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Mar 26, 2012
Avatar billybobber 3 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

The MOST IMPORTANT thing about jbidwatcher is that it is OPENSOURCE. As a programmer for the past 20 years, if I need software, I google "open source ". Thats how I found JBW. Since JBW IS OPENSOURCE, there are no security concerns at all. Open Source software makes it impossible for the developers to steal from you. If your me, you download the source, check it out, and build it and run it, knowing that it is safe. I will GLADLY sacrifice features and functions to be able to use opensource software. That is what makes JBW so great, besides the point that in the past couple of days using it, I’ve saved approx. $300. Not bad at all.

Anyway, I would never in a million years give out my ebay creds. A hacker like me could instantly buy helicopters, cars, anything and totally mess up all of your history on Ebay. Is that something you’re willing to have happen? If so, then go ahead and use a public auction software site, or another ebay program besides JBW. As far as I know, JBW is the ONLY OS Ebay software which is fully featured. Therefore, I will never use another.

Now, I’m looking into the scripting shell, which I noticed is Ruby based, which means it is very easy to program. So, if the shell works the way it’s designed and it is fully functional, then you can do AMAZING things with JBidwatcher and make it far more advanced than any other Ebay software available. That power lies in the power of Ruby and integration into JBW. I haven’t had enough time to explore it, but, since JBW has a ruby shell, I imagine it supports some level of scripting. Now, that my friends, is RAW PURE POWER!

Peace.

 
Mar 3, 2012
Avatar Philip 34 post(s)

Topic: 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
Avatar Philip 34 post(s)

Topic: 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 27, 2012
Avatar aande050 2 post(s)

Topic: How Close to Snipe

Will this program bid your maximum every time. Or will it bid just enough to beat the current bidder. Alice bid 32.00 John has his snipe set at a max of 50.00. Does the program fire off the 50.00 or will it fire off just enough to win?

 
Feb 27, 2012
Avatar aande050 2 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

Will this program work all the time? The comp does have to be running right? It can not be in sleep mode either correct?

 
Dec 10, 2011
Avatar zappram 271 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

glad that you think you don’t need to safeguard your eBay password.

As you said, you don’t worry about it as you will be “taken care of”.

 
Dec 9, 2011
Avatar Burrito 4 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

And again, I get where you’re coming from… but you don’t actually know how any given program treats your login info… it might send it to a server anyway… that’s the point I was making. You actually don’t really know how much control you have over the info you send with a program on your desktop.

 
Dec 9, 2011
Avatar zappram 271 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

The way I look at it is:

1. JBW holds the token/with eBay from my machine with connection on internet to snipe and do things I want it to do from my machine, which I have total physical control with.

where as

2. Gixen is controlled by others… and physically not controlled by you, so you have no control.

If you ever work and run servers and services for your customers you know how easy it is to access all those confidential information.

You can disagree, but it’s the same as trusting a big company will never harm your account when all it takes is a bad employee who will steal …. Restaurants do not steal your credit card info, it’s the people who work at the restaurant that will scan or keep your credit card info and sell it to crooks.

For Gixen, other will also be able to heck into their server and take whatever they want to have fun with.

Anyhow, you do it your way, I do it my way, as long as you are happy. Who cares?

Just won many things today with JBW while I was on the road so I am happy.

So many good deals when the economy is still down….

 
Dec 8, 2011
Avatar Burrito 4 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

Whilst I agree that it is not OK to let others have your ebay password (since there are some rules at ebay about purchasing items you bid on, or your account may be abused by others) I also see the point Sumflow makes… how big could the damage really be to you.

Not wanting to frighten people, but we do give our account info to JBidwatcher, we don’t know the programming, if the designer would have wished so, he could still have all our logins, no different from Gixen… again, I’m not at all saying that either admins / designers save passwords, just saying that thinking it’s safer because it’s on your PC is a bit naïve, it still connects to the internet.

 
Dec 6, 2011
Avatar zappram 271 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

so it’s okay for you to let others to have your ebay account login and password?

Maybe it’s okay for you, but not for me.

 
Dec 2, 2011
Avatar zappram 271 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

I hope you are not implying that it’s kind of okay to have only your eBay account password compromised?

 
Nov 23, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: want to start bid sniping, need some advice please.

I would tend to recommend somewhere between 10 seconds and 5 seconds. During an auction people will be manually bidding, then looking at the competition and raising their bids. As we get to the end of an auction a point will come when there is no longer enough time to look at the price and raise a bid. You want to put your bid in at the earliest possible time after that.

Ignore the other bids – make up your mind what the max price you are prepared to pay for that item is, and use JBidwatcher to put that in at the point where nobody can look at that figure and raise it. In my experience, someone who is working hard at manually refreshing the screen takes about 7-8 seconds to see themselves being outbid, go to a biding screen and type in a new bid. Most people are a lot slower than that…

 
Nov 22, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: Can JBidWatcher do more than 1 snipe at once?

May 2009, to be precise…..

 
Nov 22, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: Can JBidWatcher do more than 1 snipe at once?

“..It might take a computer a microsecond but my Roadrunner connection will take a lot longer than that…”

Umm…that’s not an issue. That’s allowed for in the timings. And you’re not really addressing the original question, which asked if JBidWatcher could send two snipes within a short time – say, two seconds. I believe (and Morgan can correct me if I’m wrong) that JBidWatcher can send out many snipes within 1 second. I don’t think that JBidWatcherneeds to ‘wait for confirmation’ before sending out another snipe. So people can safely bid on several items (within reason!) that are ending at the same time, and do not have to adjust their timings to allow for their multiple bids.

By the way, I was the one who pointed out that issue with a lower earlier bid – over a year ago now…..

 
Nov 16, 2011
Avatar SwiftX3 2 post(s)

Topic: want to start bid sniping, need some advice please.

also, I was reading that although you bid the max bid, you only pay the 2nd bid amount? I’m a bit confused about that, and maybe I just though I saw that and it wasn’t true.

 
Nov 16, 2011
Avatar SwiftX3 2 post(s)

Topic: want to start bid sniping, need some advice please.

Hey guys, recently, and by recently I mean just yesterday my graphics card died.

I’m currently trying to get a nice deal on ebay. how should I use JBidwatcher for this purpose?

I put the bid timer on the the last 2 seconds to snipe, I think. also I live in SanDiego, USA. would the default settings be ok to use? I have never done this before so any advice would be just awesome.

Thank you for your time.

 
Nov 11, 2011
Avatar Ivanovich 36 post(s)

Topic: Can JBidWatcher do more than 1 snipe at once?

I believe it takes about two seconds to place a bid (and receive confirmation and get ready for the next one) so unless you have your snipe-time set to close to the end it shouldn’t be a problem. Where you might run into problems is where a seller has placed dozens of auctions with the exact same end-time then you might have to adjust your snipe-time to get them all before time runs out.

Yours
Ivan

 
Nov 11, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: Can JBidWatcher do more than 1 snipe at once?

Yes.

It takes very little time to send off a bid. A machine-generated bid does not have to wait for a web page to come up. I suspect that Jbidwatcher can handle snipes that are microseconds apart….

 
Nov 9, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: How Close to Snipe

As opposed to waiting until just before the end of the war…? :)

 
Nov 9, 2011
Avatar zappram 271 post(s)

Topic: What next..

I am in California, so the internet connection is really not an issue. I do use different ISP from work and home, but the reason i run JBW at office is only because I forgot if I set the snipe or if the snipe $ amount is high enough. Beyond that, I’d really never had network issue that JBW cannot snipe. Over here, we get wireless speed of 16MPS and with cable at home, we can get to 150MPS, but I am only paying for 25MPS service, because it’s just a home connection and I don’t do downloading of files, etc.

Now I am thinking maybe I can setup to snipe from so many places, that maybe I will win too much? :D

 
Nov 9, 2011
Avatar zappram 271 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

I went to check out Gixen, but I am not about to let anyone else have my ebay password. For JBW, the password is on my computer, snipe from my computer, not from other people’s machine, which the admin can see all the passwords. Right?

 
Nov 9, 2011
Avatar KipNoxzema 5 post(s)

Topic: Placing bids with your computer off

Great tip. The settings are perfect at Gixen. I can either enjoy the show with JBW or do something else when afk, knowing Gixen is working hard for me.

 
Nov 8, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: How Close to Snipe

“…As long as you have the accepted maximum bid it does not matter when you place it, you win…”

That seems so obvious I would hesitate to state it!

But the point I was trying to make still stands. Sniping is NOT about trying to bid at the last possible second. It is about trying to bid at the EARLIEST possible moment when a return bid cannot be made. This is because your early bid will trump a later one of the same value, or a higher value, if the later one does not reach the new accepted maximum bit that you have set.

So it’s actually counter-productive to set your snipe to 2 or 3 seconds. It doesn’t win you any more, and in close bidding circumstances it might lose you the purchase, even if you have an equal or slightly higher bid….

 
Nov 8, 2011
Avatar Ken 13 post(s)

Topic: JBW kills Mac restart

When I restart my Mac and JBW is running, restart says something like “JBidwatcher killed the restart”, and the restart stops. I then must exit JBW and select restart again. Could you have JBW ask the user if the restart should proceed, and if the answer is yes, exit JBW automatically, and let the restart continue? Thanks.

 
Nov 8, 2011
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Topic: How Close to Snipe

“..Highest bid ALWAYS win no matter snipe 1 second or 100 seconds before the end of the auction… "

NO. Your bid has to be higher than the current price by a set margin. If it is just a small bit higher it will be rejected. See the example above.

That shows an instance where the higher bidder would lose, and where, if he had made the exact same bid four seconds earlier, he would have won.

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