Then why not just put the maximum amount you're willing to pay into Gixen or another sniper? You'll get the same results without drawing more attention to the item and having it bid up. You're giving other bidders more chances to overbid you. I usually just put the max amount I'm willing to pay into Gixen and I'm comfortable with whatever happens.
I use automatic bidding and don't snipe.
On drawing attention: all else equal, I'm more likely to bid if there are fewer bids because I expect to have to pay less. Assuming other people think this way, I'd rather bid early to signal interest in the item and hope that some bidders are scared away.
I suppose this is worse than sniping if there are lots of bidders who like a fight, or who never auto bid but would be happy to pay more.