I want to thank AuctionSniper for helping me win an auction with my first try.
I've used Ebay for several years and more often than not lost auctions when a bidding
war started at the end of an auction. This was particularly difficult for me as
I have only dial-up internet connection.
But whatever the reason, Ebay auctions are hard to win. This time, I found and antique
camera lens that I've wanted for some time. It's true value is something like $400.00
and there was one listed in "Camera Accessories", rather in the specific category
where it belonged. With a day left on the five day auction, the only bidder ("0"
Feedback = DANGER time-waster) had bid only $30.00 or so. I did bid through Ebay,
but with two hours left another bidder had topped me at $52.85, and a look at his
Ebay feedback showed that he was a professional in the photography field. So my
two adversaries were the worst kind: a possible gamer, and an experienced Ebayer
who knew what he was after.
So I remembered I had subscribed to AuctionSniper and decided to try it, with the
three free snipes I'd gotten for signing up. The same seller had a less expensive
item that was due to close half an hour earlier than the lens, and was at only $4.25.
So I went into the AuctionSniper site and put in a bid for that with a maximum of
$11.67. It's the usual type of bid one needs to make -- a limit that is a little
over the minimum bidding increment, which is often $1.00.
What struck me was the ease and thoroughness of the AuctionSniper site -- it seems
to operate and update in real time, even! I adjusted my maximum bid before settling
on $11.67 -- and once again the site responded very fast and with no complaints.
So I watched that first auction through, and sure enough my bid remained hidden
until the last seconds of the auction. $4.25. That was the price with 10 seconds
left. I refreshed the page (which can take up to 30 seconds with dial-up: you never
know...), and there it was: I had won!
So with confidence I went ahead and bid the same way on the more expensive lens.
The auction was almost the same. The lens stayed at $52.85 into the last minute.
Timing as best could, I refreshed the page: this would have been bidding instead
of refreshing had I not used AuctionSniper: WITH NO WAY OF KNOWING IN THOSE LAST
SECONDS IF I WOULD BE ON TIME. The page came up "Time left: 4 seconds", with me
as the new leader. One more refresh: I had won again, buying the lens for $103.13
-- about 25% of it's real value!
In all, my experience with Ebay makes me sure that even if I had been able to win
this auction without AuctionSniper it would have cost me at least twice as much
to buy what I wanted. Newcomers should know -- not only is AuctionSniper a great
idea, it's also a beautifully crafted and accurate tool. Both EASY TO USE and EXTREMELY