I understand that eBay is changing things up to make this harder to do
with 3rd-party sniping services.
There would be an easy way for eBay to prevent sniping services from
operating. That would be to automatically extend an auction by 5 minutes
whenever a bid comes in within 5 minutes of the planned end of the auction.
I'm aware of other online and "live" auctions that work this way. I wonder
what the downside from eBay's POV would be to doing this. For the record, I
don't have a problem with sniping services, and I don't even see why it
would be a problem again from eBay's POV.
I've always HATED auctions that automatically extend, like uBid!
When I really want an item, I make sure my butt is on it when it's due
to end, ready to place the old-fashioned manual snipe. If eBay
changed auction models, I'd never go back. Based on the popularity
of sites that auto extend, I'm probably not alone.
If eBay blocked the services, it would be simple enough to install
sniping software on your machine and do it yourself.
Well, that's what real auctions do and part of what makes it an auction.
That doesn't work that well.
I doubt that the popularity of eBay is due to that. I would be surprised
if the majority of users don't consider it a flaw rather than a feature.
I don't often bother with eBay, because it is more of a game than a real
auction. Sure, one can spend lots of time in multiple auctions, but for
me its not worth it. Sniping also works more reliably with broadband, so
I would have to get that in order to compete.
There's software for mac to automate sniping and no doubt for windows as
Just extend the "auctions" for a single minute and the problem would go
Barry it sounds like you get a real kick thinking you have pulled a sneaky
trick on someone.
Snatching something away from someone else by using what you think are
Tisk, tisk, tisk.
Dont you realize it dont even matter to a bidder that has bid his maximum
Only the people that are like you get upset about it.
Actually no. The snipe only delivers my bid amount. If I
"snatched" it away from someone it's because someone
didn't have a bid to top mine. It's all about taking
responsibility for your own actions. In other words, if you
want it, then bid more than I will.
Now, if somehow my sniped bid were to make the other bidders
bid less than they wanted to bid, that would be a sneaky
Of course it is always easier to blame others for your
I remember reading something from a guy that auctioned a lot. He said that
he stated right on the page that the auction would end withing two hours
either way of the published time. Made it impossible to snipe.
I thought that was a good idea.
Actually sniping software on my own machine would be my preference
You don't have to give your password to a stranger
You don't have any limits on snipe timing
You have to have your machine on and connected
Your connection might not be as reliable
I think the Pro outweighs the Con here.
Actually, with sniping software, your computer has to be running and
connected to the internet, but you *don't* have to be sitting in front
Todd, I have harped on that very thing for years.
Ebay will not change their software to do this.
However ... on the other hand ....
If a person bids the max they want to pay for an item then what is the big
deal about being out bid in the last few seconds?
in my pocket. I could be wrong, but I would imagine that in the
history of eBay, no seller has sent a message to a winning bidder
saying, "You paid too much. I'll give the blurfl to you for x dollars
I, for one, don't appreciate those high-pressure tactics <g>.
I have to admit, I went through that with an Emmert I was looking at a
couple of months ago. I had set my personal limit at $150 and I
watched the end of the auction with bated breath. I mean, it was an
Emmert Model 82 for a hundred and fifty bucks! The price went from
$120 to $215 in the last 3 minutes of the auction. It took all my
willpower not to hit that damn button. For a hypothetical enactment
of the results, see thread entitled, "How to infuriate your wife."
I'm not disagreeing with anything you're saying, Keith. I guess my
motives in this regard are less altruistic.
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