Bid-O-Matic is a so called sniper tool for eBay. Sniper tools take advantage of the speed that computers use to perform tasks in comparison to humans. It takes only a fraction of a second to bid on an eBay auction for a computer while a human would need between 5-15 seconds to do the same.
Sniper tools are mainly used to send a last bet for an item to eBay making it impossible for humans to react in time against the new bid. Bid-O-Matic has some nice features that make it worthwhile in my opinion. It is first possible to group items and define an amount that you want to win.
Lets say you have found four Dell notebooks on eBay and want to win one. You would group all four together, add a maximum bid for each item and wait until the auctions end. If you win the first item Bid-O-Matic will stop bidding on the other three. If you do not win the first, it will try to win the second, then third and finally the fourth.
One of the most important features of a sniper tool is of course time synchronization. You want to make sure that Bid-O-Matic uses the same time as the eBay server so that the last second bids can be fired off exactly during that time. Bid-O-Matic offers a way to sync the time which you can find in the options.
Yet another sniper tool :-) BOM is a tool to watch and bid on auctions. Many features like mail control, autoconnect/disconnect, integrated ODBC- client, multi-language-support, time sync, item grouping etc
Several users may use Bid-O-Matic with different eBay accounts which is good if more than one eBay account exist. One word of advice. You probably have to change the language to English. This can be done by clicking on "Sprache" in the main menu and selecting Englisch from the list.
Update: The eBay sniper program is still in active development, with the latest version released in the beginning of 2012.Advertisement
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