Ebay Sniper Software

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 31, 2007
Updated • Jul 30, 2013

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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  1. herman said on February 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Erinkmann, wrongly called this Software. IT IS NOT. This is an online Service, that you can access thru an app, there is a gigantic difference.

    if you use a sniping service: They know what you bid. These services know all of the bids (snipes) that you or others place. You spend hours trolling thru eBay looking for that one good deal, post it on a sniping service like any that are listed here, and people at that service cull through the snipes and decide if they themselves want to place a higher bid, or even create an “error” canceling your bid so they can place a bid instead of you.

    I have seen it happen. Why do you think the services are free?

    Also, the services constantly ‘ping’ the auction listing alerting eBay that there is a snipe set for that auction and eBay, in turn, will place that listing at the top of any search results- meaning the buyer who did the work and set the snipe will now have several people bidding against them who never would have otherwise.

    Also these services require that you give them your eBay sign in information, so they can sign in and review your entire eBay account- there is nothing stopping them.

    These services might be okay if you’re bidding on something like baby clothing, but if you are trying to snipe valuable or collectable items, or an item that is easily shipped and resold- be forewarned that the people you will be bidding against aren’t random eBay shoppers but the very people who work for the sniping service and know your exact snipe amount.

    Rather than a SERVICE, please name ONE program, you know like PhotoShop, where I can purchase upgrades when needed- even if that program’s initial cost is $1k, because believe me, those sniping services can make more than $1k per year on any individual buyer who is dumb enough to use it to snipe valuable items.

  2. ebaybunny said on March 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I just downloaded JoyBidder from Mozilla add-on site. It has similar and more functions as Biet-O-Zilla.
    There isn’t much documentation or help, but if you have used Biet-O-Zilla, Auction Sentry or any other sniper software before, you should be okay.
    Here is the link.

    Oh, since it is new and still in experiment status, so Mozilla requires you to login to download the addon.

  3. Nochkin said on September 5, 2007 at 1:21 am

    I have another extension for Firefox to snipe eBay auctions. It’s currently in Sandbox section, but in working condition. I think you have to register on addons.mozilla.org in order to access this section.
    Supported for latest Firefox 2.0.0.x:
    You can see a screenshot first to make sure this is the one you want. I like it myself :)

  4. OLIRC said on August 31, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Nope JB no go which could be that i’m runnin Swedish OS with then Swedish FF? Just get’s me “not a valid installation packet” when i downloaded it because direct install didn’t worked so i’m givin up now.

  5. JB said on August 31, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    @OLIRC: I have it running in FF I can’t remember exactly where I got it from. In the credits for it, it says the website is http://mozware.free.fr/bietozilla/, but that isn’t working.

    I think what I did is use Archive.org to grab it. That version works with 2.0.0.*. Biet-O-Zilla v0.8.3. Try this link to the archived site: http://tinyurl.com/39arwt. Sorry bout that.

  6. OLIRC said on August 31, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Ehh JB that Biet-O-Zilla works with FF 1.0 and i’m runnin Btw noticed that it’s from February 18, 2005 so that explains it.

  7. JB said on August 31, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Biet-O-Zilla may be of interest too. It is a Firefox plugin. http://sourceforge.net/projects/bietozilla

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