is distributed in two ways. The first way is in the form of desktop
software. This software sits on your desktop like any other program
(ms word for example). You put in your auction numbers and at
the last seconds the software contacts eBay and your bid is placed.
Most desktop software requires your computer be on AND connected
to the Internet at the time the auction closes. This is not practical
for people who donít want to have their computers on and tying
up their phone lines 24/7. Another pitfall of the desktop snipers
is that many of them can not adjust to page formats eBay makes,
so if eBay changes the format of the pages, it renders the desktop
sniper useless until you perform an update.
smart alternitive to the desktop software pitfalls is the online
service. An online service is software that sits on a enterprise
server, like Yahoo email, it works independently from your computer
and is generally far more reliable. Your information is kept in
a secure database, similar to an online bank. You can check your
account anytime and schedule auctions at any computer with a web
Also the software companies that put these services
out are generally larger, well known companies.
are generally more reliable and sophisticated so they are sometimes
a little more expensive.
Unless you like constant problem solving, trying to find out what
went wrong, stay with the online services. They will save you
money in the long run and are generally more reliable.†