I have been buying at online auctions quite a bit and would like to start
using a sniping service to place my bids. I'm looking for a service that is
free, secure, and reliable. Any suggestions?
Bidding early with what you are willing to pay works great. You will save
lots of money by not winning. I would recommend it to anyone interested in
the same things as I.
Dave, I agree with what you are saying, in principle, and wish that it would work
that way. The problem is that there seems to be a
class of bidders that either:
a) consider an auction to be a "game" to either "win" or "lose" instead of a market
to purchase some commodity.
b) don't know themselves what their maximum bid should be.
If a representative of this category is in the bidding, and you place a proxy bid
with your maximum amount early in the bidding, a
a) place a bid that is lower than your maximum.
b) decide that he/she is going to "win" come hell or high water - or - decide that
"Well, if I was willing to spend X$, then X+1$ is
not that much more." and bump up their maximum bid.
c) repeat steps a) and b) until they exceed your bid
I've seen some auctions that show numerous consecutive bids from the same bidder. I
don't recall the maximum number of nibbles I've
seen, but certainly more than 10. Not many with that number, but if I bid early, I
can count on being outbid by someone who places
multiple, increasing bids. As I mentioned, I don't know what the rationale is, but it
appears to be that they begin to think of it
as a competition that _must_ be won, or can't decide on a fair value for the item.
The only way to buy an item at auction when you are faced with that type of bidder is
to optionally place a lowball bid to give the
"piranha" something to nibble on and wait until late in the auction to place your
real bid. Of course, taking that tactic to the
limit, you wind up "sniping" the auction.
It would really be nice for everyone if all bidders would place a proxy with their
"real maximum", but ...
Wichita, KS USA
Some of these snipers are real good. I was bidding on something the other day,
I looked at it and it said 0 seconds left and I was winning,. The next time I
looked I was outbid.
(I wasn't that dissapointed since my proxy max bid was really too high)
I'm not even sure how that happened. Ebay must really close bidding at -1
Thanks to the few people who offered suggestions for an actual service (or
local software) to use.
I'm aware of all the opposition to sniping. I've even felt it myself
actually. I got over it when I decided that life is what it is and now I
snipe too. Of course I'll never outsnipe a person who placed a higher bid
earlier. I do find the extreme emotion this question raises to be
I think it's because, as a seller from time to time, I feel that I
am getting less for my items than I would if people would bid normally.
Also, as a buyer, I feel (rightly) that people are trying to sneak in
at the last second and buy an item, without giving me a chance to
Think about it in terms of a real auction - it goes until people stop
bidding. I would actually pay extra to list an item if I could be
given the option of saying "Bidding closes 15 minutes after the
last bid after a certain time". Some of the gun auction sites do
this, and it seems the most fair for sellers and the various buyers,
instead of being biased to the person with the best nework feed and/or
: I have been buying at online auctions quite a bit and would like to start
: using a sniping service to place my bids. I'm looking for a service that is
: free, secure, and reliable. Any suggestions?
Its a free service, but only allows 3 snipes per week.
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