Problems that sniping creates

An outage on eBay

Occasionally eBay suffers a system-wide "hard outage" and can't accept bids at all for some period of time. eBay's outage policy currently states that auctions will be extended by 24 hours only if a hard outage lasts more than two hours.

If you planned to snipe on an auction that ends during a hard outage less than two hours long, you're out of luck. The last person who bid before the outage began will win.

eSnipe cannot protect you against losing an auction that ended during a hard outage. If an auction's closing is extended, though, eSnipe will automatically enter your bid just before its new closing time.