Welcome to the Auction Sniper Help Library
Top Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees and how do I pay?
Auction Sniper gives each new user 3 free snipe credits.
Each free snipe credit is good for one winning snipe. After these are used up,
we charge a modest fee of 1.5% of the final
auction price, with a minimum of 35¢ and a maximum of $14.99 for each auction that we help
If you use a credit card, Auction Sniper
will automatically bill your account monthly. If you prefer, you can manually add a balance to
your account using PayPal. Find out more on our Pricing page:
To get more free snipes,
just refer your friends and neighbors to sign up with us. Each sign-up will net you 3 free snipes
and of course they get 3 free snipes for trying us too. Everybody wins!
Use this link:
Why do I need to link my eBay account to my Auction Sniper account?
Linking your eBay account to your
Auction Sniper account creates a secure connection which allows our system to place bids on your behalf.
Best of all, Auction Sniper no longer requires your eBay username or password. Auction Sniper places snipes through
this secure connection so you can snipe auctions without ever sharing your eBay username or password.
What if two or more of your customers snipe the same item?
Although the probability of this happening is very small, we have developed our software to give bidders an equal chance of winning in all possible cases.
In most cases, it’s very simple: the bidder with the highest max bid will win.
What is Lead Time?
Lead time is the number of seconds before an auction’s
end time when you would like Auction Sniper to place your bid on your behalf.
Due to Internet lag, eBay server response times and server
time discrepancies, we can't guarantee your bid will be placed at the exact second you choose,
however, our margin for error is rarely greater than 1 second. Even with 2 second lead times,
we can still boast a 99.9% accuracy rate.
We place your snipes from multiple servers in multiple
locations to avoid regional Internet congestion to increase your chances of winning.
However, no service or software guarantees your wins.
Read more about using a sniping service to bid.
In the unfortunate event that your snipe resolves with a
"Did Not Win" or "Not In Time" message, you can
report the error for a free snipe credit.
Is there a time when I can NOT add, modify, or cancel a snipe?
You cannot add, modify, or cancel a snipe if there is less than 5 minutes left until the auction ends. When the auction is about to end, you may notice that a lock will replace the Cancel and Modify links. In the event that you have not refreshed the page, and the Cancel and Modify links still exist for a snipe that is ending in less than 5 minutes, any changes made will not adhere. For reliability and performance, our bidding system prepares your snipes in advance, so you must make your changes before this time.
Do you bid in the currency of the auction?
Yes, we snipe in the currency of the auction.
That's actually how eBay has it set up; no conversion is going on. So if the auction is in GBP, AU$,
Euros, etc., that's the currency your bid is in.
Can I accidentally bid against myself or bid myself up?
If you add a snipe to our system, we will attempt to place your bid on eBay. Given the short time periods we work with, we do not check who is the current high bidder on eBay before attempting to place a snipe on your behalf. However, in most cases, your snipe will not "bid up" a manual bid you placed on eBay.
Due to the rules of eBay's proxy bidding system, it is possible to increase the winning amount paid for an auction if your maximum snipe amount is greater than your maximum proxy bid on eBay. However, the circumstances that result in that behavior are uncommon and will never increase the final price by more than one eBay bid increment.
To avoid this scenario, only place bids through Auction Sniper. If you do place a bid on eBay and Auction Sniper for the same item, be aware there is a chance eBay may take advantage and increase your winning bid amount.