amount of a winning bid.
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