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Sniping Checklist - Do's and Don'ts

Did you lose a snipe?
Increase your success rate dramatically by reading the following links.

  1. Read this page.
  2. Read Why Did I Lose?
  3. Be familiar with the Complete List of Possible Status/Error Messages.

Snipe Smarter and Start Winning More Auctions

Here is a short checklist that will help you circumvent any of the problems that we may encounter when we try to place your snipes.

For Your eBay Account:

  • Ensure that you have a PayPal account in case sellers require it.
  • Turn off any PayPal Security Keys or 2-Digit Authorizations. Snipes cannot defeat this.
  • Ensure that your PayPal account is linked to your eBay account. (Some sellers can block you for this.)
  • Ensure that, if you changed your eBay password, you made sure to log into our site once since the change.
  • Ensure that you have confirmed your primary PayPal address.
  • Ensure that you have a credit card on file with eBay in case sellers require it.
  • Ensure that you do not have more than 2 Unpaid Item Strikes in one year.
  • Ensure that you have a feedback rating of at least 10.
  • Ensure that you use a strong password to avoid triggering the eBay random security check.
  • Ensure that you are not using a PO BOX for delivery.

For Each Snipe:

  • You accounted for the minimum bid increment.
  • You bid high enough to beat any proxy bids that may be waiting.
  • You did not get blocked by the seller by asking obvious or silly questions, and were not argumentative.
  • Item does not have a reserve price.
  • Item is not a Buy-it-Now where you bid too high; overbids on BIN's are rejected by eBay.
  • The seller allows more than one purchse per buyer (if you bought from them previously).
  • The seller ships to your country.
  • The seller did not end the item early.
  • The listing is not an Immediate Payment listing.
  • The listing does not have country-based export regulations.
  • The seller ships to PO Boxes (if you are using one).
  • The listing is not private auction (blocked to general public).