An eBay Auction Sniper is somebody who comes along at the last moment
during an eBay auction and makes just one bid, usually winning the item with a
couple of seconds to go.
The term makes sense; most eBay users are like normal soldiers. They all fire
off a few bids, hoping to get the shot that does the damage. The Auction Sniper,
however, has just one bullet and waits until the perfect moment.
So, should YOU become an eBay Auction Sniper?
Millions of sellers and buyers around the world will probably hate me for saying
this, but I think you should. I admit to 'auction sniping', myself. In my
opinion, eBay gives me no reason not to be an auction sniper. The bidding
finishes at a set time, not like in a real-life auction, so items sold on eBay
sell for the price that someone said they'd pay at that time, rather than what
they might have paid if the auction had been left to run.
Years ago, I used to run a website of my own that had an auction area. Like
eBay, auctions were set to finish at a specific time. However, they were also
set to finish at that time OR 2-minutes after the last bid. That way, Auction
Snipers were ineffective and some auctions used to go on for hours past their
'closing time'. eBay doesn't do that, however, and nine times out of ten, the
sniper will win!
How Do I Become An Auction Sniper?
There are various websites and software packages that do the work for you. For
example, CLICK HERE to take a look at
MegaSniper. Type 'auction sniper' into
Google and you will come up with hundreds more.
I don't use a sniping service myself, to be honest, as I am online a lot. I
prefer to do it manually. However, I can see why people at work or with lives
away from the internet may find an auction sniping service of use!
To be an eBay Auction Sniper yourself, all you have to do is make sure you are
primed and ready before an auction is about to close. Here are a few tips I've
learnt over time:
REMEMBER WHEN THE AUCTION ENDS –
sounds simple, but I've missed some real bargains in the past! Set your alarm
a few minutes before. Phones are great for this, as you tend to always be in
PLAN IN ADVANCE – you know when an
auction is due to end, so make sure you'll be in a place where you can
actually bid. If it finishes when you're due to compete in a swimming race,
for example, it may be best to use sniping services like those mentioned
MAKE SURE YOU ARE LOGGED IN – again,
take it from someone who knows. Auction sniping gives you one shot; try to
take that shot, only to be told you're not logged in, is kind of annoying!
KNOW YOUR LIMIT – as with all eBay
auctions, don't get carried away. If there's a last minute flurry of bidding
before you're about to take aim, forget it. There will be another auction like
it soon. There always is.
HOLD YOUR NERVE – after a couple of
goes, you'll know how long it takes a bid to register with your internet
connection. The idea is to ensure that YOUR bid is the last one, so you
only want to leave a couple of seconds to spare. Bid too early, and someone
will snipe YOU!
That's all there is to it, really. In simple terms, you bid low and you bid
last. You'll win a lot of eBay auctions like this. You'll lose a few, but that's
the way it goes. At least you'll always get a bargain!
Oh, one last thing – smartphones are brilliant for this. I use my iPhone all the
time. However, BE WARNED, if you drop out of
wi-fi range, you may be at the mercy of a slow connection. All you can do is bid
a bit earlier and pray!
Try it now – type your postcode below, or even try some of the 99p auctions, and
Another great way of finding cheap eBay bargains is to look for items that haven't had many bids. Just because they haven't received bids, it doesn't mean they aren't any good! Quite often, the item will be poorly described, have a bad photo or just finish at an unsociable time. Use the drop down box below to find items in each category that finish soon and have had 3 bids or less:
And here's a favourite for many....the good old 99p auctions! A lot of people start their auctions at 99p or less, partly because they believe that they'll attract more attention if they do and partly because there are often promotional incentives to do so. The result is a LOT of items sell for a pound or less! Select a section below to see what I mean:
And here's one more trick to use. Type your search term into the box below. Select your postcode and distance you'll travel and get the results. If any of them take your fancy, check the descriptions and if it doesn't say that they'll accept collection in person, ASK THEM.
Not everybody does accept collection, but there is no harm in asking. I've bought plenty of stuff like this and you'll often find you can save a lot by cutting out the postage.
There Are Other Ways Of Finding Cheap Bargains. Try
This For Size - Enter Your Search Term And Then Click
The Link That Is Supplied:
A few buying tips:
Only fools rush in - don't grab the first bargain you see...however tempting!
Don't avoid Ebay - if a seller asks you to buy direct, avoid them. You lose all your protection from Ebay.
Pay with PayPal - again, you get extra protection this way.
Read the small print - be SURE that you know what you're buying!
Make sure you can pick the item up - bulky items often need a van and some muscle!
Make sure you can store it - bulk deals sound great, but ever tried fitting a million widgets in your hallway?
Have fun - buying a cheap bargain can be great fun. Enjoy it!
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