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3. Bidding > 26. Snipe It Manually

Snipe It Manually

Bid at the last minute to simultaneously ensure that you win the auction and pay the lowest possible amount.

It shouldn’t take long to figure out that it’s usually better to bid later in an auction—the later the better. Many eBayers wait until the last few minutes of the auction to bid, leaving no time for lower bidders to be notified and respond with higher bids. This is called sniping, and all it takes is a little nerve and the ability to tell time.

Warning

Sniping leaves no time to read the auction description carefully or to ask the seller any questions you may have. Make sure you take care of these things long before the end of the auction.

When you’ve found an auction you want to snipe, the first step is to track the auction [Hack #29] and make note of its closing date and time. Then, all you need to do is return to eBay a few minutes before the auction ends and place your bid.


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