1. Q: What is eBay?
eBay is the world's online place to sell and buy almost anything.
Most items on eBay are listed as online auctions.
After a simple registration on eBay you can start selling and buying right away.
2. Q: What is eBay sniper?
An eBay sniper is a program that helps you to win auctions at the lowest bid possible.
This is achieved by placing your bid in the last few seconds before the auction ends utilizing eBay's proxy bidding system.
3. Q: What is an auction number?
An auction number (also known as "item number" or "auction id") is the unique number of an auction. It's usually located on the top right side of the "Description" tab for an auction.
4. Q: Is sniping legal?
Yes, sniping is completely legal and permitted by eBay.
That being said, there are people who are against snipers/sniping and others who don't mind it. But this is only a matter of person opinion.
5. Q: What kinds of snipers exist?
There are generally two kinds of snipers:
- Software-based snipers
- Server-based snipers
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Software-based snipers are programs which are installed on your computer and require to have stable internet connection. The biggest disadvantage of this method is that your computer has to be working and online when auction is about to finish (if you have several auctions per day then your computer has to be working all the time).
There is a myth that these kinds of programs can store your password more securely, but online-servers are usually more protected from hackers then most people's home computers.
Server-based (online) snipers are programs which are installed on a remote server. These servers are usually online 24/7 and have stable high-speed internet connections.
The advantage of this method is that you can access your snipes from anywhere you can get internet (your friend's house, internet cafe etc).
In other words, if you can access eBay, you can also access web-based sniper.Myibidder.com
is a server-based sniper.
6. Q: Why snipe?
There are many reasons to snipe. Here is a list of just a few of them:
- Rationality: Your bid is what you want it to be. You won't get caught up in emotional bidding wars. And also less non-paying bidders for sellers after all.
- Privacy: Your bid is not visible until the end of the auction, so other people can't follow you on your active auctions.
- Time: You save your time by not watching auctions: you place your bid on the sniper and forget about it. This will give you more time to spend on yourself, or with your family, your job, or finding other items on eBay, or whatever you want to do. No need to wake up in the middle of the night to place your last minute bids.
- Legality: You will avoid bid shilling, maximum bid probing, spying and many of other unwanted activities from other bidders and sellers.
- Stability: You can always cancel your bid anytime while the auction is running.
7. Q: What is a "bidding war"?
A "bidding war" is that unwelcomed situation when you end up paying more for an auction then it's really worth.
Imagine the following: you place a bid on some item, there are few minutes left for the auction to go. Someone then places another bid which is just a little bit higher then yours, so you think "another 25 cents won't hurt" and place another bid. The other bidder will put something higher, so your bid is not the highest again and you place yet another bid with "just few cents more".
Once all the dust has settled, you might end up paying $5-$10-$50 more then you expected or even wanted.
If you use a bid sniper, you will not get involved in these bidding wars. You place your maximum bid and you will never
pay more than your bid.
You will usually pay the lowest price just enough to outbid the previous bidder by one increment only.
8. Q: What is a "proxy bidding"?
"Proxy Bidding" is a system which is used by eBay to place your bid.
Here is how it works:
- You place your maximum bid (manually or using sniper, it does not matter)
- If nobody else placed another bid then you get your item at starting price.
- If somebody else placed another bid which is lower then yours then you get your item at lower bid plus increment, but the total will not be higher then your bid.
This system allows you to get the item for the minimum price possible
, while you are setting your maximum price
using a sniper just to have a limit on your automatic bid.
9. Q: Will sniping guarantee winning?
Sniping does not guarantee winning.
The sniper just tries to place your bid on last seconds. You have to meet seller's and eBay's requirements in order for your bid to be accepted. Also, you are not protected from possible network outages, downtimes, eBay's changes and other things.
10. Q: Is sniping for everyone?
Sniping is a process of getting a great deal on eBay in exchange for a higher risk of losing the item completely.
If you have something really important you must win, you better bid manually
really high and as early as possible. Yes, you will pay more, but you will get the item you must have.
If you prefer to get some really sweet deals and accept higher risk to lose it, then welcome to the sniping world!