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Auction Sniper Site Goes Mobile, eBay Buyers Save Money
For Auctions, eBay Sniper Tool Now Available on iPhone, Droid, Blackberry and Others
Bellevue, WA - January 5, 2010 - Auction Snipers--eBay auction bidders who postpone bidding until just seconds before the auction is over in order to reduce bidding wars--have long saved money by sniping bids at their desktops. Now they can fire up their iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, Palm Pre, or other mobile devices and place deferred bids on eSnipe, Inc's new SnipeIt! Mobile site at eSnipe.com/m. Bids are executed automatically while the eBay sniper goes about her daily life.
eBay Sniper Service Simplifies Bargain Hunting on Mobile Devices
The process is simple. eSnipe members simply copy the item number into a streamlined, mobile device-friendly web page with just three elements: The item number, their eSnipe username, and their eSnipe password. Once those things have been entered the user is asked for a maximum bidding amount. The rest is up to Rovatron, eSnipe's 24/7 bidding bot. At a default 6 seconds before auction close the bid is placed regardless of what the customer is doing, allowing auctions to be won remotely without requiring human presence at the computer at inconvenient times.
Alternately the bidder can cancel the bid anytime up to 5 minutes before auction closes, a possibility largely denied the bidder by eBay, which regards a bid as a binding contract.
Advanced Auction Snipers Get Near-Telepathic Bidding Powers
The SnipeIt! Mobile site can be configured as a bookmarklet for users of Apple's Safari, making it possible for SnipeIt! Mobile to read the eBay auction page and enter the item number automatically--no copy and paste required. It also lets the page appear in the iPhone exactly like a native iPhone app.
eBay Sniper Requests Had Overloaded Support Lines
"We got a ton of requests for iPhone support but it didn't make sense until the iPhone had copy and paste. Now that it does we've been able to reveal our mobile site to the public," said eSnipe CEO Tom Campbell. "A huge percentage of our customers view their eBay auctions on mobile devices and they've been clamoring for a way to snipe their bids when they're away from home." The same version works on Droid, Blackberry, Palm Pre, and other mobile devices equipped with web browsers.
eSnipe is free to join and offers 30 free bids in the first 14-day period.
eBay Bid Sniper; A Pioneering For-Pay Service
eSnipe places bids for eBay users during the last few seconds of the auction, a practice called "sniping" in online auction parlance. eSnipe launched in 1999 as one of the early eBay sniper services run on high-speed dedicated servers. eSnipe's multiple servers placed over $350 million worth of bids on eBay in 2009 alone. Rovatron, eSnipe's automated bid-placing engine, places well over 12,000 bids a day on weekdays and more than double that on Sundays. At peak periods Rovatron places more than 300 bids per second.
eSnipe's founder placed the site for sale on eBay in December 2000. The auction was won by Tom Campbell, an eSnipe user—using eSnipe to place the winning bid. Former Microsoft program manager Campbell made eSnipe one of the first pay sites on the Internet in June, 2001. To keep merchant account charges low he was forced to devise the first profitable micropayment system on the web. It has been in unbroken operation since. Along with heading up the oldest eBay auction sniper service online, Campbell is also CEO of startup EasyOnMe.
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