Auction Snipers


What is an auction sniper?

  • It is an automated bidding system which puts in the highest bid seconds before the end of the auction.

How do I use an auction sniper?

  1. decide which one to use (do an internet search and see which ones are on the top of the list)
  2. register
  3. give your eBay username and password (if you choose a reputable one like Bidnapper, it is perfectly safe to do so)
  4. put in the auction number
  5. think very carefully while you are calm and collected, what maximum amount you would would be prepared to pay.
  6. set your maximum amount
  7. sit back and wait
  8. your sniper will tell you if you have been outbid so that you can choose to increase your maximum amount before the end of the auction.

Why do I need one?

  1. if you get caught up in bidding wars and end up spending crazy money on something you didn’t really want that much
  2. if you bid on auctions which end at awkward times – in the middle of the night, when you are in meeting or away from your computer
  3. if you find bidding stressful
  4. if you tend to forget to bid
  5. so that people do not know you are interested in the item until it is too late to counter your bid
  6. it does not drive the price up as the eBay automatic bidding system does
  7. you can cancel your bid or change it until just before the auction ends
  8. to win!

But I use eBay automated bidding…

  • eBay automatic bidding is not the same as an auction sniper. Yes you can set your maximum amount and it will bid for you BUT
  1. it starts bidding immediately
  2. every time someone bids, your automatic bid kicks in, driving the price up
  3. you cannot reduce or cancel your automatic bid after you have set it
  4. people know you are interested which often causes bidding frenzies

How expensive are they?

  • Free. Most of them have pay versions with slightly shorter lead times but I have never lost an auction using a free sniper.

Aren’t they like cheating?

Some people think so but they are free and available to anyone so no, I don’t think so.

Have you ever lost an auction using a sniper?

Once or twice when my maximum bid was too low. But I didn’t mind because I had carefully thought out beforehand how much I was prepared to pay.

Which are your favorite ones?

I use Bidnapper the most but I also like Auction Sniper and Just Snipe

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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