Monday, June 04, 2007

PowerSnipe: eBay auctions made simple

While sitting in a riviting panel discussion at mesh last week, my pal Mira was shoe shopping on eBay. Actually, PowerSnipe Auction Sniper was doing the heavy lifting for her.

For US$59.99 a year (or $45.99, if you order by June 5), PowerSnipe will do your bidding for you. All you need to do is let it know which item you’re bidding on and your top bid amount. It will even ask you if you want to increase it if another bid has gone higher. Ideally, it’s supposed to help you swoop down and make the final bid in the last moments of the auction. At US$60 a pop, it’s not cheap but if you do a lot of eBay shopping, Mira tells me it’s worth the investment.

I didn’t know you could subscribe to a service to do your bidding for you on eBay. Did you? How cool is that? Have any other tips for winning online auctions? Leave a comment.

photo credit: Mira Jelic on flickr

Technorati tags: auctions, eBay, mesh07, PowerSnipe

5 comments:

  1. Great site Eden and thanks for the nod! eBay is great but you have to check sellers' feedback and read the entire listing. The auction tool let's put in a bid ahead of time so that you don't have to "babysit" the auction until the end - it also forces you to set a maximum bid price so that you don't get carried away in the heat of the auction! Happy eBaying and shop responsively!!!

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  2. I meant "responsibly"

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  3. Mira, thanks for sharing your wisdom with other readers. Great photo by the way and thanks for the feedback about my blog.

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  4. Forgive me but I'm not sure how PowerSnipe is different than similar the functionality that eBay offers (or at least did). A few years ago when I fanatically collecting Simpsons' Halloween figures, I was able to designate a preset maximum bid amount and eBay would automatically increase my bids for me. I didn't like it as, I liked to swoop in at the last moment as that's the only way to get the best deals. How's PowerSnipe different?

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  5. ...your bid is placed in the last second of the auction.

    You win more auctions because your competition won't have time to respond. It also holds prices down by not bidding throughout the auction.

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