Wanna win an auction that ends at 9 o'clock tomorrow.

I don't think I'm capable of pulling an all-nighter, staying up until it's finished.

But if I go to sleep, the chances of me waking up before 9 o'clock are very slim.

Oh, what to do, what to do...

schedule a sniping software to do the bidding for you? :002_lurk:

@kaia I have no idea where to even begin with that. Never even heard the term "sniping software" before tbh

I guess I'll just set up 15 alarms for tomorrow morning and hope that at least one manages to wake me up.

Assuming the bidding system works like eBay, it depends on how you bid. Do you bid on multiple of the same thing hoping you'll get one and only one? Then sniping helps you get one without exceeding your overall budget. But if you bid on only one at a time, you can put in your max and it will autobid in increments up to your max. Sniping doesn't help that because it already has to exceed your max. I never understood the uproar over the sniping software in those cases.

@aaravchen Sniping, guessing from the name, is placing a bid moments before the auction closes, so that others can't even react to it? I remember this being common practice on auction sites where autobids weren't a thing, though it was done manually.

You made me realise, though, that I can just autobid and hope that nobody beats me by morning. I'm used to no autobidding (havent used an auction site in like 8 years), so I somehow didn't realize that I didn't have to be there the whole time.

Yeah, that's what sniping is, last minute bidding.
If the system doesn't have autobidding, I feel your pain. My wife trying to bid on a live auction last year hosted on IG of all places was the most stressed I've been in a long time. And sniping/last minute bidding was the biggest worry.

@aaravchen I remember, one game I used to play way back had an auction system, and it was quite a challenge to get anything because last minute bidders were rampant. So if you wanted to buy anything, you'd have to know the likely amount a sniper would bid, then go above that and send it like 3 seconds before the end, juuust enough for the server to process your bid but not enough for anyone else to even see your bid.

And then the server would lag and you'd lose your chance.

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