Using auction snipers to win items on sites such as eBay is becoming more common. If you have ever been outbid at the very last second when you thought you were the only bidder, you probably fell victim to somebody using a sniper. ESnipe's auction sniper allows a user to automatically place a bid in the very last seconds before the auction ends, maximising the chances of winning the item without even being near a computer.
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Load eSnipe in your browser and register your name, e-mail address and eBay details in the registration form to create your account. You will receive a 10-day free trial of the service. During the trial period you can choose between 30 free bids or unlimited free bids if you fund your account and verify your identity. After the free trial you will be charged 1 per cent of the final auction price per item.
Go to eBay and locate the item you wish to bid on. Open the item page and go to the "Other item info" box on the right side of the screen, where you will find the item number. Highlight just the numbers; right-click the selection and then choose "Copy."
Go back into eSnipe and click on "Bidwizard" in the left-hand menu. Right-click on the box and choose "Paste" to insert the item number into the box, then click "Next."
Check that the item details are correct on this screen. Insert your maximum bid and select how many seconds before the end of the auction you wish this bid to be placed. You can also set a "bid checkup," where the program will check the current price of the item and alert you by e-mail you if you have already been outbid.
Click the "Place eBay bid with eSnipe" button to activate the sniper. Leave eSnipe to do its job; in the majority of cases you will win the item, and at a far lower price than if you were to bid on it conventionally.
Tips and warnings
- Set your sniper as close as possible to the end of the auction to reduce the chance of being outbid.
- Make sure your maximum bid is realistic; even snipers set at the last second can be outbid if someone has already entered a higher maximum bid.
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