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Tue July 28 2015 22:36:23

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Newbie Question, and I can't word a good query into the forum to see if it has been answered.
 
The question is relative to the behavior of Auctiva - but I assume it would apply equally to other listing software programs.
 
Auctiva Tallys: Hits, Watches, and Bids on each item:
 
The question is: If a potential buyer has posted a SNIPE bid with one of the services, will that posting:
1. Show up as a HIT?
2. Show up as a WATCH?
3. Not show up at all until after the close of the auction?
 
Put another way, does the seller have ANY way to determine if there are Snipe Bids waiting in the wings, especially on listings that have no bids prior to the closing minutes of the auction.
Thanks,
ND




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Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Tue Jul 28 23:17:29 2015

There is no way to determine if a potential "snipe" bid is waiting in the wings as the bid has not been yet made. Having said that, I always make a minimum bid to attempt to get the item to run its full course, then snipe at the last moment ...

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 28 23:21:29 2015

If an item seems like it will generate heated bidding at the end I have been known to place small bids using more than one account;  my logic for this is pure intimidation--and it does seem to work!  

But I know of no way to know if a "bid"  has been registered as it does not--as Philip mentioned--execute until the TIME the buyer set it to kick in from the sniper site.  

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: ajeweler This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 29 09:29:33 2015

none, best advice is only list for what you are willing to sell it for everyone knows 99 cent bidding with free shipping does not work at all, and more so when things are inexpensive some use this to buy and receive free items as freebay will refund items low cost and will allow buyers to keep said item, without return freebay full of international people just waiting and lurking in the shadows seller beware

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 29 15:49:03 2015

My question is why is everyone so paranoid about sniping.

I would never out right bid on anything.  We use esnipe daily.

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 29 15:55:56 2015

@ ajeweler

We disagree with you accessment that scammers are just waiting to bid on low cost items so they can keep them.

You give them no credit.  In one of our stores there are 700 plus items.  Nothing over 5.00 with free shipping.  Good sales daily.

Since January I can count on one hand the claims filed for items.  Mostly when a claim is filed it is our fault anyways.  This over 1000's of sales.

It would seem to me that these so called scammers would go after the higher dollar items. Its kind of funny to think that I'm going to get scammer over a few buttons.

And before anyone gets overly excited about the shipping costs.  We ship without tracking ( which is a bigger scam )  just slap a stamp on a first class envelope and drop in the mail. Hardly ever have a problem with it.

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Wed Jul 29 16:12:33 2015

Snipe away! Anyone that uses eBay’s proxy bidding process to set their maximum bid is simply asking to pay that maximum amount; just like you likely would with an absentee bid placed with an unscrupulous traditional auctioneer; indeed the interests of the traditional auctioneer are such that the unscrupulous will likely open the bidding at your maximum absentee bid ...

The eBay executive suite—where the incompetent mingle with the disingenuous, the malevolent, the unscrupulous, and the outright criminal, and the just plain stupid … http://bit.ly/11F2eas

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: ajeweler This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 29 17:02:03 2015

@sasikat9

below is the quote referring to international buyers, and ".99 cent items with free shipping" I agree with you most of the us buyers are ok. selling items are not buttons however you without tracking I am surprised that you do not have issues especially international sales with no tracking

"without return freebay full of international people just waiting and lurking in the shadows seller beware "

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: steveylang This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 30 01:53:58 2015

I presume that someone placing a snipe bid might register a hit on your auction, since the sniping service has to access the listing to get relevant information. And of course, the sniper original visited your listing in the first place, which would be another hit.

High traffic items (iPhones, etc.) I will usually start at 99 cents just to draw the most eyeballs. There's so many bidders on these items that you're not going to end up selling your iPhone 6 for $3.95. But high value low traffic items (rare collectibles, etc.) I would never list for less than I'd be willing to take- more likely I would just use a fixed-price listing and maybe accept best offers.

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: Disgruntled_Seller This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 30 09:37:21 2015

One of our buyers does about 5000 bids annually via sniping. He will add it to the eBay watch list (one clue to you, watchers with no bid activity yet or little bid activity compared to number of watchers) and then enter into our tool. So from us, you would typically have a page view and a watch, until we bid via eBay's API what we deem our max price is you won't have any idea we are there.

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: songe-d-automne This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 30 10:36:25 2015

I have used a snipe program since they were invented, lol.

I rarely, if ever, place a bid before the last minute of an auction. I simply think of what I would spend with buyer's premium, etc. at a brick and mortar auction and fill that in as my max bid for the sniper.

I don't get why it's so frowned upon.

My max bid is the same either way...if the clown I am attempting to outbid doesn't bid high enough, they lose out. I was willing to pay more and did.

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: SmartBidder This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Jul 30 13:57:59 2015

As the owner of a free sniping service (SmartBidder), if most are designed like this one, it will find the auction once the snipe is placed and put it in cue (whether this registers as a ''watch'' is unknown, since the watch count is questionable to begin with), and then in the last seconds - log in, find auction, snipe. By then it's too late to monitor watches, hits, etc. anymore.  However, another good question is ''can you tell if an auction has been won by a snipe?''  That's a definite YES!

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: a_c_green This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 30 17:02:29 2015

You won't see me (in my buying account) in your auction until three seconds from the end. If you want to think that I'm using a sniping service, fine, but I'm not. ;-)

I don't think the OP was necessarily against snipers; the question was whether it's possible to tell if any will occur. I don't think so, as a pending snipe needs only to know the auction number and the ending time. Thus one visit/viewing will occur when the user sees the listing, but the sniping service doesn't need to mark the listing for watching. At the appointed time, it just slams in the designated bid on item xxxxxxxxxx, and that's that: you either win it or you don't, but either way, the seller will not know you're out there until a bid arrives.

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: Redlion This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 31 09:45:48 2015

I refuse to get into a bidding war with another buyer (or chance a seller shill bidding to raise the price).  I set it with the maximum I'm willing to pay and then let it run its course.  You know, set it and forget it.  I've also manually sniped within the last 3 seconds of a bid.

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 31 18:04:48 2015

What bugs me if I make an auction with a low start price and free shipping is that no one will bid.
Lets say I have something worth $50, and I list it at $4.99 with free shipping. I'll get several watchers but several times, I've had items like this end without any bids. I then relist it for $45 and someone offers me $40 and I sell it in less than a week. Why didn't someone just bid when it was $4.99?

Now, when I do the occasional auction for items worth $50-$100. I start it at $4.99/free ship and mention that every day that goes by without a bid, the starting price will increase and the listing will get pulled with 20 hours left is there is no bids at that point.

And still no one bids.


When I bid on auctions, I'll just set it and forget it and maybe win about 50% of the time. I'll bid as soon as I find the listing. Is everyone else so obsessed with waiting til the last minute that they forget to bid on something they wanted?

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 31 21:47:53 2015

I have occasionaly "forgotten"  to bid on something I was watching;  but more often I watch and do it manually;  however I have been outbid a time or two but mostly because I have not been willing to go higher.  

I DID have an account on a sniper service when I was buying more often on ebay;  when we all had to re-set PW's somehow this got "un-set"  and I never re-upped;  I did like the convenience tho!  

I don't care if any one snipes anything I have for sale;  I would like to have ANY bids at this point;  cannot even remember the last time I had actual multi BIDS on ANYTHING I had on offer tho!!!!

I now have over 250 "Views"  on ONE high end item priced at a very attractive BIN/BO.   I have an even 100 "views"  on a brand new high end leather belt ---do I BELIEVE these counts???  Can I believe that NONE of this stuff has SOLD?  

Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?   Can You Tell If Your eBay Listing Has Snipe Bids?

This user has validated their user name. by: Don Wagner

Sat Aug 1 07:45:24 2015

If I see an item I like then I put a snipe on it and forget about it. No agonizing over what I should have bid or last minute monitoring of the listing - if I get it, I get it.



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