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Mar 11, 2014
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBidwatcher 2.5.5

I have the same problem with 2.5.5 being very slow. Sometimes keyboard entry and mouse clicks take several seconds to show (on a Windows 7 PC where no other application has this problems).

I’ve looked in Task Manager, and CPU, memory usage and networking do not show any abnormal behaviour when JBidWatcher is crawling.

 
Dec 18, 2013
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Keeping history of interests?

Although you can sort of use JBidWatcher to keep a history of your eBay auctions, that is not what it is intended for (it is a sniping programme) and it doesn’t do it very well. There’s certainly no documentation on doing this.

 
Dec 18, 2013
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Auction highlight color

It’s in the FAQ – see http://www.jbidwatcher.com/help/faq#ans28

 
Aug 13, 2013
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Comment Topic: Announcements / [PreRelease] JBidwatcher 2.5.3pre4

I’m running 2.5.3pre3-2-g03a9bc3, which seems to be the most stable, and I bid through ebay.co.uk.

I have also noticed that for the past few days the shipping amount is not detected, so I can only assume that eBay have made more changes at their end.

I just right-click on the item, and use the “Set Shipping” option to set it manually. I don’t bid on that many auctions, so it’s an inconvenience rather than a show stopper.

 
Mar 23, 2013
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Is anyone ever going to fix this software?

Sorry to hear that you lost the auction, but the problem is with eBay, not with JBidWatcher. eBay keeps changing the layout of its pages, and it will not allow sniping programs to use an API.

As for “the developers”, it’s one guy, who has a young family to support, so constantly updating a (free) program to keep up with eBay’s constant changes may not be his highest priority.

 
Mar 11, 2013
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Comment Topic: Announcements / [PreRelease] JBidwatcher 2.5.3pre4

I’m getting this as well. Auction 251241428555 is in €, but my “Current”, “Shipping” and “Total” columns display £ (although my “Snipe Bid” column shows €. (Update: having changed my snipe amount on this item, it shows as £ in all columns, including “Snipe Bid”).

Another example – 121076801240 shows as £ in all columns, even though the auction is in $.

Also, around half of my Sellers show as “Q&A” – no obvious difference that I can see between the auctions that show this and those that show the correct name.

 
Feb 5, 2013
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / "This application requires a Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0"

I still get this error message from time to time with Java updates.

The solution (for me) is to uninstall all versions of Java, especially out-of-date ones. Then re-install the latest version of Java (and possibly JBidWatcher) and the error goes away.

 
Oct 3, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / fix for (FP) problem

Many thanks for all your hard work. For me, I’m afraid that it’s more effort than I’m currently prepared to put in just so that I can snipe some auctions for things that I don’t really need, but hopefully it will help Morgan to release a new executable in the near future.

 
Aug 25, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / How can I place all the things i've sniped into one tab?

I believe that Morgan’s view is that JBidWatcher is designed as a sniping program, but it is not designed to act as an archive of your eBay activity (even though you can sort of use it for that).

 
Aug 15, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / "This application requires a Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0"

I’ve just updated Java to jre-7u6-windows-x64.exe, and now when I try to start JBidWatcher it fails with a launch error “This application requires a Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0”.

Running Windows 7 Ultimate, and JBidWatcher 2.5.2.

Any ideas?

 
Jul 3, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / How to re-add deleted auctions?

Have you tried File > Clear Deleted Tracking?

 
Apr 15, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: Sniping our own selling (To cancel the listing in the last minute of the pre-final day before it becomes impossible to do so)

It is people like you who give eBay a bad name.

eBay provides at least two mechanisms (the starting amount, and a Reserve) to ensure that sellers do not sell for less than they wish to.

If I had my way, people who end their auctions early because they are not happy with the current price or level of bidding would be banned from eBay.

 
Mar 30, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / How does the snipe max work?

It would bid $10 – eBay then takes care of the bidding. JBidWatcher just mimics you placing a bid of $10 a few seconds before the end of the auction.

However,, based on your question I suspect that you don’t really understand how bidding on eBay works. I think you may find it helpful to read some of the eBay Help pages before you try to use a sniping programme like JBidWatcher.

 
Mar 3, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

Yes, the computer needs to be switched on (and connected to the internet) for JBidWatcher to work.

 
Mar 3, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / How Close to Snipe

It will bid (using your example) 50.00. eBay will then take care of the bidding. I think you may need to read up on how eBay works before you even think of using sniping tools like JBidWatcher.

 
Feb 16, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Problems with latest Java release?

OK – I tried a few things. Re-installed 2.1.6 – no joy. Re-installed jre-7u2-windows-x64.exe – no joy. Uninstalled jre-7u3-windows-x64.exe – jBidWatcher started OK (and logged me on to eBay).

Looks reasonably conclusive to me that there’s a compatibility issue with jre-7u3-windows-x64.exe.

 
Feb 16, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Problems with latest Java release?

I have just installed the latest version of Java (jre-7u3-windows-x64.exe) on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit laptop.

JBidWatcher started acting funny (wouldn’t let me create a valid Multisnipe) and then refused to shut down. Had to reboot my laptop and force shutdown.

Now JBidWatcher won’t even start. No error -just nothing happens. I’ve tried both 2.2pre1 (which had been working fine for me before I installed the Java update) and 2.2pre2. Even tried 2.1.6. Also tried running as Administrator but that made no difference either.

Might just be coincidence, but anybody else having this issue?

 
May 22, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Unable to exit

Not ideal, but you could always use CTRL+ALT+DEL, then choose Start Task Manager from the menu. Go to the Applications tab, click on JBidwatcher in the list, and then click the End Task button.

 
May 20, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Lots of "JBidWatcher Saved Auctions" files ...

Well, here we are over 3 years later, and I’m running 2.1.5 under Windows 7 (64 bit) and I STILL have this issue (except that the files have grown bigger – they are now over 3Mb each).

Every 10 minute JBidWatcher creates a file called “JBidWatcher Saved Auctions-_.txt” in the directory that I have nominated as my “Save File Path” in Preferences. I have even tried creating a brand new directory and they just get created in there instead.

Latest experiment: I have deleted my entry in the Preferences dialogue box. It has automatically entered C:\Users\Philip\.jbidwatcher\ for me, so I shall wait to see if there is a magical process that keeps the files in that directory under control.

In the meantime, if anybody else has a cure (or even an explanation), I’d love to know!

 
Apr 27, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Need to snipe at national ebay site

@zappram

What makes you think that a seller in the USA was involved??? At no point did I suggest this. This was a purchase from a UK-based seller by a UK-based buyer, conducted in UK currency, and so had no need to go anywhere near eBay.com.

Also, you need to realise that policies for return of items which are SNAD are very different between eBay and PayPal. If I had raised a PayPal dispute (rather than an eBay dispute), it would have had financial implications for me. You really do need to understand the differences between the 2 types of dispute before you offer misleading advice.

 
Apr 25, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Need to snipe at national ebay site

Hi Morgan

I have the same problem, but I am in the UK and assumed that I therefore used ebay.co.uk for all my bidding.

I just went to open a dispute and got a message saying that I had bought the item through the US site (and so cannot open a dispute on .co.uk). Is this the expected behaviour for a UK-based bidder?

 
Feb 28, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Automatic setup

What Operating System are you using – Windows? Linux? Mac?

 
Feb 12, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 'Unknown error' is wrong message for low bid?

“if it occurs long enough before the end to give you time to adjust your snipe.”

Doesn’t that go against the whole ethos of sniping, which is to bid once, bid late and bid your maximum? If you are willing to adjust your snipe because it’s less than one bid increment above the current auction price, then you have not placed your maximum amount as your bid!

Also – if you are watching auctions in the last 30 seconds, why bother using a sniping programme? You could just bid manually …

 
Feb 12, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Did my bid go through??

Yes, your bid should show if it was placed by JBidWatcher and accepted by eBay.

In this case, the item went for $636, so I am assuming that your bid was for $436 or less. However, a bid for $501.99 was placed by user e**n about 1 hour and 40 minutes before the auction ended. There was then a bid for $506 by user i**7 placed 4 minutes and 5 seconds before the auction ended. At this point the high bid on the auction would have been showing as $506.

Assuming that your snipe was placed closer to the end of the auction than this (and most people snipe at somewhere around 10 seconds, not 4 minutes), then eBay would not have accepted your bid from JBidWatcher (as it was below the current price of the auction) and it would not therefore show on the bid list for this auction.

This is no different to the situation if you had tried to place a manual bid for $436 when the auction was already at $506.

 
Jan 13, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / feature request: conditional bid

Dawid

What you want is already available in JBidWatcher. See the help on “Multisnipe”.

What reverseeng is asking for is the opposite of this – he only wants to bid on the second item if he he has already won the first one.

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