Auction Sniper

Automated Sniping for eBay Auctions

Auction Sniper Help

Status Messages

Snipe Confirmation: To view a more in-depth explanation about the status of items you have won or lost (but NOT currently active snipes) please click the "Confirmation" button. This button is found next to each ended item on the MySnipes page.

Status Message Explanation
Ready

Your snipe is waiting to be placed.

   
Success

Your snipe was successfully placed and you are currently the high bidder. 

You Won!

Your snipe was successfully placed and you have won the item. 

   
Bid Too Low

Your snipe could not be placed because your maximum bid was below the current minimum bid.

Unable to Sign In

To place your bid, we signin to eBay up to three minutes before your snipe time. This status means eBay did not respond to our login requests soon enough for us to place the snipe. This error should be rare, and only happens during extreme spikes in eBay traffic.

Bid Below Increment

Your snipe could not be placed because your maximum bid was below the next bid increment for the item. Read about eBay's bid increment rules here.

Proxy Outbid

Your Snipe was successfully placed but, you were outbid by a previous bidder.

Reserve Not Met

Your snipe was successfully placed and you are currently the high bidder, but the reserve price has not been met.

Not in Time

We sent your snipe to eBay at your requested time, however eBay did not accept your bid until after the auction ended. This occurred because you set your lead time well below our recommended 7 seconds, or excessive internet traffic prevented your bid from going through in time. This problem is nearly always caused by eBay and is beyond our control, but we do all we can to lessen the chance of this happening. In fact we monitor eBay's response times and compensate automatically. So rest assured that we are doing all we can and are giving you the highest chance of winning because of our automatic adjustments to compensate for eBay's current speed.

Ended Early

The item seller ended this auction early. This could be because there was an error in the auction, or the seller simply wanted to end the auction and sell to the current highest bidder. There is nothing we can do in this situation.

Invalid UserID/Pass

The username and password for your AuctionSniper account did not match your username and password on eBay. We were unable to place your snipe. Please update your username and password here.

Deleted

Your snipe has been deleted.

Large Bid Restricted

Your snipe could not be place because your eBay account has not been verified for large bids. Read about eBay's large bid rules here.

Bid Group not placed

A bid on this item was not placed because there are items in your bid group that have not yet been resolved. To keep from winning more items than you have specified in your bidgroup, we will not place a new bid if we haven't resolved the won/lost status of a previous bid. If you have additional pending items in this bid group, we recommend you create a new bid group and move your current Ready Bid Group snipes into it as soon as possible. This applies only to the bid group this error occurred in: all other bid groups you may have are unaffected.

Blocked by seller

Your snipe could not be placed because the seller blocks specific groups of buyers. For example, if a seller doesn't ship to your country, he can block all bidders from that country.

Ebay Requires Verification

Your snipe could not be placed because eBay Requires further Verification for your account. Often times this is in the form of providing some type of valid Credit Card to associate with your account.

Ebay Server Error

Your snipe could not be placed because eBay did not respond to our request. This was probably due to an error with one of their servers. See the description of 'Unknown Status' for more information about eBay server errors.

Ebay Not Responding

Your snipe could not be placed because eBay did not respond to our request. This was probably due to an error with one of their servers, or network congestion that caused the request to timeout. See the description of 'Unknown Status' for more information about eBay server errors.

Ebay Buying Limit Reached

Ebay imposes a limit on the amount of items that can be bought or sold at one time by unverified users. We could not place your snipe because you have exceeded this limit. Please verify your account with eBay to increase this limit, or wait until some of the items you are currently bidding on have ended, before placing another snipe.

Not Preapproved

We could not place your bid because the seller required all bidders to be pre-approved to participate in this listing. The next time you choose to snipe a listing with a pre-approval requirement, you must contact the seller directly and ask to be added to the pre-approved list before the snipe is placed.

Invalid eBay Email

Your snipe could not be placed because your eBay email address is invalid and action must be taken before proceeding. Please either update or confirm your eBay email address before placing another snipe.

Ebay Password Too Weak

Due to updated eBay security standards your password has been determined to be too weak. Your password is triggering an extra security request, which cannot be bypassed by our system. To fix this problem please go to eBay and change your password to one deemed stronger by eBay. After making this change you will need to update your password information here.

Security Key Blocked

We were unable to place your snipe because the PayPal Security Key you are using with your account is incompatible with sniping technology. The security key is designed to require a person to enter the number generated by the key which prevents any type of automation of the process. You will be unable to use a sniper service while you are using the PayPal Security Key.

Seller Purchase Limit Reached

Your snipe could not be placed because the limit of items you can purchase from a seller over a certain period has been reached.

Seller has blocked bidders from your location

Your snipe could not be placed because the seller has blocked bidding on this item from your location.

eBay Account Verification Required

Your snipe could not be placed because eBay has required account verification.

   
Unknown Status

Your snipe could be not be placed because of an eBay server error. In the event of this, Auction Sniper continues to bid for you up to 15 times. These type of errors are not common, nor are they limited to Auction Sniper. Although this is ultimately the responsibility of eBay, we do all that we can to prevent this from happening.

   
High Bidder

Your snipe could not be placed because you were currently the high bidder.