Careers Business Ownership How to Use eBay Auction Sniper Gixen to Win Items Share PINTEREST Email Print Getty Images for eBay / Getty Images Business Ownership Industries eBay Retail Small Business Restauranting Real Estate Nonprofit Organizations Landlords Import/Export Business Freelancing & Consulting Franchises Food & Beverage Event Planning E-commerce Construction Operations & Success Becoming an Owner By Aron Hsiao Aron Hsiao Aron Hsiao began selling on eBay in 1998 and joined the site's Trust and Safety Department in 2003, helping to resolve buyer and seller conflicts and marketplace rules violations. From 2013 through 2017, he served as senior communications manager for Terapeak, which offers marketplace research and listing analytics to online sellers. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 10/25/19 Auction sniping is an accepted way to win online auctions without being physically present online to bid on items. It is the practice of entering a winning bid as late as possible during a timed auction event and can be done manually or with software. Sniping software services were created to help buyers bid on auctions without the inconvenience of having to sit in front of the computer at the moment the auction ends. Sniping is automated, time-efficient, and works around the clock. One of the most popular auctions sniping services, Gixen, will help you to win items on eBay without getting caught up in the emotion of bidding on a live auction. Why Use Snipers? Auction snipers serve three purposes, convenience, stealth, and control. The convenience of the tool comes as it allowers bidders to place bids for an eBay buyer who does not have to be physically online or on "eBay.com" to win an auction. Auction snipers hide the identity of the bidder. With auctions, once a bid is placed on an item, it attracts other bids. When individuals bid on an item it can also cause the seller to pay more attention to the auction. The seller may notice misspellings or other errors such as having listed the wrong price. They may correct these errors or remove the listing. A seller may decide they don't want to sell the item to the highest bidder at the listed price and remove the listing—they can do this even if they have received bids as long as the remaining time is under 12 hours. Sellers may also want to cancel an auction if the reserve price was not met. One reason buyers snipe is to stay under the radar and buy listings with errors that they can get at a very low price. The best way to win an item is to wait to bid on it until the last seconds of the auction and grab or "snipe" it. Sniper applications allow bidders to set limits on the bids being placed. eBay buyers are regular people who have budgets, and some of them have shopping problems. Meaning they are compulsive shoppers. Using a sniper allows buyers to set their maximum bid and no more. Gixen Snipers are a third party service that integrates with an eBay account by way of a token. The eBay buyer gives the site, in this case, "Gixen.com", permission to access their eBay account so that the sniper can bid on behalf of the member. The eBay buyer creates a free account on the Gixen app. After setting up some preliminary user information, the buyer can then enter the item numbers of the exact auctions they want to bid on and their highest bid for each item. Gixen will place the buyer's starting bid 30 seconds before the auction ends. If other bidders are either manually bidding or sniping, Gixen will continue to place bids on eBay at appropriate increments until time runs out or the buyer is outbid by someone else. Bids can be entered on Gixen from the moment a listing is posted until it ends. So if buyers are constantly in the market for a certain item—either for personal use or resale—they can set up snipes on an unlimited number of items. Users can go into their Gixen dashboard and change information or delete a bid at any time. The best part is that the entire site is free, so buyers can use it as much as they like with no fees. Most other auction sniping sites charge a monthly or per bid fee. Gixen is User-Friendly There are a lot of ads on the Gixen site, but that is how it can be provided for free. The developers have to make their money somewhere, so ad revenue pays for the site hosting and the techs that keep the site running. So, try to ignore the ads, there are quite a few of them splashed all over the page. Entering bids is very easy, and the bidding dashboard needs no explanation. There is a community forum where users can ask questions and network with other users. There is also a tech support tab where you can ask questions about the site and get answers. As of September 2019, an optional upgrade called Gixen Mirror is available for $6 a year for autorenewing customers and $8 per year for a one year, nonrenewed subscription. Subscribers to Gixen Mirror receive desktop management software and a few other product upgrades. It is for the serious sniper that buys a large volume of items possibly to flip on eBay or other venues. The free version of the tool allows users to 4 winning snipes per month. Snipes above the limit require the user to subscribe to the upgrade, Mirror, app. Other Sniper Tools As mentioned earlier, there are several sniper tools available. Some of the others include EZ Sniper, Snip, Powersnipe, Auctionstealer, BidRobat, and Bidnapper. If you can figure out eBay, Gixen will be easy. Give auction sniping a try the next time you want to buy something on eBay. Millions of auctions go unsold every day so you can score some deals using this tool and exercising some patience and diligence.