Bid groups coming - 2010-12-16
We're going to add the bid groups function very soon. We hope you like it, it took a lot of work to create.
It's is going to be a beta version, as we haven't tested it as much as we'd like. So, as with hidbid in general, USE BID GROUPS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I'll make a video showing how to use bid groups shortly.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
1. Our sniper engine needs time to know whether to bid on items in a group. If one of the snipes in a group is a winner, the rest in the group are automatically canceled. So, there should be a minimum of 3 minutes between snipes in a group, to give the sniper engine enough time to determine if the next snipe should be executed, or automatically canceled.
You should give at least 3 minutes for moving a snipe in or out of a group as well. For instance, if you try to move a particular snipe out of a group to make it a single snipe, and there's 50 seconds left in the auction, the snipe will still behave as if part of the group. Hopefully that makes sense.
2. If you set up a group of, for example, 4 snipes, and the 1st one wins and the rest are canceled, that still counts as 4 snipes toward your weekly allotment of 5 free snipes. Snipes are counted be set up, not by execution.
You have to create a bid group to add snipes to it, creating the group name is a bit cumbersome but it seemed the main 'my snipes' page was getting crowded, so we made it so that you go to a new page to do so. To create a new group, you'd click on the 'Bid Group Name Setup' tab, next to the 'Search' tab, on your 'my snipes' page.
To use the snipe group function, you can 1st create a group (you can set the snipes up 1st and then add them to a group in bulk after that if you want, but for the sake of explaining, we'll start with creating the group) by clicking the 'Bid Group Name Setup' tab you'll see next to the 'Search' tab, after logging into hidbid.
Just type the group name into the field and click the 'Add' button, and you should see a confirmation message that the group was created along with the name showing up below the add field.
Now, you can add a snipe to a group right from the snipe set up page during set up (by checking the 'Add' box and selecting the group from the 'Bid Group Name' drop-down menu), or, (in bulk) on your 'my snipes' page, after setting the snipe up. To do so from the 'my snipes' page, check the box next to the snipe(s) you want to add to a group, select the bid group name from the drop down menu next to the words 'Group Names:', and then click the 'Group selected' button.
Groups will be shown underneath the list of your individual snipes on your 'my snipes' page.
You can move snipes in and out of groups after they've been scheduled, if needed just remember the 3 minute minimum when moving or editing your snipes.
To move a snipe out of a group, select its checkbox and then click the 'Ungroup Selected' button. The snipe will now be an individual snipe, independent from the group. It will then show in the list of your individual snipes.
If you have a winner in a group, but decide that you'd like for the rest of the snipes to act as if there's been no winner in the group yet, select that winning snipe and move it out of the group. If you want all of the snipes in a group to execute as individual snipes, bulk move them out of the group by selecting all of their checkboxes before clicking the 'Ungroup Selected' button.
We've tried to not make things confusing for members who have no interest in using groups. The pages are still the same for the most part, so ignore the Group Name Setup tab, and the added 'Add' checkbox and group name drop down list on the set up page if you're not interested in using groups. Those things are the only things added to the original pages, along with the 'Group Selected' button and group name drop down menu on the 'my snipes' page.
Please let us know what you think of the group feature if you do try it out.
Update - 2010-10-28
eBay made some changes to the bid confirm pages, that were preventing snipes from executing. This only affected a couple of members for some reason, for auctions listed on European eBays.
We've updated our sniper engine to work with the newer confirm pages, so all should be well now.
We've sent messages to the members that we know were affected. If you have this problem (snipe engine getting stuck on the bid confirm page), or any other problem, please let us know so that we can look into it.
Back to normal - 2010-10-15
Everything should be back to normal now, there are no more snipes set up before the 8th to execute.
We would have sent an email out to all members to warn you about the problem, but with many emails going out at once, the email services like yahoo and gmail may have detected the messages as spam and blocked them.
Gmail already puts hidbid emails into the spam folder, and sometimes blocks them all together I think, as I've sent a message to my own gmail account before, and didn't get it.
SO, I'D ADVISE MEMBERS TO USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN GMAIL FOR THEIR HIDBID EMAIL ADDRESS. Or, 'whitelist' hidbid's email address in your email account, whether using gmail or any other service.
I thought I had a 'how to' on whitelisting here on hidbid, guess I need to add one. It easy and takes maybe a minute to do.
Anyway, we're working on adding bid groups now. After that, the design will get updated a bit.
After that, we're not sure. We may add functionality for Craigslist (not sniping obviously, but maybe a monitoring service and the ability to search many Craigslist locations at once), some sort of Amazon function, and a saved search/monitoring/email alert for eBay.
However, it may not be worth it to add those things, maybe if they were features available to subscribers, not sure.
If you have any ideas for more features, let us know. Also, please include as to whether adding the feature would make it worth subscribing to our service.
Again, sorry for the server trouble. We've been running well other than that for some time now.
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