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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 05:06 PM
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What's the best ebay sniper software?
I once used it while ago, but cannot remember which one. I lost my beloved grandma's ruby ring. Found it on ebay just like it. I'd like to snipe it at last minute. lol
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 05:26 PM
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1. While you wait for a reccomendation, some manual snipe tips.
Bidding at any point in an Ebay auction until the time runs out is legit. A bid is a bid.

I open two browser windows in the last 5 minutes or so. One to watch the auction and one to place a bid. I place a proxy bid into one window and click "bid". That brings up the confirmation window. I do NOT confirm. I watch the other window and refresh or watch the countdown (depending if it's Ebay Motors or regular Ebay). When the time left is 10 seconds I confirm my bid. Simple. If someone's proxy bid is higher than mine, I lose. But if there are no higher proxy bids, by doing it this way, I may prevent someone else from making a higher bid thus winning the auction at possibly a lower price.

I used a bidding service before with great results but that service is no longer in operation.
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:26 PM
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2. Good idea!
I will do that. Bid ends in 3 days. I will watch it. Hope I win it for a reasonable price. Right now the bid is 41.00.
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:30 PM
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3. Forgot to add:
Yes, that service that helped me to bid is no longer in service. When I googled I couldn't recognize any name and they want money. So I will do in your way.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 10:56 PM
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4. Make sure you have a good reliable connection.
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 10:56 PM by Gold Metal Flake
And focus. I have lost auctions becouse I got distracted for "just a second" and missed out.

Good luck!


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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:32 PM
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5. I have also successively employed this method, but I also use a stopwatch.
One auction, I got the winning bid in at the last second. But ya, you only get one chance.

If it's something I absolutely must have, I just outbid everyone until it gets too crazy.
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George513 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 06:57 PM
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6. ebay sniper
http://www.hidbid.com is a good service to use.

Just remember that regardless of when your bid is placed, it still has to be the highest to win. EXCEPT, when 2 bids are the same or there isn't enough difference between them to meet ebay's minimum bid increment. In that case, the 1st one in wins.

(Automated) sniping is a convenience for people that want to avoid drawing early attention to an item, and 'nibbling' bidders (bidders who will bid the minimun increment over and over until they're the high bid), both of which normally result in a higher final price. If you have the time, you can do it manually.

A couple more benefits of sniping:

1. Sniping is actually a way of combatting shill bidding - when the seller or his buddy bids on the item until they're the high bid, and know your max, then retract their bid, and use yet another account to bid on the item, bidding just below your max. You don't give the shiller time to retract their bid in order to leave you as the high bidder, close to your max. You can't do much about a shill bidder letting their bid ride to the end of the auction, if it just raises but doesn't exceed yours.

Also, look out for 2nd chance offers, as they would be a reason for the shiller to let their shill bid ride, you may want to decline any and look for a different seller with the same item. Unless of course, the price seems ok with you, even though possible artificially jacked up.

2. You can just cancel a snipe with up to 2 or 3 minutes before the end of an auction, if you change your mind about bidding on an item, and your bid won't be placed. If you place a bid on ebay and then retract it (not a seller's or ebay's favorite thing), you can be blocked from bidding on other auctions after doing this a few times, not sure what that # is.

Anyone bidding on ebay should understand ebay's proxy bidding system (increases your bid only until it is the high, or it has been exceeded), and have an idea about their bid increments:

http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/bid-increments.html

http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/buy/bid-increments.html

http://pages.ebay.de/help/buy/bid-increments.html
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Bryn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:00 PM
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9. Thank you so much and a Big Welcome to DU
It will be a big help to me. I had a bad experience when a seller or his helpers shrilled when I placed a highest bid of 150.00 for between 45.00 to 75.00 item or less several years ago. I thought that it'd save me time and trouble, but at the end to my horror someone kept bidding it then stopped just below my highest bet. I got the item, but it wasn't worth that much and eventually ended up selling it for 25.00 on ebay. I learned my lesson the hard way and learned more about those "shrill" bidders.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 07:05 PM
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7. I like Goofbay
99% of the time I win :)
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:31 PM
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8. Wow, I had no idea there were such things. I've watched the countdown and then placed a huge-ass bid
right at the last second in case the other person has incrementally bid over my previous bid. I didn't know there were services. Interesting.
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