If you enter snipes from your keyboard, you risk making a mistake at the
last minute. If you click the wrong button, drop the mouse, or get distracted at
the wrong time—you're out of the game. Just as there's no time for other
bidders to respond to your bid, there's no time to correct any mistake you make.
Computers don't make mistakes, but since they're programmed by fallible humans,
there's always a risk that an error in eSnipe's software could make you lose
an auction you would otherwise have won. A computer
virus or a catastrophic failure in one of eSnipe's servers could have the same effect.
eSnipe tests its software very carefully before putting it
in service, and uses redundant systems and sophisticated virus protection to avoid
other types of problems. Its performance to date has been very good. The risk that
any such problem will interfere with your bid is very small.