This morning I recieved the following email from an Ebay seller who sells loose star wars figures. I urge ebay users to read it.
Going on Holiday?
Cant get to the Computer?
Not at home when the auction finishes?
The auction finishes in the middle of the night?
Cant refresh your browser quick enough, to get that last second bid?
You've got a slow connection and miss that bid?
If YES, please read on!
You've seen it happen: Your bid is still the highest as the auction is
to close. You wait excitedly by your computer expecting to be notified
you've won, but...somehow you've lost. In the last seconds of the
new bid has appeared, too late for you to respond. You've been sniped.
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that alarm clock! You might still get out bid! But give yourself a
This is the first time that I've heard of 'sniping' an auction, although it has happened to me several times. I find the idea that a website is offering this service absolutely dispicable. It negates the whole idea of online auctions.
What do you guys think?
If you would like to complain to ebay about this, please copy and paste the following message into an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (UK users). Can someone please tell me how to contact the USA suggestion box on ebay? - I'll edit into this post.
"I am becoming increasingly annoyed by websites offering "Auction Sniper" services to ebay users. These websites offer to bid for an item in the closing minute of an auction's allotted time, therefore negating the whole of ebay's auction system.
In a real-world auction, 'Sniping' is not possible because the auctioneer allows other parties an oppurtunity to counter-bid after a bid has been placed. I think that Ebay should incorporate a similar system, whereby any bid placed during the closing 60 seconds of an auction extends the auction's alloted time by a further 60 seconds. This process should continue until no bids have been placed for a period of 60 seconds."
If anyone could re-word that to make it more readable i'd appreciate it.
I encourage you to pass these sentiments on to any other relevant message boards you frequent.