Gah! Bidding on a couple of items on Ebay today, and I got sniped on both of them!
I don't mind sniping, I just wished Ebay would force it to be "in person"; that is, somebody would need to be sitting behind a keyboard to do it. At least then, only the dihards would do it (that, or hire out a sniping sweatshop).
One of the items I probably won't -ever- see again up for bid; and if I ever do, it is likely to be considered an antique and valuable (say in 20 years). Really, I should've made my bid higher, but I was the only bidder (over a period of 5 days), and I had already set my max bid to 5x the opening bid price.
Then, 30 seconds to the end of bidding, the automatic snipers come in and swoop it up; sometimes I wonder if they even know what they are bidding on? I personally wanted this item for future usage, but also as an item for one of my collections.
I now wonder about a few things; 1) should I be using a sniping system myself, 2) if everybody in the world is sniping, what is the point (except for the sellers, who may see increased profits), 3) am I being stupid for "playing by fair rules"?
The last one really gets me, because I tend to do this in my day-to-day life; I am not one to cheat or lie. If I do see an advantage in my direction, and it is legal to "take that option", I will do so. I suppose one could file "using a sniping system" as such, but part of me sees it also as going against the idea of a fair and balanced auction.
Oh well - just wanted to get that off my chest; it isn't the first time its happened, probably won't be the last - I just "mourn" the loss of an item that I am not likely to see again at any affordable price in my lifetime.
My only consolation is that I can build a similar item fairly cheaply; I just won't have a piece of the history the item I was bidding on represents in my collection.