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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:26 am 
 

I know this topic has been brought up before but I was tired of looking for it.  Sniping :!: I would like to try this and am unsure of where to start, I miss all sorts of auctions waiting for them to end and losing out in the final seconds to somebody with a snipe in place.

Which snipe program is the most reliable?

Are they safe to use? (IE can your info get in the hands of a third party)

Does sniping work?  (I am sure it does, its quite common from what I have seen)


Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks,

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:34 am 
 

I think they are safe. I use AuctionStealer.com. It has only failed on my a couple of times and once was for a friend.  :(  I probably didn't confirm the bid or something at that.

I used to use esnipe until they started charging. I am thinking there are probably a bunch more new ones.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:46 am 
 

Adam Shultz wrote:I think they are safe. I use AuctionStealer.com. It has only failed on my a couple of times and once was for a friend. :( I probably didn't confirm the bid or something at that.

I used to use esnipe until they started charging. I am thinking there are probably a bunch more new ones.


sniping programs....bah.

old skool is the best :D



  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:42 am 
 

killjoy32 wrote:
sniping programs....bah.

old skool is the best :D


Ditto,  Nothing beats that near heart attack when waiting for that last refresh with 5 seconds left before you hit the snipe  :twisted:

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:45 am 
 

I've been known to snipe once in awhile . . .

(umm, okay, sometimes I even set a snipe on auctions with 6 mintues to go so I don't have to hang around till 6 seconds are left . . .  :D  )

I use auctionsniper.  They charge 1% of the total winning price with a maximum of $10 and a minimum of 0.25 cents.  They haven't failed me yet, but they do need your ebay login and password.  Still, I imagine any sniper software does and auctionsniper seems pretty reliable.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:03 am 
 

I think most of the collectors here snipe. Its the only way to play the game. :D  It helps keep your bidding list low, which can save you money once in a while when you spot something that slips through the regular nets.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:01 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:
Adam Shultz wrote:I think they are safe. I use AuctionStealer.com. It has only failed on my a couple of times and once was for a friend. :( I probably didn't confirm the bid or something at that.

I used to use esnipe until they started charging. I am thinking there are probably a bunch more new ones.


sniping programs....bah.

old skool is the best :D


Ditto that. Nothing like F5 every two or three secons the last minute or two. Having to set the alarm for 2:43 AM so you can bid. I may sound sarcastic but this is for real this is the path I have choosen. Can I get a "Get a Life".....


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:11 pm 
 

Auctionsniper, every time.  Just think, if r_b's alarm hadn't gone off, I would have won that beautiful 1st print woody!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:13 pm 
 

Marlith wrote:
killjoy32 wrote:
Adam Shultz wrote:I think they are safe. I use AuctionStealer.com. It has only failed on my a couple of times and once was for a friend. :( I probably didn't confirm the bid or something at that.

I used to use esnipe until they started charging. I am thinking there are probably a bunch more new ones.


sniping programs....bah.

old skool is the best :D


Ditto that. Nothing like F5 every two or three secons the last minute or two. Having to set the alarm for 2:43 AM so you can bid. I may sound sarcastic but this is for real this is the path I have choosen. Can I get a "Get a Life".....


I think over a year ago I was posting on these forums how I sniped "manually" and used the F5, dual-screen, alt-tab method.

But . . . I had to get realistic. I have a full-time job, my ebay selling (which is at least a 25 hour a week job and usually more), my year-and-a-half daughter, my wife as well as home chores/cleaning. I'm at about 5 hours of sleep a night . . . I have no free time . . . ever . . . and if I do I end up putting in some Valuation Board hours . . .

So, sniping software is on the menu for sure. I couldn't get by without it!!!

:D :D :D :D


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:28 pm 
 

You can always throw in a bid in the thousands of dollars mark in the last minute. That works well for some people. :wink:


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:32 pm 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:You can always throw in a bid in the thousands of dollars mark in the last minute. That works well for some people. :wink:


Till you get two people doing that and the next thing you know you paid $1137.43  8O for an H2 or the like. Anyway isn't everyone sitting there in front of their computers looking at new listings as they appear so why not manually snipe :? . Now there is a good software application. Something that scrolls the new listings for 30 minutes across your screen like a ticker. :idea:


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:25 pm 
 

afoolandhis$ wrote:Auctionsniper, every time. Just think, if r_b's alarm hadn't gone off, I would have won that beautiful 1st print woody!


ah but stephen what you DIDNT know is that he had every alarm in the house set, just in case :D

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:57 pm 
 

Ah. Takes me back to that moment when the Bottle City level of Castle Grehawk ended.... :D


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:19 pm 
 

I'm with Al - manual sniping all the way. Using a sniping program just seems wrong somehow. Nothing like waiting until 6 seconds to go, wondering if you've misjudged the time and your bid won't register, or even when you've bid and you see the high bidder message - will someone else come in over the top?

I still think the best anti-climax you can ever get is to set up a monster snipe on an item that is still very cheap... but when you pull the trigger, you get the 'your bid is insufficient to register' message.

The only time I have ever conciously decided not to snipe was last week - for one of Stormber's auctions (the character sheets with the Wham cover art). I saw Brian was bidding, and as he'd just done me a big favour with a USA-only auction, I couldn't bring myself to snipe. So I bid with a couple of hours to go, to give him a chance to outbid me if he wanted them. Never again though...  :D

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:30 pm 
 

mdr003 wrote:I'm with Al - manual sniping all the way. Using a sniping program just seems wrong somehow. Nothing like waiting until 6 seconds to go, wondering if you've misjudged the time and your bid won't register, or even when you've bid and you see the high bidder message - will someone else come in over the top?

I still think the best anti-climax you can ever get is to set up a monster snipe on an item that is still very cheap... but when you pull the trigger, you get the 'your bid is insufficient to register' message.

The only time I have ever conciously decided not to snipe was last week - for one of Stormber's auctions (the character sheets with the Wham cover art). I saw Brian was bidding, and as he'd just done me a big favour with a USA-only auction, I couldn't bring myself to snipe. So I bid with a couple of hours to go, to give him a chance to outbid me if he wanted them. Never again though... :D

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Sorry Mike.  :oops:  I was actually going to leave them go after you topped me, but in lieu of some other auctions going sour for me, I decided to come back to that one. :)


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:38 pm 
 

Ah, innocent semantics...

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http://www.bidnip.com/ ; 250 winning bids = $40.
(16 cents each, regardless of whether the win is $10 or $1,000 with no premium for non-US currency auctions. Fairly decent/quick-to-use auction management system, too).

  


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:46 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:Ah, innocent semantics...

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http://www.bidnip.com/ ; 250 winning bids = $40.
(16 cents each, regardless of whether the win is $10 or $1,000 with no premium for non-US currency auctions. Fairly decent/quick-to-use auction management system, too).


I use auctionsniper, and if you do it right its free. :wink:


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:48 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:I use auctionsniper, and if you do it right its free. :wink:

*g*. The trick Frank mentioned, or otherwise?

Personally, I've got no probs with 16 cents for wins only. At that sort of level, I don't have to think about throwing in a tentative snipe.
(Beats the $1 fixed charge some other sniping services make for non-US currency bids, which are a major pain for users located outwith the States).

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:02 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:
Adam Shultz wrote:I think they are safe. I use AuctionStealer.com. It has only failed on my a couple of times and once was for a friend. :( I probably didn't confirm the bid or something at that.

I used to use esnipe until they started charging. I am thinking there are probably a bunch more new ones.


sniping programs....bah.

old skool is the best :D



I am with KJ on this one. If I can't do it real time at my computer, too bad. It is great when you hit, and crappy when you miss. But it is fun, nevertheless.  :D


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:13 pm 
 

Screw old skool. I got better things to do than hover over the puter waiting for an auction to end. Besides, I have a short attention span so I could be watching TV and the auction would expire or summat. :lol:


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