Ebay sniper tools give users the edge over those who do not use them when it comes to the bidding process on auctions on the shopping site. It takes just a fraction of a second to bid on an item using eBay Sniper software programs, while it usually takes between 5-10 seconds if you bid on an item manually. These tools are usually configured to make a bid just a second or two before the auction ends so that other - manual - bidders cannot react in time to increase their bid before the auction runs out. While it does not guarantee that you will win an auction, considering that manual bidders may place a higher bid before the sniping software kicks in, it more often than not gets you the winning bid.
Ebay Sniper tools have another use that makes them superior. It is possible to group items and configure the tool in a way so that it bids to win one (or more) of the items in that group. The program will then automatically process all items in the group one by one until an auction is won. You set a maximum price that you are willing to pay for an item, and the sniper software will bid on items until an auction is won or until there are no more items in that group that match your requirements.
The best free eBay Sniper software that I know is called Biet-O-Matic and can be downloaded from Sourceforge. It supports item groups, remote control over email, user accounts, unlimited items, adding items by article number or browsing and support of different languages.
Update: The developers of the Open Source program have created a Firefox add-on for the application, that allows you to send auctions that you are interested in right from the eBay website to the sniping software. This makes the process of adding new auctions that you want to bid on more comfortable in the process.
First thing that you need to do is add at least one eBay account to the program. To do so click on Window > Options and enter your username and password under the Bid tab here. Here you can also configure when to bid and configure other program related features in details (e.g. the use of a proxy if required).
Once done you can add auctions to the program via the auction's item number. There is no built-in search which is a bad of a let-down as it means more work for you as you need to collect auction item IDs on the eBay site manually to add them to the program. You also need to make sure the software is running in the background so that it can bid when auctions near their end time.
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