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Aug 4, 2009
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: What does (FP) mean??

Greetings,
This should be mostly resolved by the 2.1pre3-998 version.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

 
Jul 30, 2009
Avatar justme 1 post

Topic: What does (FP) mean??

version 2.0.1-825

Even though you cannot right click mouse to snipe
You are still able to go to Auction menu and snipe

Hope this helps.

 
Mar 6, 2009
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Showing as FP when it's not

Greetings,
What version of JBidwatcher? (Help | About will show a version number.)

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
Oct 19, 2008
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: What does (FP) mean??

Greetings,
Yes, that’s one of the outstanding bugs. It’s as if every so often eBay changes something on the page, and it sees it as a fixed-price listing.

I haven’t figured out what it is. It sometimes goes away when you close and restart (after the items are updated from eBay), which indicates that it’s a parsing problem with something they’re putting on the pages. I just can’t see what it is… :(

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
Oct 19, 2008
Avatar ah 2 post(s)

Topic: What does (FP) mean??

Same question – I see “FP” on lots of auctions which aren’t actually Buy-it-Now auctions at all. To prove that point to myself I went on eBay and made a regular bid which it accepted with no problems. But the “Snipe” button is grayed-out on my options menu (using 2.0beta8 for Mac).

Sometimes a few shut-downs and restarts clears it away. Just mentioning it to see if anyone else has this problem on occasion.

 
Oct 19, 2008
Avatar WestOz 12 post(s)

Topic: What does (FP) mean??

FP means Fixed Price ie. Buy it Now. So you can’t BID or SNIPE, you have to use the BUY option.

 
Aug 26, 2008
Avatar Hoddy 108 post(s)

Topic: Red?

When the items are in Red it means you are not the higest bidder and the item has at least one bid (the items are in black if there are no bids or it’s a Buy it Now). Items turn blue when you are the higest bidder as long as it’s not a Private auction in which case JBidwatcher can’t determine who is winning (so it will be in red). Hope that answers your question.

Regards
Hoddy

 
Dec 16, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Sniping error but still bid?

Greetings,
Yeah, that’s because JBidwatcher is having some trouble recognizing the post-bid page. (eBay changed the wording…)

I’m glad it worked out, though!

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
Oct 19, 2007
Avatar krs99 99 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

apikoros – I actually had to look up Webster’s because “lose” with one “o” just doesn’t look right.
And the pronunciation doesn’t match either……goose is spelled with two “oo” s, why not “lose” as in “not win”?

But of course you’re right, so I changed my post, even though “lose” now doesn’t look right to me….but it is right according to Webster’s .

 
Oct 18, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

Greetings,

Heh; it is a surprisingly common mistyping. That noted though, lots of JBidwatcher users didn’t start with English. (It’s surprisingly popular outside the US, despite my sad lack of localization so far.) I generally give a lot of slack to everybody, because of this.

The meat of what he’s saying, though, is exactly right.

Trying to get a 1 second snipe is generally only for bragging purposes, not for day-to-day sniping. I’ve done it, but I only tried from a very fast corporate network, in the middle of the night. :) Home internet access has too much variability to be confident that it’ll all go off perfectly. Giving yourself a little buffer is always good.

That wasn’t the case in this case, however. It set up the snipe at 2 minutes before the end, and at that point it was already too low a snipe amount versus the current price.

I address the snipe timing issue somewhat here:
http://www.jbidwatcher.com/help/faq.shtml#ans40

Good luck with your auctions!

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
Oct 18, 2007
Avatar apikoros 4 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

I’m sorry, I can’t help myself: the opposite of “wins” is “loses.” “Looses” is the opposite of “ties together.”

 
Oct 16, 2007
Avatar krs99 99 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

Hoddy,

I don’t really understand the logic of what you are trying to do.
All you are measuring is the time for your browser to render the page plus your own delay time to hit the refresh button again. I get two seconds when I try that.
But that time has nothing to do with sniping; if the ebay time relative to your computer time is off by ten seconds, you would never notice that with your test.

I just set my snipe time at 8 seconds. That allows enough tolerance to account for network delays, I have never missed a snipe because of the time. And it’s highly unlikely another bidder will have time to react to your “snipe” bid.
That’s all you need to worry about – how long would it take another bidder to react to your bid and place a bid higher than yours. Even if the other bidder has multiple windows open it’s going to be hard.
The other bidder would have to refresh at exactly the right time, ie just after your snipe bid went in, then wait for the browser to render the new page so that he sees the “outbid message”, that in your case seems to take 4 seconds and then the other bidder would basically have the new bid amount already typed in so that all he has to do is the bid button.

Setting the snipe time anywhere near 1 or 2 seconds will just increase your chances of missing a snipe completely.

I think the misconception is that you need to have a shorter snipe time than another sniper.
Not true.
Let’s say you snipe a 8 seconds for $100 – if the other sniper sets his snipe time at 4 seconds and if his amount is set at $90, he loses and you win. If his snipe amount is set at $101, you lose.

Now, take exactly the same scenario but with your snipe time at 2 seconds
If the other bidder snipes at 4 seconds with $90 he still loses and if his amount is $101 he still wins.
Same end result.

 
Oct 12, 2007
Avatar Hoddy 108 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

Hi, The way I work it out is to open an eBay auction page (an auction that’s near it’s end) and note the time to the end of the auction in minutes and seconds (point A) click refresh and note the time again (point B) and then immediately click refresh again and note the time again (point C) – the difference in time should be seconds. Simply take the difference in time between point B and C (seconds) and add 2 seconds for traffic. ie On my PC the difference in time is 4 seconds and so I set my interval 6 secs.

Hoddy

 
Oct 10, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

Greetings,

That said, I very strongly discourage 1 second snipes unless you’re comfortable with the possibility of losing the auction due to network traffic fluctuations, which are out of JBidwatcher’s control.

JBidwatcher will do its best, but the network (yours, your ISPs, eBays, and anybody in between) is not always responsive enough.

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
Oct 10, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Error???

Greetings,

The context menu is the right-click menu.

If you’re on a Mac, it’s Control-Click.

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
Oct 10, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Too slow???

Greetings,

No, it reads ‘too low’. The amount being bid was too low to be accepted by eBay’s servers.

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
May 1, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Not logging in when I check adult registered

Greetings,

Hrm. I’m not sure, off the top of my head.

If you turn on debugging and logging, save and restart, and try to set adult registered, and see what shows up in the log files, that might help.

I’ll dig into it a bit in the morning, I’m fried for tonight. (Sleepy…)

— Morgan Schweers, Cyber*FOX*!

 
May 1, 2007
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Not logging in when I check adult registered

Greetings,

Interesting… I’d say try checking the adult checkbox, saving the config, then closing and restarting JBidwatcher, just in case something got cached that shouldn’t have been.

If that doesn’t work, I can try tossing some debugging code at you to see what’s going on.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!