There are two kinds of sniping tools, web-based tools and tools that run on your computer (or a mix of these). Web-based systems are able to place bids for you whether your computer is on at the time or not, but need your personal eBay account information in order to bid for you. Computer-based tools protect your data, but your computer and network connection must be on and working for automatic sniping to work.
Because sniping services are technically rather easy to create, there are a lot of them out there. This can make it hard to choose between them, particularly when they’re all so similar.
Here’s a list of the most popular sniping services according to Google and Alexa and the most important features (price, security, method of operation, and popularity, amongst other things) of each to help you to choose from amongst them. All of them are fine according to eBay rules.
|Service or Program||Popularity||Price||Web- or Computer-based|
|AuctionSniper||High||1% Per-win Fee||Web|
|AuctionStealer||Medium||Free* or $9/mo$80/yr||Web|
|Bidnapper||Medium||$1.50/win or $8/mo$50/yr||Web|
|eSnipe||High||1% Per-win Fee||Web|
|GIXEN||High||Free||Hybrid (Web or Windows)|
|goSnipe||Low||1% Per-win Fee||Web|
|Hidbid||Low||Free* or $7/mo||Web|
|JustSnipe||Medium||Free* or $5/mo||Web|
|MyiBidder||High||Free||"Hybrid (Web or Windows|
Keeping Safe as a Sniper
Whatever sniping service you ultimately choose to use, remember that web-based sniping systems need your eBay login information in order to place bids on your behalf.
For this reason, it's critical that you understand the safety measures that a sniping service has in place to protect you, and that your eBay login and password not match your login and password information for any other sites that you use (in particular, financial sites like PayPal or your bank), just in case your sniping service is compromised by hackers.