Outbid At The Last Second

United States
January 23, 2007 11:45pm CST
I was thinking that I had won an auction this evening at eBay and I was outbid in the last ten seconds...by a person with the User ID: grospain! Can you believe it? What an apt name for a bid sniper. Have you ever been outbid at the very last second? Do you recall the ID of the sniper?
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24 responses
• United States
25 Jan 07
I hate it when people do that, it makes me so mad. Unfortunatley though its part of auctions. I have just got to where I do the same when Im bidding on something. I just keep bidding to make sure I get it if I really want it. Otherwise I just put in the highest amount I am willing to pay for the item, and then say well, if someone wants it more than me and they are willing to pay more than me, they can have it.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Yes, it is unfortunately part of auctions when a person slips in at the very last second and grabs up what you thought was going to be yours. Still auctions - both online and live are lots of fun with deals to be found in abundance.
@bonbon50 (659)
• United States
25 Jan 07
This is the nature of bidding. To prevent this in the future, you can enter a proxy bid for the highest amount you are willing to go. You can go into the bid history on completed items and see when the bids for that item were placed. Most people bid on the last day, if not the last minute.
• United States
26 Jan 07
I'm the last day type of bidder. Do you bid ahead of time? And, if so - does that work better?
25 Jan 07
A lot of people bid at the last moment on auctions. It is a way of avoiding shill bidding. I have frequently been outbid in the last few seconds of an auction, c'est la vie, however the best one was a couple of weeks back when I was outbid by someone called EyeSnipe
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Ahahahaa! EyeSnipe! That's a good one.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I have been outbid last minute. My husband was too, on a car we wanted. But as it turned out, the person who won the bid, decided they didn't want it after all. Can you imagine. Why bid or OUTBID someone if you didn't REALLY want it? I haven't noticed the winning bidders names, but I will start to make a mental note of it. I love ebay and am on there all the time. I buy a lot of movies and pc games for my neice. My husband is the car fanatic, he is on there everyday he can, looking for cars, car parts, anything to do with certain cars.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
I think that people get carried away with bidding - which is good news for the sellers. I have worked at curbing my competitive bidding by deciding the maximum amount that I am willing to spend before I enter a bid. Sometimes that doesn't work so well and I get carried away, too!! I buy most everthing at eBay from clothes to shoes, purses to collectible dolls and office supplies to printers. I haven't purchased a car on eBay though because you can't kick the tires, look under the hood or underneath, is it safe to do that?
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• United States
28 Jan 07
I am one of the so called snipers, but thats just my way of ebaying. If you put a bid in too early, someone else will bid it anyways. Waiting until the last second is sometimes rewarding with low prices. It sucks for some, but it happens. So if you can't beat them... Join them.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
WOW! So - do you use a program to snipe?
• United States
8 Feb 07
Nope, I snipe all on my own... its the fun of the auction. plus the price stays low. It works for me.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Oh! Well, ya - paying attention at the very last minute to grab something for cheap is great. Thanks for the further explanation. 8)
@fub21a (194)
• Australia
17 Feb 07
It has happened to me only a few occasions one of the usernames was : 2good hahaha.. But there are a few programs out there that will allow or keep track of everything until the final 10 secs or 5 secs and then all of a sudden bid for ya. Sniper Monkey is a program that does that and it's very annoying alot of people don't use them but a few people do.
• United States
19 Feb 07
Thank you for your response. I did go and check out sniper monkey - that is certainly a program for very serious bidders!
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I sure have had it happen to me. Have you ever used one of the free auction snipers? They will automatically bid for you at the last several second in the auction (just be sure to put in the correct auction number and amount that you wish to bid). I have though of it but have not done it yet.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Hi, thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure if the last minute sniper programs are ethical or not to use. I guess it's about the same as putting the highest bid that you want in at eBay?!
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have been outbid several times before and the feels is horrible! You think you just won this awsome deal only to find out, someone else has it now. What is even worse is when you go back on 2 weeks later and find the winning bidder selling what you wanted to win for more money!
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• United States
29 Jan 07
eeerrgh! Very frustrating!
@bunnny (5)
• United States
28 Jan 07
yeah...i wat last-sec-outbid-victim too,but i cannot charge negatively the winner 4 this.people already start using different techniques incl. snipers but until ebay support this way of bidding this way of getting the products will exist.anyways...sometimes its necessary and really works.since that moment i've been use a few times the snipper and really helps me to be a winner .... espesially if you really wanna the product,it doesn't matter on what price.funnny,but real fact.plus thee's one more thing if you start using a ebay-snipper that means that your financials are excellent and you didn't care of the price you paying.so,make sure that the "wallet" is really fat ;)
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Do you think that what goes around comes around?! I feel that if I went ahead and sniper bid that I would wind up with more problems than just loosing an auction, say for instance loosing my eBay account.
@seewhy (231)
• Australia
28 Jan 07
This used to happen to me all he time and I hated it! I actually do it myself now as it's the only way to get those items I really want. It's a case of 'if you can't beat them, join them' I suppose. I do mine manually though and don't use a program.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
ahahahahaa! Well, do you get what you give?
@honeyangel (1992)
27 Jan 07
ive had that loads of times its really anoying
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• United States
28 Jan 07
yeah, it is.
• United States
27 Jan 07
That has happened to me several times. I've had it happen in the last Second or two. Very frustrating, especially when you think you're getting something for a good price!!!
• United States
28 Jan 07
And very frustrating when you loose out by a penny!
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Yes, it has happened to me on Ebay. I usually don't shop on Ebay, but I needed a certain electronic device. I bid on several and all got outbidded at the last second. Finally, I just bought it outright and the price was only about $10 higher than the bids. I don't recall who it was.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
I found that there are times that you can bid with hardly any competition such as in the middle of the week - like tuesday or wednesday late morning, early afternoon. Also, about 10pm or so early to mid week - not many people are bidding at the time. If you go for friday or a weekend day, you wind up with more competiion and the bids go very high.
@pitstop (9765)
• India
27 Jan 07
I heard that there are software that will bid your amount in the last 10 seconds so you win more easily. I think its called bidslammer or something like that. Some people do it manually too. Keep the bid page and the item page open. Keep refreshing the item page so you know the current bid and hit your max bid just a few seconds before the auction closes - a little risky, but works!
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• United States
28 Jan 07
hey! Cool! Thank you very much for the tips.
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@yorb24 (2180)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I have it. It does happen alot. You should make sure you can be there when it ends OR put your very highest bid price before it ends. Don't recall any id names though of the snipers.
• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks for the tips!
• United States
27 Jan 07
grrr this is my biggest oet oeeve when it comes to ebay, i have been outbid time and time again in the last second or so. i literlly will sit there and watch the last 5 minutes refreshing the page, and then when it says auction ended im all set to go to payapl and pay and then i get an item not won. man that is so irratiating
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• United States
28 Jan 07
eeerrg! That is irratating!
• United States
27 Jan 07
I got outbidded last second and it was by 1 cent that was painful...
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Ouch! That is really painful!
@moonmagick (1458)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I think that some people see ebay as a sport. LOL. I have witnessed my husband sitting there with his hand over the mouse waiting for the exact right time to put his bid in at the end of the auction. (And no his ID isnt grospain, lol) I personally dont wait that long, because I know if I did, I would miss out. I would wait too long, or my computer would lock up at the last second, etc. I do generally wait until there is only a couple of minutes left though if at all possible, because I think you tend to get a better price that way. If you bid say $5 when there are 3 days left, someone might bid it up to 5.25 at the last minute. That person might have only planned to go to 5, but went ahead and put the little extra on there when it showed outbid, and wins for their efforts. And now I am rambling, lol. Thats what happens when I start up the computer before I am awake. Have a wonderful day.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Ya, I think you're right when you said "eBay as a sport" - it can get very competitive. Personally, my strategy is to watch items till the last day and then place my bid at the amount I'm willing to pay. Sometimes the items go way too high and I think that is the competitive-ness kicking in.
@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
25 Jan 07
That does happen and if you had put in the maximum bid that you were willing to pay then they may have not outbid you. You have to consider that my dial up and someone elses high speed internet is a factor too. There are snipers out there and just have to know what you are ultimately willing to pay and try to use that for winning the things you want. I often look for the buy it now so that I don't have to deal with that kind of situation! Good luck winning things in the future on Ebay!!
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• United States
26 Jan 07
When bidding it's a bit hard to decide what to do - either put your bid at the price you are willing to go ahead of time (and run the risk of someone out-guessing you beforehand) or bid a little at a time at increments and watch to the end of the auction. Thanks for the good luck!
@milott (2646)
• India
24 Jan 07
That's really great, how did you manage to do it, did you use some sort of software for that or is it just a coincidence or you do this intentionally like many others do in on ebay for fun or out of competition.
• United States
24 Jan 07
Perhaps you misunderstood what I wrote? A person outbid me at the very last minute. I buy and sell on eBay, but dislike when people do the snipe bidding within the last few seconds. I don't know how it is done as I don't practice that myself...what goes around comes around...