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Apr 29, 2020
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Hey Morgan, PLEASE fix the eBay Login!

This project is dead.

May 17, 2019
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Captcha woes

Have been getting the captcha login error for quite some time. It happens every single time, I haven’t had a successful login from jbidwatcher in like a year so it’s not even usable. Never get captcha requests when logging in from my Firefox browser, not even once that I can remember.

Can jbidwatcher just emulate a browser login? Like maybe let the user press a button to configure jbidwatcher to copy all the “user agent” stuff and whatever else is necessary from their preferred browser?

I don’t know the specifics of how jbw performs the login, but just tossing out an idea.

Thanks for all your development efforts, this neat app has scored me some great deals.


Mar 13, 2016
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 2.99pre4 multiple bugs

Bushy, your feedback is certainly valued and appreciated by both the developer and the rest of the users. I hate to see you get burned by the bugs though, I know the feeling of missing out on something that went for cheap.

A couple things to consider…

It’s quite possible that for some of the items you lost on, others had a max bid that was significantly higher than the winning bid amount. I know this certainly won’t make you feel any better, but consider that one bid increment above the winning bid amount isn’t necessarily the amount you would have paid if your bid had gone through.

Second, I will admit that I’ve continued to use version 2.5.5-0, because it seems the most stable to me. It may lack many of the features of newer versions, but I have lost the fewest bids using 2.5.5-0 than any other version. I haven’t set up a snipe in a few months, so I don’t know if that version is still working, but you might consider running an older version that you have more confidence in, as a backup, and run the newer version and set it to snipe earlier than the older version. Hopefully between the two your bids will get posted. This assumes that two instances can be run from the same computer, I haven’t tried it. If not you could put them on separate computers, or use a multi-instance type utility, pretty sure they exist.

As a bit of a follow up on that, I have set up a batch file for the Windows version of 2.5.5-0 that basically resets all the database files before I start the program. Eventually the CPU will get pegged out due to something apparently going on with completed items, not really sure of the details, but copying fresh (empty) database files into the proper folder each time seems to avoid his issue.

As a fellow user of this program and a software engineer, I appreciate the time you have taken, and the pains you have experienced, to provide feedback for a beta version of the software. You are essentially saving many others from similar pains by sacrificing your own transactions. Please do consider my second suggestion though, as I think it should be workable to use two different versions to provide you with some insurance, as well as being able to continue offering valuable feedback, without losing anything.



Feb 5, 2015
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Development / Tips on compiling JBidwatcher?

Not too familiar with Java, but may start playing around with the source. A couple questions if I may.

Is it perfectly valid and acceptable to run the program in .jar format on Windows?

What is the main benefit of creating an .exe? Is it like a “static” link to the Java libraries and eliminates the requirement of needing a local JRE? Or is it simply a convenience thing in that you don’t need to mess around with a command line…

Jul 21, 2014
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / How do I purge old auctions?

I periodically run a script which resets the database back to an initial state. Basically you just take a base snapshot of the .jbidwatcher folder which has no auctions (clean install and configured with login) and then at any time you can delete the current .jbidwatcher and copy over the base snapshot and restart with a fresh database.

On Windows I run the following commands in a .bat file, easily modifiable for other platforms:

rmdir /S /Q .jbidwatcher
xcopy /S /Y /I .jbidwatcherBackup .jbidwatcher

Jul 20, 2014
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / 2.5.6 CPU usage

First off, a big thanks for your efforts on jbidwatcher, it’s great to have an open source sniper program available that actually works consistently.

I often leave the proggy up and running for several days at a time, sometimes with a dozen or more auctions setup with snipes. A couple times I’ve come home and noticed that my laptop’s fan has kicked on which usually only happens after an extended period of increased CPU usage. Both times I checked task manager and found javaw to be running between 10-20% CPU, and jbidwatcher was the only Java app running at the time. It was not in the middle of refreshes and the next scheduled snipe was several hours away. It seems there may be some kind of loop or some logic path that is getting erroneously invoked.

I downgraded back to 2.5.3pre3 and am no longer experiencing the issue. I only first noticed it when upgrading from 2.5.3pre3 to 2.5.6.

Jan 30, 2012
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: Multi Multisnipe


Feb 18, 2011
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Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Tips and Tricks / Feature Request: Multi Multisnipe

Say there are 10 items that I am wanting to buy, all very similar items. I found a total of 20 of them in my search, so I’d like to be able to configure multisnipe to win at most 10 of those items, all at the same max price.

I don’t think this can currently be done with the application, even if they are configured individually. The “quantity” text box on the multisnipe screen has nothing to do with the number of auctions you want to bid on, but rather is used for dutch auctions which are fairly rare anyway.

I think this could be easily accommodated if the existing “quantity” text box was enabled and used to represent the number of auctions to snipe. I understand that box is there for dutch auctions, so if that is required then just add a new text box for “auction quantity” and rename the current one to “dutch quantity”.

I think this is a very valid and practical use case, and recommend that it be added to the application. For example eSniper has a “quantity” parameter that is used exactly for this purpose when it is desired to win multiple items in a single group. Why limit the buyer to just one?

Thanks for all your hard work on this project!