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How do I set up an eBay snipe?

Scroll down to see the images and accompanying text explaining how to set up (schedule) an eBay snipe.

There are a couple of ways to get to the "snipe set up" page (by using the eBay search feature on our homepage or by using the eBay search feature on the "Search eBay" page - the link located in the navigation table).
However, for the sake of this tutorial, we will work from your "my items" page.
Click on the "my items" link shown in the navigation table on the left hand side of the page, if you are not already there (you are automatically taken to your "my items" page when you log in to bidball).

You have a choice of setting up a snipe by eBay item # or searching eBay by keyword/keyword phrase from bidball and then setting up a snipe or an item that you find.
We'll start with setting up a snipe by eBay item #.
Go to the eBay item listing page and copy the item #. It is just to the right of the auction title near the top of the listing page.
Copying the item # is faster than typing it in, and it prevents typing errors.

Paste in the item # into the "Item #" field on your bidball "My Items" page.
Click here to skip the next few images/captions as they cover doing a search from bidball and then setting up a snipe.

To set up a snipe by first searching eBay from bidball, enter in your search term(s) into the "enter key words" field and then click on the "Search" button.

Now, scroll down below the search table to see the resulting eBay listings matching your search.
In the yellow bar just above the results, you'll see that you have the options to see all matching listings, only matching auctions, or only "Buy it Now" listings - sniping is not needed for items that are listed strictly as "Buy it Now"s, but we still have included that option for searches.
You also have the options to sort the matching items by best match, price (from lowest to highest current price), and ending time (from earliest to latest).
To choose any of these options, just click on the link(s) - "All Items" and "Best Match" are chosen by default.

You can scroll down through the results to hopefully find what you are looking for.
If you get down to the bottom of the page, there will be numbered links that will take you to the next page of the results.

If you see an item that looks promising, you can click on the title link or the item image to get more information.

A new tab will open in your web browser and you'll be taken to the eBay auction listing page.

If the item turns out to be what you are looking for and you want to schedule a snipe for it, we strongly recommend that you enter a bid and click the "Place Bid" button, just as if you were placing a bid - don't worry, your bid not be submitted to eBay when you click the "Place Bid" button as there is a bid confirmation page that should be shown next, where you'll have to confirm your bid.
The idea behind this is to make sure that the bid confirmation page is shown next, rather than some sort of recall or other type of notice.
If the bid confirmation page is not shown, then bid ball will not be able to place a bid (snipe) for you on the item because of the extra step involved when some sort of notice is shown.
It seems that eBay adds more types of notices that are shown before a bid confirmation page all of the time. I know that they do it for some types of tickets that are sold on eBay, or any items that are related to a possible recall notice, etc.

As you can see in the image above, the bid confirmation page for this item was shown, so all should be well and bidball will be able to snipe the item.
DO NOT click the "Confirm Bid" button located in the bottom left hand corner of the page, as your bid will be placed immediately if you do.

When you find an item that you want to schedule a snipe for, click on the "Snipe it" button for that item back on bidball.

If you scroll down a bit below the search fields, you'll see the item information.

Scroll down a little farther, and enter your maximum bid in the "Your maximum bid" field. Remember, your bid will be placed in the currency that that particular item was set up to use. So, if you enter in "50", your maximum bid will be 50 US dollars if that is what the auction is set up to use, 50 GBP if that is what the auction is set up to use, etc.
Leave the "quantity" at "1", unless you are bidding on a Dutch auction and want more than one of the item.
Enter in your eBay password. Remember, it is your eBay password and not your bidball password.
You have the option of being updated about the auction listing by SMS on top of e-mail. To do so, just check the box next to " Notify me by SMS as well". Obviously, you'll have to give us your cellular phone number. You can do so on the "SMS Settings" page.
Remember however, each SMS message sent to you will cost you $.20, so be sure that using this option is worth it to you.
Also, you will have to have at least $2.00 in your bidball "credit" account to cover the cost of the SMS messages.

Now, just scroll down a little bit farther and click on the "Snipe It!" button.

That's it.
You should now be taken to your "My Items" page where you will see the snipe that you just scheduled.
In the gray box just to the right of the snipe information, you will see the status of the snipe.
The hourglass symbol signifies that the snipe is pending or waiting - until it is time to execute.

Click on the link below to continue on to the next "How to use" tutorial:
"How do I edit or delete an eBay snipe that I have scheduled?"

Or, click on the "How to use" link located below and to the right, to go back to the main "How to use" tutorial page.