There's nothing wrong with sniping and eBay likes it too. I use it all the time, it simply turns in my max bid 5 seconds before auction end and either I get it or I don't. I feel good because I decided in advance what my max bid was. The great thing is I can forget about it and it bids for. As a rule I buy much cheaper, and win far more often. The software I use is senile and they are owned by eBay.
Yeah, it's not going away. I usually don't have the time to watch auctions at the last seconds. I just set my max bid and walk away. I don't know if it makes a difference if I do that with 10 days left or 10 seconds left. I just find it a bummer when I lose at the last second.