eBay auction sniper


To members, especially ones getting login errors on snipes - 2017-03-22

A few members are getting login errors for their snipes, preventing them from executing.

It could be that you entered your ebay login info (your password most likely) incorrectly, but I'm guessing you entered it correctly and that ebay showed a captcha image to the sniper engine, which the sniper engine can not work through.

I'm also guessing that if you visit ebay and login, you'll be shown a captcha image that you need to type in before logging in. Maybe more than once.

When testing code that we plan on adding to hidbid, I purposely entered wrong ebay login info. I did that 3 times. After that, I logged into ebay manually maybe 5 times through the day, and each time I had to enter a captcha shown, sometimes twice.

Maybe the 6th time however, no captcha was shown, and a snipe I had set up before testing failed login attempts, did execute, early the next day.

So, if you'd like to try another snipe, I'd recommend logging into ebay manually a few times through the day, working through any captcha images shown. If you do encounter them but after a few successful logins, they're no longer shown, you should be good to go with another snipe. JUST BE SURE THAT YOU ENTER YOUR CORRECT EBAY INFO FOR ANY SNIPE OR THE CYCLE WILL PROBABLY REPEAT.

You may also see a security questions page, or some other similar page that I have not yet encountered. Work through them as well, before setting up another snipe.

eBay's automated security system is set up to prevent hijacked accounts, and failed login attempts trigger it.

Please let me know if you have had login errors with your snipe(s), and you do attempt to set up another snipe and if the things above I mentioned are how things played out.

Still looking ok - 2017-03-17

Snipes are still executing as they should. Still working on some changes, second guessing some others.

I'll make another update when I have more news.

Still looking ok - 2017-03-16

Snipes are still executing ok. We had one today that had a login error, that could have been because the member input the wrong username or password when setting up the snipe. It could also have been a case where ebay rejected the login even though the login info was correct.

We've not checked, still working on the planned code changes/additions.

When we add some of them to the site, a login attempt to ebay will be made when you set up a snipe. If the login is rejected (some sort of special response page is shown rather that prevents the login), you'll be shown that page here (you can then do what is needed to prevent the special page from showing in the future - maybe pay for items you've not yet paid for, whatever else it may be, if possible) on hidbid, and the snipe will be rejected. There's no sense in allowing a snipe to be set up that won't execute.

It may be a few days still before that and other things are changed added.

I'll keep posting here, monitoring the stats.

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