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eSnipe Company Profile: Auction 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. eSnipe is privately held.

eSnipe Milestones

  1. eSnipe has been profitable longer than Amazon
  2. eSnipe’s micropayment service is the oldest on the web and has been in continual operation since June, 2001
  3. eSnipe was purchased by its present owner in December 2000-on eBay, using eSnipe to place the bid!
  4. RovatronTM, eSnipe's automated bid-placing engine, places more than 300 bids per second at peak times.
  5. eSnipe’s users typically save over $4 million per month (winning price vs. maximum bid price submitted)

eSnipe CEO Tom Campbell

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. Campbell was the architect of the computer language Builder and CEO of hyperkinetix in the pre-Web era.


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