+1. Using a sniper such as Gixen is much better than manually entering a bid, or bids, for a few reasons:
- you don't have to stay up until the early hours of the morning for overseas auctions;
- you don't become tempted to place further bids and get involved in a bidding war in the last few minutes of an auction; and
- since it places your bid at the last minute, it avoids the unpleasant side-effect of the "place maximum bid early" strategy, which is that eBay noobs then often place multiple bids in a short period of time, driving up the price dramatically, in an attempt to find out (and beat) your maximum bid.