If you buy a lot of stuff on eBay, you may want to consider signing up for Power Snipe, a paid program that places your bid in the last few seconds of an auction. This cuts down on bidding wars that drive up prices. People often try bidding late in the game on their own, but can be foiled by a slow Internet connection or another wiley bidder. In a nutshell, Power Snipe increases your chances of winning at a low price.
A reader named Andrea recommended Power Snipe. “I’ve used it several times and have only lost one auction,” Andrea said. “I get stuff super cheap and on my terms this way. And I never have to pay attention to the auction–it does it all for you! Even searches using keywords. Got my kid’s snow gear and a painting selling in a gallery for $300 for $95.”
Power Snipe costs $50 a year so it is not for casual eBay users. Members tell Power Snipe which auctions to watch, set their maximum bid, and wait for an email from Power Snipe after the auction has ended. The program also searches for auctions by the product you are looking for and lets you to bid on the same item from different sellers until you win at the price you set.