eBay Sniping Software - Who's trustworthy?
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 7:14 pm 
 

I've been looking around at various eBay sniping services (ye gods are there a lot of them!), and it occured to me that any service like this would need your eBay account/password. That screams security risk, either from the people running it, or some code-junkie hacking their DB and getting the information that way.

So, any Acaeum eBayers care to relay their recommendations? I doubt I'll use the software much, as I bid mostly on things that nobody else is bidding on, but I figure I may as well add another tool to the arsenal ;)

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 8:29 pm 
 

I've used Powersnipe Auction Sniper for ... I'm not sure exactly how long. Between two and three years, as a guess. The company actually was briefly hacked once (bunch of Russians, if I remember right), but nothing came of it. They did a quick switch to a new server, improved their firewall, etc. It cost them some money, but no data was compromised.

Anyway, I use Auction Sniper all the time. Here's my take on it:

Pros
Cross-platform, always-on service (don't have to be at computer to bid), virtually zero outages, easy to use.

Cons
Not free, ugly interface.

I'd add the hacking part to cons, but I'm afraid that's a given with just using the Web in the first place. Hell, every time you hand your credit card to the waiter at a retaurant, you run the risk of getting your information "hacked." I've decided not to lose any sleep over it.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:15 pm 
 

Auctionsniper. If you do it right, it is free.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:55 am 
 

Deadlord36 wrote:Auctionsniper. If you do it right, it is free.


Deadlord - this is the second time you mentioned that.  What exactly do you mean?  How do you get it free?


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 5:14 am 
 

You get 3 free snipes with a new account, and can earn more with referrals.

Sounds like a lot of work to skip out on a $0.25 fee :P

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:04 am 
 

I didn't mean the referral snipes, though I suppose that is one way.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:25 am 
 

I have been playing with Bidnapper, has yet to fail me, but I have not been using it long.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:11 pm 
 

Always auctionsniper, always.  And I've only had to pay for one snipe so far...that one slipped through.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:12 pm 
 

Just creating throw-away accounts Deadlord?

I've been using Auctionsniper since the first few replies, and it seems pretty darn good. Relatively cheap, and it works well with Firefox.

So, thanks for the advice folks :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:51 pm 
 

I use Bidnapper. I do a lot of eBay buying, so the $45/year flat fee makes a lot of sense. If you're only an occasional user, other services would make more sense dollar-wise.

Features I like:

Very Reliable. Bid & forget about it.

Quick: Snapper function allows you to set your snipe from the eBay item detail page. No cutting & pasting.

Shadow allows you to follow other eBayers with similar buying habits & bid on their auctions. Entertaining & useful.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:12 am 
 

I use auctionstealer. Never had any problems with it.

It has 3 free snipes per week at 10 seconds before closing time. For more or closer to the end snipes you need to pay.

  
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