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post #1 of 24
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I have to admit....I'm an absolute e-Bay addict. I am in dire need of a 12-step program!

I'm so frustrated...yesterday I lost an auction that I really had my heart set on. It's the second time I've bid on this type of item and lost.

My question is....has anyone here used any of the 'Auction Sniper' type of software that bids for you? They are designed to bid in the last 10 seconds or so of an auction, so that your chances of winning are greatly increased. You also don't have to be anywhere near a computer to have this software bid on your auction, it does it automatically for you. It always seems that the auctions that I'm interested in are ending while I'm at work, or in the middle of the night.

In a way, it feels like cheating...and I consider myself to be an honest person. On the other hand, it's there, and available to use, and it really doesn't hurt anyone. For some of the programs, there's a yearly fee, others are free, and still others charge you a small (1%) fee per auction, based on the final selling price. I haven't really looked into too many of them, but I thought I'd ask to see if anyone has used them, and if they would recommend any or had any thoughts they'd like to share!

Thanks!
post #2 of 24
No, but getting in there at the last like 20 seconds of the auction is the best way to win it, in my experience. Of course, that doesn't work if you can't be there. Does ebay have any rules against using that type of software? I know I'm famous for doing it, and I'm sure I really get cussed at when I do...
post #3 of 24
I have a friend that uses that all the time, I wonder what happens if other people that are bidding have the same software
post #4 of 24
I've totally been sniper-ed in many auctions ...sometimes you just can't be online watching the last 10 seconds. What's that new eBay "Bid assistant"? Does anyone know if that works as an anti-sniper?
post #5 of 24
I admit to sniping on occasion, but not using any software - I should think that would be against eBay rules to use automated software for bidding. At least I HOPE it is against the rules!

Part of the fun of bidding on something is to be the winner - so if I can watch and auction and jump in at the last minute to win it, I'm psyched!

If you bid on something too early, that can drive the bids up higher than you wanted to pay, so to me, last minute bidding is a great strategy!
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I admit to sniping on occasion, but not using any software - I should think that would be against eBay rules to use automated software for bidding. At least I HOPE it is against the rules!

Part of the fun of bidding on something is to be the winner - so if I can watch and auction and jump in at the last minute to win it, I'm psyched!

If you bid on something too early, that can drive the bids up higher than you wanted to pay, so to me, last minute bidding is a great strategy!
I fully agree with that and don't understand why people start bidding too early and bring the price much higher than needs to be. I always bid within the last minute.
post #7 of 24
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Oh yeah, I've sniped plenty....when I've been home and available at the end of an auction. Oh man...the excitement!!! I can actually feel the tension and the rush...obviously it's part of the addiction, lol!

I've spent some time going through e-Bay's rules and regulations, and can find nothing about sniper programs. I truly would hate to use some software to win an auction and then find out it was illegal to do and have my account cancelled. I can't imagine anything that would be worse! Call me chicken, I guess....eventually I'll be there at the right time, with the right bid and win the auction that I have my heart set on.
post #8 of 24
Sniper programs are not against the rules and are used by many, many bidders.
post #9 of 24
I have never used anything like that~didnt even know there was such a thing!!! I know I HATE getting out bid!! Man that makes me sooo mad!! LOL...
post #10 of 24
I use and like Auction Sniper (www.auctionsniper.com) - it is free to register and if you tell them when registering that I sent you (I am rosehavenoss) they will give you a number of free snipes (and they will also give me a number of free snipes).

You set the highest amount you are willing to bid for an item and the lead time (how many seconds before the auction closes you want Sniper to bid for you - I use 3 seconds) and go on with life. It has worked for me many times successfully.

That all now being said, Sniper software doesn't automagically guarantee that you will win an auction. For instance, if someone else sets their highest bid amount higher than yours, you will lose. But for the most part, it works well.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by gayef View Post
I use and like Auction Sniper (www.auctionsniper.com) - it is free to register and if you tell them when registering that I sent you (I am rosehavenoss) they will give you a number of free snipes (and they will also give me a number of free snipes).

You set the highest amount you are willing to bid for an item and the lead time (how many seconds before the auction closes you want Sniper to bid for you - I use 3 seconds) and go on with life. It has worked for me many times successfully.

That all now being said, Sniper software doesn't automagically guarantee that you will win an auction. For instance, if someone else sets their highest bid amount higher than yours, you will lose. But for the most part, it works well.
Actually, this is the one that I was looking at! I haven't decided yet whether or not I want to try it, but if I do, I'll make sure to put you down for a referral!
post #12 of 24
I've used Sniper programs, and I've won a few times, I won more often when I sniped myself.
post #13 of 24
Hmmm...I Have't personally tried the Auction Sniper yet...I kind of like being there the last 60 seconds of the auction racing to outbid the programs.

It helps me mentally with a lot of vented frustration.
post #14 of 24
Here's a bunch of free sniper programs you can try. I can't vouch for any of them personally, but hey - they're free!

http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/B...free-ebay.html
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I admit to sniping on occasion, but not using any software - I should think that would be against eBay rules to use automated software for bidding. At least I HOPE it is against the rules!

Part of the fun of bidding on something is to be the winner - so if I can watch and auction and jump in at the last minute to win it, I'm psyched!

If you bid on something too early, that can drive the bids up higher than you wanted to pay, so to me, last minute bidding is a great strategy!
I agree--and I never saw anything wrong with "sniping"--if it were a live auction, hands raised, etc., isn't bidding at the last second what they do (correct me if I'm wrong; I've never been to a real auction!)? I always do my bidding in the final minutes on eBay--I never seem to win otherwise; and why bid the item up over and over? Nowadays however, I usually skip to Buy it Now.

MargeCat
post #16 of 24
I usually bid in the last 30 seconds... more like the last 20 seconds.. just enough time to give me a bid, not enough time for the email alert to hit their inbox, them to read it, log on to ebay... and hopefully not enough time for them to counteract it more than once... iow, I start the last minute bid process usually around 20 seconds, which takes about 10-15 seconds to do, put in my max price, and usually it's not enough time for someone else to outbid me.

I'm wondering how the snipers work. I can't always be there to last minute bid myself.
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gayef View Post
I use and like Auction Sniper (www.auctionsniper.com) - it is free to register and if you tell them when registering that I sent you (I am rosehavenoss) they will give you a number of free snipes (and they will also give me a number of free snipes).

You set the highest amount you are willing to bid for an item and the lead time (how many seconds before the auction closes you want Sniper to bid for you - I use 3 seconds) and go on with life. It has worked for me many times successfully.

That all now being said, Sniper software doesn't automagically guarantee that you will win an auction. For instance, if someone else sets their highest bid amount higher than yours, you will lose. But for the most part, it works well.

Okay...I just signed up for AuctionSniper.com and used you (rosehavenoss) as a referral! My auction has a smidge over 22 minutes left. I'll let you know how it goes! I honestly didn't think I'd be home right now, or I would have tried to snipe on my own. Doesn't hurt to try this program out though!
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
WooooHoooo!!!! It works!!! I finally won the item....and at only $56!!! I'm absolutely JAZZED!!!!
post #19 of 24
I just hate being sniped!!!!! I'm sure I'm going to win it then some looser beats me in the last 10 seconds by 50 cents! That really me. But in all fairness I didn't really want to go that 50 cents extra and even if I did it would end up $5 more than I plained.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
I have to admit....I'm an absolute e-Bay addict. I am in dire need of a 12-step program!

I'm so frustrated...yesterday I lost an auction that I really had my heart set on. It's the second time I've bid on this type of item and lost.

My question is....has anyone here used any of the 'Auction Sniper' type of software that bids for you? They are designed to bid in the last 10 seconds or so of an auction, so that your chances of winning are greatly increased. You also don't have to be anywhere near a computer to have this software bid on your auction, it does it automatically for you. It always seems that the auctions that I'm interested in are ending while I'm at work, or in the middle of the night.

In a way, it feels like cheating...and I consider myself to be an honest person. On the other hand, it's there, and available to use, and it really doesn't hurt anyone. For some of the programs, there's a yearly fee, others are free, and still others charge you a small (1%) fee per auction, based on the final selling price. I haven't really looked into too many of them, but I thought I'd ask to see if anyone has used them, and if they would recommend any or had any thoughts they'd like to share!

Thanks!


This is what my dad does when he is out of town/working/busy. I really don't see it as cheating. Everyone has this option! You should try it! You have a better chance of winning this way!
post #21 of 24
I tried auction sniper once years ago, i think i lost the item anyway.
I like to do it myself, if possible. I start in the last 15 minutes or so, and remain vigilant, but I haven't bought on Ebay in a long time now.
(i detoxed myself) ha ha
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
I agree--and I never saw anything wrong with "sniping"--if it were a live auction, hands raised, etc., isn't bidding at the last second what they do (correct me if I'm wrong; I've never been to a real auction!)? I always do my bidding in the final minutes on eBay--I never seem to win otherwise; and why bid the item up over and over? Nowadays however, I usually skip to Buy it Now.

MargeCat
At a real auction, there is no real 'time limit' on the bidding. They set up all the stuff that will be bid on, and you wander around looking at it all, and keep track of the lot numbers of stuff you want. At some auctions it is against the rules to try to buy things beforehand, at some it isn't.
When stuff is actually up on the block, the auctioneer starts at a number lower than what is expected but not too low (would waste time) and you hold up your little number card to bid. If someone is willing to go higher than you, you lose.
There is no time limit, and jumping in at the end is definitely not encouraged. For the most part you bid the entire time on that item, and win by being willing to pay more than the others. Sometimes a new person will join towards the end, but there isn't much advantage except psychological. Ostensibly the bidding could go on for hours... sometimes seems like it...

I've been drug to more auctions than I care to count... my grandmother is an antiques dealer.
post #23 of 24
Whoa, I'm absolutely in the minority here, I intensely dislike eBay and when I have to buy something there (living on an island has limited shopping and Santa needs help) I always use the Buy It Now!
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
If you bid on something too early, that can drive the bids up higher than you wanted to pay, so to me, last minute bidding is a great strategy!
This is the logic I use as well. I just wait and watch the auction and then bid in the last minute.

Now for items that end while I am asleep then I bid slightly over what I am willing to pay and then just hope I win. If I don't, I don't.

It is even more fun to sell and then watch your auction price rise and rise at the last minute as other people fight over it

I don't think I would ever use the software but I don't have anything against it either.

I do wonder though if eBay has a rule against it.
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