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    I was reading on the board regarding bidding on E-bay. There was a web site that bids for you and I don't remember the name. If there is, how safe is it.
    I was watching a sewing machine and it was down to the last min and all of a sudden there was another bid. I was wondering if they had help from the web site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppermint
    I was reading on the board regarding bidding on E-bay. There was a web site that bids for you and I don't remember the name. If there is, how safe is it.
    I was watching a sewing machine and it was down to the last min and all of a sudden there was another bid. I was wondering if they had help from the web site.
    Probably. It's called "sniping". There are several websites that can snipe on ebay.
    You can Google "ebay sniping" and will see several.
    I've never used them so I can't tell you anything about them.

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    Just wait to bid until the end.

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    It's sniping. I did it once a long time ago when I really wanted something - actually twice. Once I won and once I lost. There really isn't any danger that I can see. You put in your highest allowable bid and it will bid up to there. It seemed to do a good job of keeping it low. I think on the one I lost, it was at a bid higher than my high bid. I don't recall the website but I found it through googling.

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    What is the difference between putting in an amount in ebay for the most you are willing to bid, and using one of these other programs? Doesn't ebay keep increasing your bid until it reaches the amount you have entered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    What is the difference between putting in an amount in ebay for the most you are willing to bid, and using one of these other programs? Doesn't ebay keep increasing your bid until it reaches the amount you have entered?
    Yes! Just put in your MAX bid and it will stop when no one bids higher than you. So, you get it for often much less than what you are willing to pay.

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    I use:
    http://esnipe.com/

    Some advantages:
    If you want to bid at the last minute, then you don't have to stay up until 3AM groggily poised over your machine watching the clock go down 8 seconds, 7 seconds, 6 seconds. etc. until the auction ends.

    By putting a proxy bid in on eBay during the listing, you're actually encouraging clueless bidders (and there are a lot of them) to keep bidding up your proxy. So it's entirely possible that you'll be paying more than you would have if you just kept silent and out of it, and came in at the last second or two.

    You possibly could still be outbid (and often will be) with a snipe by a higher snipe, or even someone's proxy that will go up when your snipe bid hits the system.

    But if you put in your HONEST highest-you're-willing-to-spend amount for the widget, then it's gonna end however it's gonna end.

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    www.bidnip.com is a good one if you wanted to go that route. I've gotten lots of items using them, works great by getting in a bid in the last second or two. if you put in bids early on ebay, that gives ample time for other bidders to run up the bid to your max. good luck with your bidding. hope you get some deals.

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    I usually just put in my top bid and let it go. I DON"T trust my memory. I've been know to wait til the last few hours to bid, then forget about it and lose to someone with a bid lower that I was willing to pay.

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    The free sniping co. I have bid through will bid up to the last 10 seconds. If I was willing to pay a fee, they bid to the last 3 seconds. In other words, I could be out bid by a higher bid before the last 10 secs., or by another bidder who pays their fee and her bid would be placed just after mine.

    I have won quite a few like this wheras beforehand I lost quite a lot after the last 30 secs because I couldn't get another bid in quickly enough.. The snipe company informs me if my bid has been successful, then I go ahead and pay as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    What is the difference between putting in an amount in ebay for the most you are willing to bid, and using one of these other programs? Doesn't ebay keep increasing your bid until it reaches the amount you have entered?
    Yes that is what I have done as well. And if it goes over my top bid... then I was not meant to have it! :)

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    I hate that we have to do it this way, I feel like I am being mean.......but it is about the only way to get what you want now! You are so right, if you just go ahead and put in a bid, someone will come behind you and raise it another dollar......used to be fun, but now it is too cut-throat to do!

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    I just put in my bid and take my chances at it.

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    What type of fee does Sniping or the other company charge? I'm sure they don't do it for free...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    What type of fee does Sniping or the other company charge? I'm sure they don't do it for free...
    This is the fees on one sight!

    Auction wins for under $25 $0.25
    Auction wins between $25-$1,000 1% of auction price
    Auction wins for $1,000 and over $10.00

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    The cost is .$25 per bid (ONLY if it's successful) for bids under $25. Over $25 it's 1% of the winning bid.

    https://esnipe10.esnipe.com/Fees/

    I think I bought $15 worth of bid points around 4 years ago and I'm just about done with them.

    I think you might get a few free snipes just for signing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    What is the difference between putting in an amount in ebay for the most you are willing to bid, and using one of these other programs? Doesn't ebay keep increasing your bid until it reaches the amount you have entered?
    I have done that on ebay quite a few times . When I bid on something I would put my top dollar amount in and it would bid for me until it passed my top bid or I won

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    eBay has it's own last minute bidding program called "eBay Countdown" You can watch the bidding live the last few minutes, and enter your bid simutaneously. Of course, you have to know the exact time the auction ends and be near a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I use:
    http://esnipe.com/

    Some advantages:
    If you want to bid at the last minute, then you don't have to stay up until 3AM groggily poised over your machine watching the clock go down 8 seconds, 7 seconds, 6 seconds. etc. until the auction ends.

    By putting a proxy bid in on eBay during the listing, you're actually encouraging clueless bidders (and there are a lot of them) to keep bidding up your proxy. So it's entirely possible that you'll be paying more than you would have if you just kept silent and out of it, and came in at the last second or two.

    You possibly could still be outbid (and often will be) with a snipe by a higher snipe, or even someone's proxy that will go up when your snipe bid hits the system.

    But if you put in your HONEST highest-you're-willing-to-spend amount for the widget, then it's gonna end however it's gonna end.
    I agree with all of this. This is how I do it. The only thing I would add is never bid in even amounts. Alot of people do, but if you bid odd amounts like $43.68, you would be surprised on how many you can win by a few cents. If you're not using a sniping service then wait for the last few seconds to bid. By bidding early with a proxy all you are doing in driving up the price. Alot of newbies will nickle and dime you to death just to get barely over your proxy.

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    AuctionSniper is a popular sniping service.

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    It could be. But if there is something that I really want on Ebay I will wait until the last 30 seconds to put in a bid. If I am the current highest bidder in the last 30 seconds I will put in my top dollar that I am willing to pay.

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    I've had a lot of success with Auctionsniper and use it on almost everything I'm interested in winning. If I REALLY want it...I'll put in some ridiculously high amount just to make sure. I've found it to be safe...never had a problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I'll put in some ridiculously high amount just to make sure.
    Ah, a nuclear bid.
    This is a successful tactic.
    Sometimes.
    Unless another sniper also puts in a ridiculously high amount.
    Then.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    thermonuclear bidding!

    Been on both sides of that. All you can do is laugh. And pay up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrycottage
    I usually just put in my top bid and let it go. I DON"T trust my memory. I've been know to wait til the last few hours to bid, then forget about it and lose to someone with a bid lower that I was willing to pay.
    Agree...there will always be more to bid on later.

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    I have found that I need toput in my upper most bid for something and just wait to see if I got the item. I get caught up in bidding war and spend more than I would if not caught up in the competition of bidding if I did not make the highest bid and walk away. Do not be the first bidder when you put in your top bid. Take care.
    Linda

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