still, i find it best for something i really want to wait until about 45 seconds left and post my max ... don't know if anyone else does that or not. i went through a real long streak of getting sniped. too cheap to sign up for a snipe software, but this seems to work really well for me. doesn't give the snipers enough time to re-bid. I also snipe manually sometimes, but I snipe within 10 seconds of the end by starting the process at about 15 seconds. 45 seconds gives someone plenty of time to see your bid and top it if they are so inclined. It seems that the first 6 days 23 hours and 59 minutes of an auction is solely for the purpose of allowing interested buyers to find the item. In my experience, most bidding happens inside the last minute.