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3. Bidding > 27. Snipe It Automatically

Snipe It Automatically

Use eSnipe to snipe without actually having to be in front of a computer when the auction ends.

Sniping [Hack #26] is an effective way to increase your odds of winning an auction while simultaneously lowering the final price you pay. But there are significant drawbacks to sniping that limit its practical usefulness:

  • You have to be in front of your computer, ready to bid, at the exact time the auction ends.

  • It’s nearly impossible to snipe two or more auctions ending at the same time.

  • If your computer crashes or your Internet connection goes down moments before you snipe, you lose.

  • You can easily forget to bid, or even become distracted moments before bidding time. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been distracted by a doorbell ring or a good song on the radio, only to turn around and find that I’ve missed my two-minute sniping window.)


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