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Monday, May 25, 2009

Sniping on Ebay using software

Acceptable or no?

9 comments:

Captain Canuck said...

never used it... but I know it would keep the cost down on auctions that you did end up wining...

hiflew said...

In a perfect world, I would say no definitely not. I think an apt comparison would be to steroids. "Regular" players pretty much have to use in order to keep up with the juiced monsters. So conscientious auction buyers would just about have to in order to keep up with the people using the programs. Obviously this is not a perfect comparison, but I think it illustrates my point pretty well.

stusigpi said...

I have decided to use it because of the shill bidding that occurs. I am sick and tired of paying an extra $10-$20 on boxes because of shills.

If you read thorzul's account of his Yount framed parallel, its pretty clear that he was a victim. I can't tell you how many auctions were I have suffered through that same scenario. Bid up the item to find where your top is and then cancel the bid and bid you back up.

I have retracted my bid on some occasions when that happens and have left the seller empty handed. I suppose my highest bid being taken up over the course of the auction hurts the seller, but its not like I am keeping others from bidding.

Voluntarheel said...

I don't use it, but I am not against it. I don't think there is anything wrong with it. It sucks to be on the short end of it, but if someone is willing to pay more than me, then so be it.

I usually make a small bid when I first see something I want. That makes sure it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of other stuff I am watching, but also makes sure I can't be shilled as it usually is a very low bid.

Then I up it right before auction end.

We have all dealt with shills, it sucks, and I want to cane them Thailand-style. But there are ways around it.

timrooks said...

absolutely acceptable. it's available to everyone. it plays entirely within the rules established by eBay. it takes the micromanagement out of sniping. and if you aren't sniping on eBay, you are paying too much.

Wrigley Wax said...

When I first started buying cards off ebay, I lost several auctions at the last second. That was my introduction to the world of sniping. I figured, if you can't beat them, join them and have been using Bid-o-matic ever since.

Now, I find my auctions, enter my bid into the software, and forget about it. I also like that if I find three different auctions for a card I'm trying to get, I can put those auctions into a group. If I win one auction, the program won't bid on the others.

Last summer, I won some auctions while on vacation - the home computer did all the work!

For me, its the only way to go.

Voluntarheel said...

Anyone that uses this have a favorite program? There are a ton out there, both free and pay. Just curious.

stusigpi said...

I downloaded bid O matic. It's a bit tough to get going because it starts in german. You have to select English from the menu and then it's easy to use and it's free.

GCA said...

I don't like it much, mostly because I'm on the short end a lot. I understand that it keeps down prices, but wouldn't ebay be against that? Don't know what the alternative would be. It just sours the experience though. There are thing I'd bid on but don't since I know somebody will snipe the hell out of 'em. Worst flame attack I ever got was telling some idiot to "bid like a man" Only used it once myself to get a set that I had lost out on four or five times....