Comments: ESnipe Snaps Up Nothing

Why use such a service at all? The basic eBay algorithm will automatically bid against any bot up to the maximum price you set. Just set the max you'd pay for the item and forget about it; you'll pay the minimum bid increment above the next bidder. If they're using eSnipe, it'll outbid them dynamically.

Posted by Kevin Marks at September 16, 2007 11:46 PM

Well, I use a nice free java program called jbidwatcher for my sniping. You do have to be one of those people who keeps their computer on to use a program on your own machine, of course, but free is a good price.

However, while I have never run into these bidding limits, it is true that any sniping system will have trouble with special prompts on a bid.

However, sniping is indeed the correct way to bid. It is opposed by people who don't understand that eBay is really a sealed bid, 2nd price auction. eBay disguises these auctions by letting unwise bidders disclose their bidding intentions before the close of the sealed auction, and in fact turning it into a game that resembles a traditional auction house auction, but it is not an auction house style auction. eBay may do this because sometimes people get irrational in those auctions and bid higher than they otherwise would.

However, as far as I know, in spite of many calls from those who don't understand that eBay is a sealed bid 2nd price auction to do something about sniping, eBay has never done anything about it, so I have to conclude they like it. If they wanted to stop it there are many simple things they could do to stop sniping. They might not like eSnipe's high fees perhaps but if they are going after sniping tools it's a first.

In truth, you need to use sniping tools even if you like eBay's illusion of an auction house because only they allow useful things like bidding on several identical items but only wanting to take the first one you win, etc.

Posted by Brad Templeton at September 17, 2007 12:14 AM

Kevin Marks you are a moron. You just don't get it! By bidding the most you are willing to pay with only 1 or 2 seconds left, it prevents other bidders from counter bidding against you and therefore driving the price up. I don't know how else to explain it. But, from your comment, you obviously DON'T get it! Esnipe is the tits! Everyone without Esnipe is spending WAY more than they have to, and also making me spend more money than I have too sometimes when I snipe them after their stupid little bidding wars with other morons. Anyone who bids with more than 2 seconds left in the auction is a straight up SUCKER!

Posted by 2secondsniper at September 25, 2007 12:08 AM

I just ran into the identical bidding problem with esnipe. This is a new account created yesterday and I did this to bid on two opteron servers that were going for under a $1K. First, since I had run into this same problem before, I bid on a small $5 item to make sure that My ebay account worked. No problem. I set up esnipe to bid $680 on one of the servers. The auction came and went...looked at the esnipe response..."ebay bidding limit" in purple...OK feces!!...there is another one...lets bid through ebay to see if it accepts my bids...bid $580 through ebay ---no problem....set up esnipe to bid up to $800 ...same error message from esnipe.... conclusion...ebay is penalizing new accounts that go through esnipe...SORRY ESNIPE, I CAN NEVER USE YOU AGAIN...then dear dumbshit Amy @ esnipe tells me it's my fault for not registering correctly.
Anybody know where I can get some good sniping software??? Please someone tell CEO Tom Campbell that his esnipe empire is about to collapse.

Posted by Jason Nimak at October 1, 2007 05:25 PM

I signed up with esnipe today for the first time and not even an hour later I got an email from eBay stating
"It appears your account was accessed by an unauthorized third party and used to send unsolicited emails to other community members, including email offers to sell items outside of eBay. It does not appear that your account was used to list or bid on any items. Additionally, the email address on your account may have been tampered with, which is why you may not have received any emails about this activity."
It also said I need to change my password. When I went to eBay to sign in, my account info was not valid and I was not able to change it. I had to go to their Live Help site and chat with an ebay rep to be able to change it.
The rep said they would note that I used esnipe but that was not the only reason my account was flagged but she could not disclose why.
I have decided not to update my password on esnipe and will not use them. Do they send emails out with users email adresses?
I have used other snipe sites with no problems like this.

Posted by Beth Daniels at October 2, 2007 12:58 AM