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Thread #79820   Message #1475534
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
01-May-05 - 05:22 AM
Thread Name: BS: eBay Strategy
Subject: RE: BS: eBay Strategy
I had a look at HarvEx mentioned by John and was surprised by its capabilities. After a little thought, I decided that the only way some of that would be feasable would be to have more direct access to ebay than the normal Web interface.

I did some searching and found that there is and APIs and SDKs are available. While I could find plenty in the documentation that would help a seller or a prosepective buyer, I couldn't find a method for making a bid. Further searching the ebay site shows there isn't one (without special arrangements with ebay).

One article I found is here.

Some points to note are that sniping tools have to find thier own workarounds to place a bid and thus are subject to being affected by changes at ebay. esnipe failed for a brief period last year and other services have broken down. Also that ebay seem undecided about sniping and they could end up blocking it (or operating thier own sniping service):

"Possibly due to the controversial nature of sniping (eBayers seem to either love it or hate it), eBay has taken a hands-off approach so far".

Personally I fall into the hate it camp and hope it is blocked...