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jBidWatcher is a Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (yen, pound, dollar [US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese], Swiss Francs, and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, a unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and Mac OS X from the same binary.

Currently it is only implemented for eBay, but it is abstracted suitably to work with any more...

What's New

Version 2.5.6:

Note: This release fixes problems related to eBay's 'Fix Your Password' changes. It recognizes the interstitial that they put up and lets you know you have to change your password. Once you've changed your password on eBay, entered it in JBidwatcher, shut down and restarted, the login should be green.

  • Recognize 'Fix Your Password' interstitial and warn
  • more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Java 1.5 or later

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Just Fred Member IconReview+24
Just Fred
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Mavericks (10.9.1) is reporting "'JBidwatcher' is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash." I've downloaded it twice with the same result. Is it Mavericks and GateKeeper, or is this a munged file?

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Version 2.5.5
Neal
+0

Damaged here too. Needs reposting.

RavenNevermore
+0

I updated it though the application itself.

Setsupper Member IconReview+5
Setsupper
+1

JBidWatcher runs fine on European Bids still in Mid-December 2013. It works fine about 99% of time (I use Lion). Sometimes the display of a passed bid does not move from active to past. But otherwise like on bids, Version 2.5.3pre3 works very stable. It’s good for a calmer life.

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Version 2.5.3pre3
Mark_W. Member IconReview+3
Mark_W.
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While Jbidwatcher may have it's occasional bugs from eBay changing their functions, I have found the software to be functional about 98% of the time.

It has been running fine on the three Macs that I own for the last year at least.

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Version 2.5.3pre3
chrischan Member IconReview+12
chrischan
+1

Right now it is drop dead broken. Has been for about a month. At least on a mac. No thumbnails, no shipping, freezes all the time. And now I can't even add auctions...and it doesn't find my watched items either. In essence, NOTHING works. And no response from the developer. I've used this for years with much success, which is the only reason I am giving it 3 stars. But don't bother downloading it right now. Does nothing.

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Version 2.5.3pre3
Joan Bueter
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Same with me. Used it for years but now it won't go past loading auctions. That's it. I upgraded java, trashed jbidwatcher, reloaded jbidwatcher and it will not move past loading auctions. I'll have to find another bidder if I can't get this fixed.

Neartheredrocks Member IconComment+183
Neartheredrocks
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It's only sometimes and most of the times not possible to enter a snipe bid or a normal bid for an item with "Buy it now" option. It would be great if that could get fixed. Besides that it's a great application.

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Version 2.5.3pre3
Zx Member IconReview+380
Zx
+0

What a mess! is this a mac app???

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Version 2.5.3pre3
RavenNevermore
+3

It's a Java app. They don't follow the Mac HUD guidelines. They even say above that it has a "a relatively nice UI". It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works, and that's why you use an application.

Zx
+1

it barely works. Many bugs inaccuracies and slowdowns.

RavenNevermore
+0

Not for me. I'm using it right now. Over the last couple of weeks I've won seven actions with it. The only one I didn't win was because I didn't want to spend any more for the item. There were all won by sniping at the last 30 seconds. Sorry to hear it's not working for you. I've been using it for years now.

Jazzyguy Member IconComment+3699
Jazzyguy
+1

I've always used this successfully.But in this version using ML 10.8.2 it keeps asking me for my user ID and password I fill it out test it,It is successful and I SAVE it and it asks for my password and user name over and over and over again . I keep saving it after testing successfully and finally in total disgust trash the app. I'm sorry because all other versions on Snow Leopard and Leopard always worked!

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Version 2.5.3pre3
RavenNevermore
+0

Try deleting the preferences. It's been working fine for me on ML 10.8.3.

Jazzyguy
+1

Thank you David but that didn't work. I completely trashed the app using App Cleaner including the preferences and saved state. I then installed a fresh copy of jBidwatcher. I tested my user name and password and saved it. When I tried to include my auctions it gave me a message that I can't include any auctions without inserting my user name and password. I did it again and after saving got the same message again,so I trashed the app and its preferences.

Jazzyguy
+1

I have written to the developer including all the details of the reason this app won't work for me.For future problems if anyone wants to write to the developer(His address is not on the web site or it is in a place that is hard to find)His email address is Cyberfox@jbidwatcher.com

RavenNevermore
+0

Good tip. The help section talks about errors:

"Pull up the context menu on the item that failed, while JBidwatcher is still running, and select 'Show Last Error'. It will show the web page that JBidwatcher got instead of the bid success page. It will give you some idea what went wrong. You should also report it, and the information that was on the 'Last Error' page to cyberfox@gmail.com "

Jazzyguy
+1

David,I notice that you stated in a reply to some other user that it was a Java app. I don't have the Java on my Mac only Java script.

RavenNevermore
+0

It is a Java app. That's what the "J" means in the name. Java Script is not Java, and you don't have that on your Mac, that's something that runs in your web browser.

If you didn't have Java installed, this would not start up. ML doesn't install Java, but if you had it already from Lion and earlier, then you have it. If you did a clean install, it offers to download Java.

Go to Terminal and type:

java -version

and hit enter and it will tell you the version of Java you have installed.

Mine comes up:

java version "1.7.0_06"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_06-b24)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.2-b09, mixed mode)

Jazzyguy
+1

Apparently I have Java Installed. BUT I do not see Java in Application/Utilities where it is usually stored. Here is the output of Terminal: java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)

RavenNevermore
+0

What used to be in Utilities was the Java Preferences app. Apple removed that with Mountain Lion because they aren't releasing any Java updates anymore, and you have to get them from Oracle. I got the Java Preferences app from a backup and it still works. You might want to try and install the Java update from Oracle. I found it made the Java apps run faster, even if they are using the older version. I don't know what that is however.

Jazzyguy
+1

OK! DAVID Thanks for the tip! I will install an updated Java from Oracle. In the meantime I have written the Developer At the Gmail address you have given me.

Jazzyguy
+1

I did go to Oracle.Com and downloaded a new Java But when I went to terminal This Is The Output java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-11M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)

Jazzyguy
+1

But In the Oracle.com web site when I ran the test to see if I have the proper version it showed I have the latest version.

Jazzyguy
+2

I have come to the conclusion David that jbidwatcher is just not worth the trouble I am having. In short I give up.The Developer probably gets a lot of mail and can't get around to all of it. It is working just fine on my Snow Leopard Macs.I use them more often to bid on auctions. You must admit Ihave tried my best. Even though the app accepted my user name and password the interface still said I as not logged in but the satis bar said the password cookie was assigned. The contextual interface did not appear but the activity monitor within jbidwatcher said I was not logged in. What a real mess! Hardly worth the trouble.

Jazzyguy
+1

I got a reply from the Developer and if anyone else needs help on this here is the reply : There's something weird about your font...anyhow, ML may be refusing to let JBidwatcher talk to the file system. It's probably part of its Gatekeeper thing...

I didn't sign the 2.5.3pre3 pre-release, and that may be what's eating at it.

Check your gatekeeper settings, and make sure you turn off JBidwatcher's 'Quick setup' mode and go to the full configuration tabs before you enter your information and save it. JBidwatcher's quick config is having problems on many folks systems, unfortunately.

Jazzyguy
+2

I might add that I don't use quick config and I have my Gatekeeper off so that the information from the Developer (so long waited) is of no use to me at all!

Shk747 Member IconReview+136
Shk747
+1

the "must" for everyone ..

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Version 2.5.2
Luka1975 Member IconReview+1
Luka1975
+1

Simply the best.

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Version 2.1.6
pcharles Member IconReview+115
pcharles
+1

At one time this was one of my favorite Applications for searching eBay, but I have since found that Auction Hunter provides a slightly better experience. both Applications are at the mercy of eBays ever changing mindset, so you never really know whether it will work when you need it or not.

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Version 2.1.5
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Ingerj
Version 2.5.5
user icon+2
Kliere
Version 2.1.3
user icon+7
Gazzmanzx6
Version 2.1.3
user icon+115
pcharles
Version 2.1.3
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