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Oct 31, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

Taking one shot, making one bid, embodies the basic sniper tactic and philosophy, of efficiency and stealth. Successful snipers take their time in analyzing and sniping individual items in a methodical fashion with a relatively low risk of putting the price up on themselves. You should know the value of the item, and bid a bit more one time. It is an established sniper technique to use two teams approaching simultaneously from different directions.

 
Mar 18, 2012
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Comment Topic: eBay Chat / Mac version of ebay lister

If Zappram likes it, it must be easy to use :)

 
Mar 18, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / my bid was the highest and still lost the auction

The first highest bid wins. A winners maximum bid must exceed the current auction price by a full increment, but it only needs to beat the first losers highest bid by one cent to win.

As far as a time advantage goes, as long as you have the maximum accepted bid, it does not matter when you place it. But when two bids are the same price, or the later bids fail to exceed the first bid by a full increment, the first bid wins, and the second is not accepted.

eBay:> http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/bid-increments.html?fb=true

 
Mar 18, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / How Close to Snipe

I just won a bid where the two first losers tied for second place at $99.00. Can you believe they would not bid an even hundred?

Many items will have buyer resistance thresholds. Prices above which others are reluctant to go. Typical “ain’t gonna go there” thresholds are $20, $50, and $100.00. So, a bid of $103.27 is much more likely to win than one of $98.24. But these bidders must have been nuts to think that they could get what they knew was at least a hundred dollar item for $99.00. Since tie bids are possible and the earliest bidder wins, it usually pays to also bid odd penny amounts on any auction.

It is the first highest bid that wins, but don’t get caught below a round number level. A winners maximum bid must exceed the current auction price by a full increment, but it only needs to beat the first losers highest bid by one cent to win.

Cupid:> This is why I recommend people schedule their snipes only early enough to prevent anyone else reacting to them and not as late as possible.

If you know what an item is worth that is probably what the first loser will bid. So it does not make any difference in what you will pay if you tack a little more on for future inflation. You will only pay one increment above what the first loser thinks it is worth, but you need to bid first to win ties!

 
Mar 18, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

If you are not going to have your computer on you can place your bids online using GIxen.

 
Dec 9, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

You can’t go through all of your life with your head stuck in the sand. Look through the consequences. So what if somebody buys everything on eBay by abusing your account? You are not going to have to pay for anything. eBay has procedures in place to let the next highest bidder win. They will apologize to you, and you just change your password and move on. It was eBay’s lack of biometric and behaviometric security that was responsible for the breach in the first place.

 
Dec 6, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

Why?

 
Dec 5, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

Your eBay password does not have access to any funds. So, why would anyone go to the trouble to get your eBay password if they are not going to get anything out of it. There needs to be some reward, in the case of your eBay password there is none.

 
Dec 2, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Placing bids with your computer off

It is no different than Mint.com for bank accounts, or Wikinvest.com for investments, as far as logging on goes to a secure site through an interface.

As long as you have a separate password word for Paypal, your eBay password does not have access to any funds. And, you can change your password at any time.

 
Nov 28, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / registration e-mail change

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Nov 24, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Can JBidWatcher do more than 1 snipe at once?

I probably learned it from you, it has not happened to me. It is just that it seems like a lot of uninformed bidders are trying to make the last accepted bid, which is not what sniping people, or bids is about.

 
Nov 16, 2011
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Comment Topic: General Sniping Discussion / want to start bid sniping, need some advice please.

As long as you have the maximum accepted bid, it does not matter when you place your bid. To win your bid has to be higher than the current auction price by a full increment, and it must beat the first losers highest bid by one cent, and it must be first.

2 seconds is to close if you really want it. The eBay site explains automatic bidding as we do here in some other posts. Your Jbidwatcher will bid your maximum amount, when you tell it to. eBay will place your bid the minimum increment amount above the current bid. If anyone else is higher, they will move your bid just above that until the first loser hits the maximum. The winner will win just above that price, or at that price in case of a tie if they are first. You can find more details about winning in these pages.

eBay always uses a proxy bidding system, in which you specify your maximum bid amount and eBay will continue to bid on your behalf to keep you the high bidder until the bidding reaches your maximum amount. If you are to close to the end you might not have time to have your bid accepted by eBay. You are sniping just so that no one has time to react to your bid, after they see it. You are not trying to be the last bidder, in a tie the last bidder loses. Read my other posts on what amount to bid. Dodgy Geezer is right the sweet spot is between 5 and 10 seconds. You can easily fine tune after a few shots.

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-snipe-a-winning-bid?ugid=10000000108631811

 
Nov 14, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Slow scrolling

Is that 6GB of RAM (system memory)?

 
Nov 13, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Slow scrolling

What does your memory look like?

 
Nov 12, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Upload snipes to Gixen

In Preferences > My Jbidwatcher > My Jbidwatcher settings it has a box for Upload snipes to Gixen. How can we get this to work?

In Preferences > My Jbidwatcher > My Jbidwatcher settings it has a box for Use My Jbidwatcher as a fallback parser. What is a parser, and what does that have to do with bidding?

Is there a way to upload eBay watch lists automatically, and once it is brought up can we delete it from eBay’s watchlist and still have it show in Jbidwatcher?

 
Nov 12, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Can JBidWatcher do more than 1 snipe at once?

“It takes very little time to send off a bid…. I suspect that Jbidwatcher can handle snipes that are microseconds apart….”

It might take a computer a microsecond but my Roadrunner connection will take a lot longer than that. If we have our snipe-time set to close to the end, we will miss it. Not only that, but we can be beaten by lower bids that get there first.

You can have a higher price and still lose, unless you get there first.

 
Nov 11, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / First bid advantage

A winning bidders maximum bid must exceed the current auction price by a full increment, but it only needs to beat the first losers highest bid by one cent to win.

As far as a time advantage goes, as long as you have the maximum accepted bid, it does not matter when you place it. But when two bids are the same price, or the later bids fail to exceed the first bid by a full increment, the first bid wins.

eBay:> http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/bid-increments.html?fb=true

 
Nov 11, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / JBW kills Mac restart

You have to turn JBW off. It is reminding you that if you did not make other arrangements your bid will not be sent to eBay, with your computer off. Go ahead and turn it off and do your restart, this is normal. Microsoft Word stops my restarts. It is no big deal. See: How to bid with your machine off.

 
Nov 10, 2011
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Comment Topic: eBay Chat / What next..

This may be of help?

Cupid says :> If both servers try to place bids at the same time, sometimes eBay accepts both bids, and this is an indication to others that you are using an automated tool, some don’t like that to be evident. <

If they both get to ebay at the same time eBay might take them both, and show them both.

Cupid says :> When the offsets are different usually the second is blocked by eBay because eBay do not allow two bids of the same amount from the same account at different times.<

If you delay one snipe then if the first one fails, the second might get through. If the first one makes it eBay will block the second.

Electrical blackouts have covered twelve states at a time. Any network, any area of the country can go down. A bid coming from outside of the effected area is sure to have priority.

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-snipe-a-winning-bid?ugid=10000000108631811

 
Nov 8, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / How Close to Snipe

That is true for real snipping to. I would imagine that you would want the first clear shot.

 
Nov 8, 2011
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Comment Topic: Birdwatching / Daylight savings time

Why do you let them change your time around like that?

 
Nov 8, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / How Close to Snipe

We need a little refinement here:

1. As long as you have the accepted maximum bid it does not matter when you place it, you win.

2. If two bids are the same price, the first one placed wins.

 
Nov 8, 2011
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Comment Topic: eBay Chat / What next..

You know that is really good Zappram, it is an established sniper technique to use two teams approaching simultaneously from different directions. By using two servers, with two databases in different places, it reduces your chances of missing your bid because of network glitches, or computer malfunctions. Is there anywhere that both locations share a network, or ISP?

Because wherever they cross, if that point went out, both bids might be delayed. You can improve on that system if you can have one of those servers come from far away, so that a local network glitch cannot delay your bid.

 
Nov 5, 2011
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Comment Topic: eBay Chat / What next..

I am on a Mac. I have not seen a better eBay manager. I found Jbidwatcher on the Apple site.

What it is missing, is a way to place simultaneous bids from different locations, when we are off line.

 
Nov 3, 2011
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Comment Topic: General Sniping Discussion / Is there a better bidding program

zappram>I never snipe at high price.<

If you had bid twenty five dollars higher on all of those wins, you still would still have paid the same price.

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