Last week we publicly launched our eBay Game Sniper tool but I have been using it during testing for the last four months. Here are some tips and success stories I have had during that time.
About the Tool: The eBay Game Sniper shows you newly listed games on eBay with fixed prices below their market values. It lets you know about these deals less than 2 minutes after being posted. So you can buy it before others see the deal.
Success Stories with SniperUsing the tool during the last four months I've purchased 157 auctions at a cost of $4,190 but a value of $6,962. That saved me $2,772 or 40%. Below are some of my favorite deals.
All three Panzer Dragoon games for Sega Saturn. Complete in box and mint condition for $260.
Complete in box Popful Mail for Sega CD. The scratches were very easy to remove and now it is mint.
Earthbound for $110
Tips for Getting Deals with Sniper
Log into eBay First: The best deals are bought very quickly. To increase your odds of winning make sure you are logged into eBay before sniping. Logging into eBay takes me 17 seconds. During this time someone else will have already won.
Streamline Payment: Some listings let you "commit to buy", which lets you win the listing before paying. But many listings will require payment first. Make sure your default shipping address is correct and you select "Yes, streamline my future purchases". This saves steps and valuable time during payment.
Don't Get Sloppy: You need to be fast to win the best deals, but don't try to be so fast that you fail to read the auction title or look at the photo. These are examples of common types of mislisted items:
- "Earthbound for Super Nintendo SNES (1995) Manual" - not selling the game just the manual
- "Suikoden II Playstation (1999)" - photo shows the case & manual only, but game not included
- "Tetris for NES" - listed it with Little Samson details so our value is for a different game