Software News tagged "Sniping"
Sniper Gixen has a new feature which works the opposite way to normal bid groups.
In a normal Bid Group, when one item in the group is won the snipes on the other items are cancelled - so you can win just one from a group of similar items. In a Contingency Bid Group, all the snipes in the group remain active until one item is lost - so you can create a group of items all of which you want to win but only if you can get all of them.
The new feature is only available to Mirror Service subscribers (which costs $6.00 per year). The standard Gixen service is free.
Sniping tool Gixen now has add-ons for the most popular web browsers, available only to "mirror" subscribers. The basic Gixen service is free, but the mirror option currently costs $6 per year and increases the reliability of the service.
The add-on adds a "Snipe this item" link to eBay web pages, giving direct access to Gixen.com's bidding page pre-populated with the details of the item that was being viewed. More information.
The stats were taken from Gixen's own data, then sniping levels for other sites was estimated using Alexa's comparitive rankings and traffic information. Total snipes per week from web-based services are estimated at 181,000 and the total number of sniped auctions is approximately 6%.
Many thanks to Gixen for this contribution.
AuctionBytes has discovered a new eBay tool called Bid Assistant that will offer Bid Groups - a feature common in sniping programs. Bid Assistant will not offer scheduled or last-minute bidding, according to its eBay help page.
Bid Groups allow a buyer to set bids on several items, but with the intention of winning only one. Bid Assistant creates bid groups from the "Items I'm Watching" list in My eBay, and allows the buyer to set the same maximum bid for all items in the group, or different maximum bids for each item. Once bids have been set, Bid Assistant moves through the group (starting with the item that ends first), and places bids until one item has been won, or it reaches the end of the group.
eBay have not made a formal announcement about Bid Assistant but it is mentioned in eBay Help and is buried within an eBay Developer's program Release Note. View sniping tools with the Bid Groups feature.
Free web-based bidding tool Gixen has launched a new "mirror" server located in a different part of the country. The mirror service reduces the chance of snipes being late or not submitted due to network delays, hosting facility problems, or outages on the main server.
The Gixen main service is remaining free, but there is charge of $5.00 per year for the Mirror service which the developer has introduced reluctantly, but says was necessary to make the operation sustainable.
Online sniping tool Phantom Bidder has had problems placing bids recently, due to eBay resetting passwords or asking users to enter numbers from an image during login.
Sniping services must automate the eBay login to place bids. Image verification is widely used by sites to stop automated logins, and would make sniping on eBay very difficult if introduced across the site.
"PlaceOffer" is a new API call within the eBay API which enables bidding. Developers have to apply and be approved to use PlaceOffer, and scheduled bidding (sniping) is not allowed.
Version 2.0 of popular searching tool Prospector for eBay is out now. There is a free Lite version that doesn't expire, and a programmable platform for third-party add-ons, through which Ace Sniper has provided a server-based sniping tool.
Hosted bidding tool Auction Sniper is running a competition through to February 14. Bidders buying Auction Sniper's shipping insurance will be able to snipe for free, and three randomly selected users will win back the purchase price of their item, up to $500.
Hosted sniping service Phantom Bidder has been told by eBay that its "Schedule Bid" browser button is considered an eBay password phishing page - a technique used by spammers to steal eBay passwords. Phantom Bidder rejects the claim, but has modified the page to comply with eBay's requirements. Many sniping services integrate bidding features into Internet Explorer, and all require buyers' eBay passwords to place bids on their behalf.
Sniping service Bidnapper has altered its pricing plans from 1 August. Prices are now:
- Non-stop, unlimited service, $6.95/month, recurrent
- 12 months of unlimited service $45.95
- 6 months of unlimited service $26.95
- 3 months of unlimited service $16.95
- 1 month of unlimited service $9.95
- 10 winning snipes $19.95
- 25 winning snipes $36.95
Free sniping tool JBidWatcher has an improved search mechanism, which puts results in named tabs. Management of auctions being watched and sniped has also been enhanced.
An open-source sniping tool, JBidWatcher, has been added to the site and granted verified status.