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Old 06-27-10, 11:54 PM
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YAET: Best sniping tool?

So after getting sniped multiple times this weekend I've decided to look for a sniping service tool myself. However, a search in google yields a ton of results - so I was hoping to save a couple of hours of research and just use whatever is the most popular. I understand that the days of the free sniping services are over. So what do you use?
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I just had a flashback to 2004!
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

When I used to eBay I would just do it myself. Keep two browsers open -- one with the current auction page the other with the "confirm bid" page - then when it gets down to the final 5 seconds I place it. I never heard of using sniping tools.

Although, in retrospect, if you're not home then it's really convenient. I like that.

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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I use vrane, which will let you have one free snipe request in at a time (or at least it was that way last time I made a bid--maybe a few months ago). I wouldn't bother to bid in person unless you still get a thrill out of ebay.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I always liked the AWP, although the scout gave you more mobility.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I checked out vrane, but I'm looking for something more user friendly.

I googled AWP sniper coz I didnt realize you were making a joke

And I don't get the flashback to 2004 comment??
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I use www.esnipe.com for all of my ebay purchases.

The fee is 1% of the winning bid, no fee if you don't win (bid too low). 25 cent fee minimum, $10 fee maximum. The way you pay is that you buy "bid points" for 1 cent each (e.g. 500 for $5), then they deduct you fee from your bidpoints. When you run out just buy more bidpoints.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

http://www.jbidwatcher.com/
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

myibay.com its free.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I bought a shareware one back 10-15 years ago when I was big into ebay. Haven't used it in 5 years or so, wonder if my license is still good.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

obligatory otter response:

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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

I buy around 20 items per week on eBay.

Gixen.Com is the one I use. It's $6 per year. But that's nothing, in comparison to how much time I used to mess around looking at auctions. Now I just type in my bid and leave it.

One could also argue that eBay's 'proxy' bidding system is better than a sniper. But I think that I get better deals with Gixen.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

There are a bunch of sniping tools that play Call of Duty.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

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There are a bunch of sniping tools that play Call of Duty.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

Originally Posted by WallyOPD View Post
I always liked the AWP, although the scout gave you more mobility.


Nice.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

Why don't people bid on what they want to pay for the item? not just a "low" amount to just beat out the guy in front of you. If you want X item and are willing to pay 35.. just bid 35 and let someone try to outbid you... and if they do.. oh well!
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

Originally Posted by adrenaline78 View Post
Why don't people bid on what they want to pay for the item?...
I do, through a sniping program. What the sniping program does is that it stops other people from reacting to my bid.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

How does it stop people from reacting to your bid? Is it sorta like a secret bid?
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I buy around 20 items per week on eBay.

Gixen.Com is the one I use. It's $6 per year. But that's nothing, in comparison to how much time I used to mess around looking at auctions. Now I just type in my bid and leave it.

One could also argue that eBay's 'proxy' bidding system is better than a sniper. But I think that I get better deals with Gixen.
I use the free version of Gixen, and it works just fine. I've won many auctions with it. Auctionstealer.com lets you snipe 3 free auctions a week.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

Originally Posted by adrenaline78 View Post
Why don't people bid on what they want to pay for the item? not just a "low" amount to just beat out the guy in front of you. If you want X item and are willing to pay 35.. just bid 35 and let someone try to outbid you... and if they do.. oh well!
If you're willing to buy something for $20 but a store has it on sale for $10, do you insist on giving the store $20?
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

Good luck finding what you're looking for. I love a good old fashioned snipe hunt.
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Originally Posted by WallyOPD View Post
If you're willing to buy something for $20 but a store has it on sale for $10, do you insist on giving the store $20?
It's your Maximum bid.. Of course I want to pay as little as possible for anything. But if its something I want and I am willing to pay x amount. Then that is what you bid and let the other people drive up the price.. If it goes over your max bid oh well. But if you bid at $20 and the price never goes above $10 your not going to pay $20.
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Originally Posted by adrenaline78 View Post
It's your Maximum bid.. Of course I want to pay as little as possible for anything. But if its something I want and I am willing to pay x amount. Then that is what you bid and let the other people drive up the price.. If it goes over your max bid oh well. But if you bid at $20 and the price never goes above $10 your not going to pay $20.
You don't understand eBay...

Lets say someone bid $5 for something. You are willing to pay up to $20. If you put in $20, the auction would show (roughly) $6 now. Someone else can come along and bid, $7, then your bid goes to $8, he can bid $9, now yours goes to $10, etc...until he out bids you at $21. If you wait until the last second, no one has a chance to keep "checking" the bid price to out bid you.
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Re: YAET: Best sniping tool?

Originally Posted by adrenaline78 View Post
How does it stop people from reacting to your bid? Is it sorta like a secret bid?
It's an issue of time. The snipe bid is placed about five or six seconds before the end of the auction.

Another reason to use a snipe program is that you can go back and cancel the bid before the auction ends. As an example, say you see an item on eBay and you bid $20 on it. You can't cancel that bid. Now, say you see the item and you tell your snipe program to bid $20 on the item a few seconds before the end of the auction. If you change your mind before the auction ends, you can easily cancel the bid because the bid hasn't actually been placed with eBay.

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