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Online Auction Sniping Application

Published 11/12/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Ebay is a very popular place for buyers, which also makes it a highly competitive place. Users want to get the best price, but the auction format means they could lose the item to someone else if they are not careful. Many users have adopted a method of bidding called “sniping.” Sniping means jumping in at the last second to place a bid just before the auction time runs out. Doing this means that no one will be able to bid after you and raise the price further, and you will get the item (provided you are fast enough). GoSnipe gives users a more effective way to snipe on Ebay. GoSnipe lets users set up an automated bid. The application enters the bid for the user as the last seconds of the auction tick down. This way, the user doesn’t have to sit and wait to avoid missing the end of the auction, and they squeeze in at the last possible moment so others can’t do the same.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Mohammed Shaikley and John Heathco founded GoSnipe in March of 2010. The founders saw the benefit of having an automated application that could snipe for an Ebay user. With competition so tense on the internet’s most popular auction site, having a more effective way to bid is important. The result of their efforts is GoSnipe, an easy to use application that includes features like bidding groups bid alerts.

What are the differences to other apps?

Sniping has been occurring on Ebay for a long time, and there have been other sniping applications created in the past. However GoSnipe is easy to use and gives users maximum control of their bids. The application provides features like alerts when a bid is too low and bidding groups so a user can select a group of items to bid on. Once an item from the group is won, the other bids are canceled, increasing the user’s chances of getting the item they want at the price they were looking for.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

GoSnipe uses colorful icons and easy to understand data entry fields to assist users in their Ebay purchases. The GoSnipe interface is uncluttered and includes simple data requests so the user doesn’t have to spend a lot of time setting up their bids. The website compliments the application, with a blue and white color scheme and well spaced layout that makes it easy for users to navigate.

How does the registration process work?

GoSnipe users can create an account by clicking on the white “Sign up free!” button found at the bottom left hand side of the homepage. The form is very short, asking for an Ebay username, Ebay password and email address. The user must also check the terms of service agreement check box before clicking the grey “Sign Up!” button to finalize registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

GoSnipe is currently in beta, so anyone can sign up for free. Users can access all features and try GoSnipe for nothing. The site also provides support through forums and a contact form, which is a nice bonus for a free application. Of course, the site hints at paid accounts or subscriptions after beta has ended and it has officially launched. No further details are provided as far as how much GoSnipe will cost or how pricing will be set up.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Ebay users can really appreciate the benefit of using GoSnipe. The program can help ensure a win at a great price while bidding on Ebay auctions. The interface is easy to use so users of all tech skill levels can quickly adapt and begin successfully bidding.

  • Set up a sniping bid that will automatically be placed by GoSnipe
  • Set up bid groups that are canceled once one item from the group has been won
  • Utilize a community forum or support contact form for assistance
  • Receive notifications that let the user know when they have won and item or when the bid is too low
  • Bid with GoSnipe security which includes SSL safety measures

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