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Old 12-22-2005, 06:04 PM
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eBay sniping... which have you used, are they safe?

thinking of automating the watchdog effort... anyone use the service, which one do you like?
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:50 PM
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I have used Auctionsniper.com a few times as they offered free snipes to try. One win and a few close calls but no security issues to date.

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Old 12-22-2005, 10:28 PM
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Thanks Sean -

I've sure been sniped a lot, can't beat 'em join 'em.
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Old 12-22-2005, 11:01 PM
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why snipe?

Just curious as to why you guys snipe on ebay?

Why don't you just bid the price you are willing to pay for the item and wait it out?
There is no reason to low-ball in a second price auction.
Are you trying to learn how much you should value the item from other bidders?
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:05 AM
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Here is the reason, for me anyway...

I find an item or three and bid then wait patiently. There is one minute left and I am the winning bidder. I start to get excited. Suddenly, I am outbid by someone else and lose the item in the last few seconds! I got sniped.

This happens to me several times. It has nothing to do with those scenarios you pointed out really, you can't lowball in fact I would argue that you end up buying way more - as an auction you must "high ball" i.e. pay more than the others (snipe or no snipe). Sniping only buys you time advantages.

I hate it believe me. It's just that if thats the game then well I guess I better learn to play or it's just a waste of time.

I have only won one item the old fashioned way (unless it was a buy it now item which is not an auction). Them's pretty poor odds!
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:28 AM
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None of them are safe............ie they are all dangerous.................you end up with way to much gear.
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:23 AM
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HI Juro,
I use ezsniper and I have had no problem with there service and the p;ercentage they charge for this is reasonable. The reason that I use it is once I have determined what I am willing to pay, why should I tell the entire ebayers that number. The sniper allows me to bid my price at the optimum time and I usually get the item. Maybe it was me who beat you at the end PM or call me if you want to know more. Also I only use the sniper when I really want the item.
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Old 12-23-2005, 05:44 AM
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I use ezsniper.com, as well. First 3 snipes are free and a 1% charge per snipe after that. You add money to your account and it takes funds only when you win. Very cheap.

Ezsniper has been very effective so far. I feel it keeps the price down by not giving other people time to think about it and outbid me or drive the price up further. Biding early just tips your hand and you are a sitting duck the whole time to be beaten and outbid by a nickel. It does not mean I win every item due some other people willing to pay allot more but it saves me time and effort too. Not having to wake up at 3am to snipe someone is money well spent. Or having to remember it while at work is money well spent too.

I view people who bid early as chumps who are costing me money. Sad but true. I do miss personally sniping someone and personally crapping on their day though. The price of progress, I guess.

Ebay rocks though despite it's imperfections. It's a great way to save allot of money.

See you all in the ebay Battlecage...

When you see bri4flyfish77 as the winning bidder on an item you wanted then you can thank me personally here.

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I've never used a sniper and had a high percentage of wins on e-bay. I wait to the last half hour or hour, enter my highest bid amount and let it go.
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I Don't Like Being Sniped

Hi All,

I have had great success with bidnapper.com. 10 bids = $14.95. Years ago, when I first started to use a snipe it was a lot easier because very few people were using the tool. Today you are out of the game without the snipe unless you want to always over bid. The reasons I use a snipe are simple.

1. I PAY ONLY WHAT I THINK THE ITEM IS WORTH.
Why get caught up in a bidding war. The true nature of auctions plays on our need to win. We will pay more than we should to be the winner. I put the price I want to pay in the snipe and if I get the item I fell good later.

2. I don't want to plan my day on when it was convenient for the seller.

3. By keeping the bids off the auction the final price is most times lower.

4. I love knowing that 4 seconds before the auction ends I am the sniper, you are not, and there isn't a thing you can do about it.

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Old 12-23-2005, 07:58 AM
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dude, check out ezsniper...way cheaper unless you do allot of really big ticket items. Only $1 per $100 spent. Winning a $20 dollar item costs you .20 cents.
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Bidgroups are also a nice feature. If there is more than one of the item you are looking for you can set them up in a folder. Once you win one (or however many you wanted) the remaining bids will cancel. Can't do that with standard ebay. I also agree that the final price seems to be lower if you snipe. I have seen normal bidders pay more than full retail for some items.

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I use auctionstealer. You can do 3 auctions a month for free, which is a great way of regulating my fishing (and other!) purchases. If I'm buying more than 3 things a month off eBay then I'm spending too much...
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