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About Auction Snipers
What are they:
Automated programs , either residing in your computer or subscription based services to assist in automated bidding on an auction when you are away from the computer. Sometimes resulting in winning bids.
When subscribing to an eBay sniper service you have to hand over your eBay id AND password. This can result in very nasty experiences, like a person from Birmingham in the UK experienced when all of a sudden he received all sorts of claims via eBay to send his photographic items all over the world, items he never listed , he objected but still lost his id due to lots of negative feedback. An id with a huge positive feedback !! What a loss !! Obviously the sniper web-site he subscribed to had 'a leak' in the security.
Another shocking story from a RolleiClub member:
He had been using a sniper service with success for a while but sometimes was surprised by the bid 'just under his ' being so close and having bid a few seconds before his' . He had the same tactic as I describe below , if he wanted someting desperately he placed a realistic sniper bid but fairly high. He assumed others did the same but still was suspicious. Recently his suspicion became true: He thought " What if the sniper company places a bid from a fake buyer just seconds before me in order to crank up the fee?" . This is what happened to him: He had placed a sniper bid on a polarizing filter $116.67 was his bid ( he thought ) he later discovered that he won the auction for $1116,00 he realized he had mistyped the sniper value by one digit (or $1000.00 to expensive), in stead of 116.67 he must have done 1116.67. And now comes the strange fact: the bid placed below his bid was only $3.00 lower. From $78.00 the price suddenly jumped to $1113.00 and then he won for a shocking $1116.67 for a filter with a new-value of no more than $200.00 . The sniper computer was apaerently programmed to place an automatic "fake buyer" bid only seconds before 'our buyer' just below 'our buyer's' highest bid, not knowing that it was a crazy mistake.
Losing Sniped Auctions I should have won....
Or how about the strange losing of sniped auctions I experienced myself. Although my bid was higher as the winning bid I lost more than once very desired items. No reason given.
NEVER EVER give your eBay id and password to another web-site like these sniper services. To many around are rogue and exist only shortly. If you run it on your own computer be sure it is a software that absolutely synchronises 100% with the eBay time and uses the full link to the item instead of only the item number. When using the full link you are sure it connects to the page you are looking at.
Be fair to your self : real time bidding is so much more fun and excitement and with high speed internet you can always make a bid amount adjustment in the last minute and still WIN !!
My success in winning goes like this:
I place a bid immediately after I see the auction. I continue this until I am the highest bidder with my bid being only a few dollars more as the one below me. This places me as the highest bidder but does not dramatically increase the final value , then I receive an email from eBay with the item link. When outbid eBay notifies me as well, so I keep easy track of the item.
Then ... some 10 minutes before the auction closes I sit tight, make sure I am logged in with my user id, constantly monitoring the price but also the time difference between update of page and projected end time. So I learn when I should place my killing bid arriving 5 seconds before eBay closes the auction. When I am still the highest bidder I may increase my bid . If I want the item desperately I place a realistic but very high bid , knowing it will still only be a few dollars over the highest bidder anyway, but it will be the winning bid !! If I want it but not at any price I try my luck the same way but at a moderate price. The essence is the same : no one knows I am back and will bid again, no bidding war and with some luck a nice low winning price.
Best of all:
I kept my eBay id and password secret. No security risk at all and had lot's more fun !
Happy Bidding !!
Outsmarting the Competition on eBay
You're not a loser if you lost at eBay. You just don't know the fine art of sneaky bidding, otherwise known as educated bidding. Sports teams study their rivals, and political candidates scout out what the opposition is doing. Bidding in competition against other bidders is just as serious an enterprise. What you need is a strong bidding strategy to help you outsmart the competition and win more auctions. Your two cents does matter — at least at eBay. Here's why: Many eBay members tend to round off their bids to the nearest dollar figure. Some choose nice, familiar coin increments like 25, 50, or 75 cents. But the most successful bidders at eBay have found that adding two or three cents to a routine bid can mean the difference between winning and losing. Get in the habit of making your bids in oddish figures, like $15.02 or $45.57, as an inexpensive way to edge out your competition. For the first time ever, your two cents may actually pay off! That's just one of the many strategies to get you ahead of the rest of the bidding pack without paying more than you should. Note: The following strategies are for bidders who are tracking an item over the course of a week or so, so be sure you have time to track the item and plan your next moves. Also, get a few auctions under your belt before you throw yourself into the middle of a bidding war.
Bidding strategies eBay doesn't talk about
Here's a list of Do's and Don'ts that can help you win your item. Of course, some of these tips are eBay-endorsed, but that heading sure grabbed your attention, didn't it?
- Don't bid early and high. Bidding early and high shows that you have a clear interest in the item. It also shows that you are a rookie, apt to make mistakes. If you bid early and high, you may give away just how much you want the item.
- Of course, a higher bid does mean more bucks for the seller and a healthy cut for the middleman. No big mystery that many sellers recommend it. In fact, when you sell an item, you may want to encourage it too.
- Do wait and watch your auction. If you're interested in an item and you have the time to watch it from beginning to end, the best strategy is to wait. Mark the auction to Watch This Item on your MyeBay page and remember to check it daily. But if you don't have the time, then go ahead — put in your maximum bid early and cross your fingers.
- Don't freak out if you find yourself in a bidding war. Don't keel over if, at the split second you're convinced that you're the high bidder with your $45.02, someone beats you out at $45.50.
- You can increase your maximum bid to $46, but if your bidding foe also has a maximum of $46, the tie goes to the person who put in the highest bid first. Bid as high as you're willing to go, but bid at the very end of the auction.
- Do check the item's bidding history. If you find yourself in a bidding war and want an item badly enough, check the bidding history and identify your fiercest competitor; then use the By Bidder search option to find what the bidder's recent auction experience is. Size up your competition.
- To get a pretty exact picture of your opponent's bidding habits, make special note of the times of day when he or she has bid on other auctions. You can adjust your bidding times accordingly.
- Do remember that most deals go through without a problem. The overwhelming majority of deals at eBay are closed with no trouble, which means that if the auction you're bidding in is typical and you come in second place, you've lost.
However, if the winning bidder backs out of the auction, the seller could (but isn't obligated to) come to another bidder and offer to sell the item at the second bidder's price through eBay's Personal Offer option.
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