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Am new to sniping. On item 180622848693, I placed a snipe for $121 with a 15 second snipe. The current bid at the time was $108.50 and with a $2.50 minimum bid. It was sold for $120. Have high-speed DSL (6MB). Any thoughts?

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At 15 seconds before the end of item 180622848693, the current bid would have been $120, as the second-highest bidder bid $117.77 at 8 minutes and 18 seconds before the end. $120 was the original bid placed by the eventual winner of the auction; that user realized that their proxy bid had been exposed (because at $117.77, $120 was less than one minimum bid increment over the prior bid, and since the bid hadn’t jumped to $120.27 the high bidder’s price had to be $120), and they came back with a higher bid afterwards. I can with confidence tell you that the high bidder bid more than $120, but because nobody else bid at least one minimum bid increment over his exposed initial proxy bid, he got the item for $120.

While the item may have been at $108.50 up until Feb-10-11 13:12:56 PST, 8 minutes and 18 seconds before the end, at the point when the second highest bidder put in $117.77, it would have immediately been visible as $120.

Your bid, at $121, was less than one minimum bid increment over the current price ($120) at 15 seconds before the end, so eBay would have rejected the bid, whether it came from a browser or sniping software.

Feel free to let me know if it’s still not clear, and I wish you the best of luck with your auctions!

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!