Test Your Bidding Speed Here

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Joe Koz, Mar 12, 2004.

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  1. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicagoland
    A lot of you here probably all ready know this, but I just found this out. If you need to know how long it takes your connection (dial-up, DSL, cable) for ebay to post your bid, you can use their test auction page. Remember to be in sync with ebay's time and make sure you note what time you make your bid on your computers clock. Then you go to the auction, click on bids and note what time ebay recorded you bid, subtract that from the time you noted your bid. That will tell you how long it takes for your bid to get there.

    AS Test Auction

    This is for bidding using snipping software.
     
  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    B.C.
    1 sec. DSL all the way baby! :righton:
     
  3. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicagoland
    Dial-up here, Dave. 11 seconds and that's on a good day! :p :p :p

    I don't think they make snipping software for my speed!
     
  4. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    B.C.
    Yup, have been there myself Joe. :agree: Now DSL is actually less expensive than dial-up up here in Canada.
     
  5. Tony Caldwell

    Tony Caldwell Forum Resident

    Location:
    Arkansas
    You Canadians have all the luck!

    Low humidity,
    RUSH,
    Gary (complete with scary avatar),
    cheap Hoffman mastered "Who's Next"
    beautiful fair skinned maidens,
    and cheap DSL!

    If I hear that you have free health care, I think that I might truely go insane.

    "Take off to the great white north, take off, it's a beauty way to go..."

    Be careful out there!
    Tony
     
  6. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    B.C.
    Let me guess Tony...you've never been to Toronto in the Summertime when it's 30C and 100% humidity? :sigh: BTW we have free healthcare for the poverty stricken. :p
     
  7. Tony Caldwell

    Tony Caldwell Forum Resident

    Location:
    Arkansas
    No, I have never been to Canada. I have only ventured as far north as Chicago!

    I hope that the summers are nicer than they are in Arkansas. I live in an area that has lots of lakes. Man, the humidity is unreal sometimes!
     
  8. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam Thread Starter

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    Hi, Dave. Believe it or not DSL isn't available in my area yet, I have all the luck.
     
  9. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    I'll bet it's very similar to Toronto, which is surrounded by The Great Lakes. So hot and humid, it's unbearable without air-conditioning. Just ask Gary. ;)
     
  10. Dob

    Dob New Member

    Location:
    Detroit
    I'm not sure if you are kidding or not, but the sniping sites I'm familiar with place your bid through their server...your computer doesn't even have to be on.

    Is this sniping software something that you install, which then uses your computer to make the bid?
     
  11. -=Rudy=-

    -=Rudy=- ♪♫♪♫♫♪♪♫♪♪ Staff

    Location:
    US
    Got all of you beat: -4 seconds! :D So I can bid after the auction's end and beat everyone! :laugh:

    eBay's clock must be slow. I have the NetTime program installed, and it syncs with the atomic clocks online every 15 minutes. Placed my bid at 10 seconds after the top of the minute :)10) and the bid shows up at 6 seconds after :)06). :(

    Doesn't matter how fast your connection is though...I have 3Mbps inbound speed, but outbound (which is the connection from me to the internet) is only about 120kbps this morning. Not even as fast as ISDN. I used to have Ameritech dial-up and get bids in just about as fast as I do now. It has more to do with your provider, and latency between your connection and eBay. A dial-up connection is only slow until you get to the dial-up node--from there it hits the internet as fast as the backbone can take it. If you do a "ping", the data, round-trip, is still less than a second. The bidding is not sending that much data to eBay either. So if your delay is a second vs. several seconds, I'd tend to blame the provider and not the connection type per se.

    I tried to "ping" and "traceroute" eBay, but they obviously have their servers blocking such requests. However, if I ping "stevehoffman.tv", I get a round-trip figure of 50 milliseconds, and a "traceroute" is similar. I'd be interested to see how dial-up compares to this.
     
  12. -=Rudy=-

    -=Rudy=- ♪♫♪♫♫♪♪♫♪♪ Staff

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    About the same here, too. :( Hot I can handle--sticky I can't.
     
  13. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicagoland
    Yes, all of the snipping software I'm familiar with, you have to install on your computer, you must have your computer on, be on line and (most important) have the sipping software running.
     
  14. JonUrban

    JonUrban SHF Member #497

    Location:
    Connecticut
    You can use a service like "eSnipe", they place your bid from their server. You don't even have to be awake or booted! They will place it 7,4, or whatever seconds before close, you tell them. I have used this service for quite some time now with fairly good success.
     
  15. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicagoland
    Hey, Jon! What's their cut? eSnipe that is!
     
  16. -=Rudy=-

    -=Rudy=- ♪♫♪♫♫♪♪♫♪♪ Staff

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    I just used AuctionSniper this evening. Mainly for their "Bid Group" feature. There were nine items I wanted to bid on--three were in one cluster, and six in another, all closing within seconds of each other. I only wanted to win one of them. I put all nine into a bid group, and the sniper bid on them until I won at the price I wanted. I could not have done what eBay recommends and put bids on all of them, as I may have won more than one of these. I could not manually snipe, or in the first set I'd have possibly lost out on two other bidding opportunities, and the second, five opportunities.

    The online snipers are good, even if you don't want specifically want to snipe. The way Comcast has been here lately, it could have blinked out when I wanted to bid on something. Good cheap insurance for the items I really want. :)
     
  17. Dob

    Dob New Member

    Location:
    Detroit
    I use www.vrane.com. It's free for one snipe at a time...once that snipe has been placed and the auction is over, you get another free snipe. They have all sorts of other premium services, but that one free snipe is usually all I need.
     
  18. JonUrban

    JonUrban SHF Member #497

    Location:
    Connecticut
    eSnipe is free iup to $25.00. Then they have a "points" system that is fairly cheap. I will check it out and get back. I have used them for quite some time, and I think I have spent maybe $10 or so.
     
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