Originally Posted by zerostyle
A question on sniping:
The bid process has 2 screens, the first bid/submit, and then the confirmation.
If you hit the first submit within the remaining time, but then take too long on the followup screen, do you miss out?
(I'm trying to figure out the best timing in the countdown where I can get in at the very last second but also not so late that I'll miss out).
I usually start the process around the 8sec mark. Too soon?
I now use a service to snipe for me... especially when the ending time of the auction is at a very inconvenient time. I got a sweet deal on a pair of shoes a month or so ago where the auction ended at 6pm Eastern on Christmas day.
If you want to do it yourself, what I would suggest is opening 2 tabs or browser windows.
1st window: Stay on the item page and just monitor the bids
2nd window: Place your highest possible bid when there is 30 seconds left. You'll be taken to the confirmation page.
From there, switch back to your 1st window and monitor the time/bids. Switch back with 8 secs left and confirm your bid. No one has time to react when you confirm with 8-6 secs left.
The whole point of sniping is to not get into a bidding war and move the price way too high. Bidding with less then 8 secs left will accomplish that in my experience.
The key is not really the bidding, but managing your emotions when buying. If you can determine the REAL max price that you are willing to pay, then don't be upset if someone pays a bit more than you and gets it. After all, they paid more then you were willing to pay.