Joined: 29 Sep 2007
|Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:48 am Post subject:
Yes, you can do that. However, that defeats the purpose of sniping - waiting until last few seconds to bid so as not to draw attention to the item you're interested in. I guess you could snipe the item manually, but that kind of defeats the purpose of automated sniping - saving time.
Maybe you can find something on eBay that you would like to have but is not a must-have and schedule a snipe for it. If all goes well, then your future snipes should also go well.
There have been some members sign-up to hidbid and for whatever reason, we cannot execute snipes for them. This does not happen often, but it does happen.
One thing you should do before scheduling any snipe - go to that item listing page, enter in a bid and click the "Place Bid" button just as if you are going to place a bid right then, to make sure the bid confirmation page is shown next.
If the bid confirmation page is shown, then all should be well as far as that goes. If some sort of notice is shown by eBay rather than the bid confirmation page, hidbid will not be able to place a bid for you on this item because the notice page adds an extra step to the bidding process.
I think that there is always a possible recall notice shown before the bid confirmation page for toys. I believe there is often a notice shown when the item is a ticket or tickets.
Aside from doing that, you should also be sure that you meet any qualifications that the seller has set for the item. Having a PayPal account is one of the most popular that sellers choose. You almost have to have a PayPal account to buy on eBay anymore anyway as eBay did away with checks and money orders as payment options.
Not having a certain number of bid retractions in the last 30 days, living in a country that the seller is willing to use ship to, and not having 2 or more unpaid strikes in the last 30 days or last year are other options that sellers can choose.
So, if you live in a different country from the seller, be sure that they are willing to ship the item to you in your country. Avoid getting unpaid strikes and retracting bids.
You can just send the seller a question to make sure that you are not restricted from the item.